Landmine activist to speak at Global Health Day

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Landmines have maimed or killed millions of people. They continue to kill civilians even after a conflict ends. The biggest victims of landmines are children, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. 

The Global Health Program at West Virginia University will host landmine activist Alison Bock for its annual Global Health Day event Nov. 16.

In 2003, Bock founded Landmines Blow!, a nongovernmental organization created to raise awareness of landmines and their impact on civilians. A year after its establishment, Landmines Blow! became part of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement partnership program and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Bock speaks and writes about landmines and cluster munitions, the global water crisis, refugees, the empowerment of women, peace and other subjects.

“Landmines and the destruction they cause affect millions of people around the world,” Melanie Fisher, M.D., director of the Global Health Program at WVU, said. “We are looking forward to hearing about Ms. Bock’s experiences traveling the world and raising awareness on this topic of international significance. We are very excited to welcome her to WVU.”

Before starting Landmines Blow!, Bock worked in communications in the healthcare industry in Chicago for 15 years. From 1990 to 1995, she served as a team captain for AIDS WALK Chicago. Her team raised more than $200,000 to benefit AIDS research.

She was a finalist in the Volvo For Life Awards in 2007 and received a nomination for The American Red Cross Everyday Hero Award in 2008.

Bock’s Global Health Day speech, “The Global Landmine Crisis,” is noon in Room 1905 in the WVU Health Sciences Center.

About the Global Health Program at WVU
Formerly known as the International Health Program, the Global Health Program at WVU was established in 1991 as an interdisciplinary program at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. It is a student-centered program composed of faculty, students and staff who work to promote the education of students and healthcare professionals in global health.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
asj: 11-02-09

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