Press conference set on Venezuela disaster

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WHAT: A press conference to give an update on relief efforts and the situation in Venezuela will be held at the Pan American Health Organization Thursday.
WHEN: The press conference will be Thursday Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: PAHO Headquarters, 525 23rd St., N.W., in Room B on the 2nd Floor. PAHO is at Virginia Avenue and 23rd St., some 4 blocks south of Foggy Bottom Metro.

WHO: PAHO Deputy Director Dr. David Brandling-Bennett, Venezuela's Ambassador to the OAS Virginia Contreras, PAHO disaster relief experts, and representatives from the Organization of American States.

WHY: Venezuela has been battered by heavy rains, floods and mudslides which have left some 200,000 people homeless. As many as 20,000 are feared dead. Officials from Venezuela and PAHO will give an update on the latest situation in Venezuela, the international relief efforts to date, and the country's greatest needs.

PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization, founded in 1902, works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and raise the living standards of their peoples. It serves as the Regional Office of the World Health Organization, and has offices in 27 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as nine scientific and technical centers apart from its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

For more information please call Daniel Epstein Tel (202) 974-3459, Fax (202) 974-3143, Office of Public Information, e-mail:
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W. Washington, DC
20037, USA -