MEDIA ADVISORY: April 3 Briefing on COVID-19


April 3 Briefing on COVID-19 with Dr. Daniel Singer, Regional Director for Central Asia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
Joshua Karnes, Director of Central Asia Health and Education Office, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


Please join us on Friday, April 3, for an press briefing with Dr. Daniel Singer, Regional Director for Central Asia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Joshua Karnes, Director of Central Asia Health and Education Office, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The speakers will discuss U.S. Government efforts on combatting COVID-19 answer questions from participating journalists.


Date: Friday, April 3
Time: 12:00 (Brussels) | 16:00 (Bishkek) | 6:00 (Washington, DC)

Language: English (With Russian interpretation)
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Dr. Daniel Singer
Regional Director for Central Asia
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Daniel Singer is currently the Regional Director of CDC’s Central Asia Office. He is an internal medicine physician with expertise in global health and health policy who has worked in multiple countries on four continents in both clinical and public health capacities.

Dr. Singer began his public health career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in 1999. He left the agency for a series of distinguished federal positions focusing on global health and the integration of science and policy. He returned to CDC in 2012, first as the chief of the Public Health Systems Branch for CDC/Malawi and most recently as the chief of the Health Systems and Solutions Branch for CDC in Maputo, Mozambique. Prior to rejoining CDC, Dr. Singer was Associate Director for Global Health Research and International Activities at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health. He has also served as the Senior Medical Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Health and Biodefense and the Eighth Luther Terry Fellow in the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Dr. Singer is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. Among his awards, he has received the Award for Distinguished Service from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Superior Service Award from the Secretary of State, and a Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Surgeon General. In 2012 he was named U.S. Public Health Service Applied Public Health Physician of the Year.

Dr. Singer received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He did his internal medicine residency in at the University of Maryland and completed his Masters in Public Health in International Health at Johns Hopkins University. He resides in Almaty, Kazakhstan with his wife and three children.

Joshua Karnes
Director of Central Asia Health and Education Office
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Mr. Joshua Karnes is the Director of USAID/Central Asia’s Health and Education Office. A global health professional, he has over twenty years of international and development experience. In Central Asia, he leads a dynamic, multi-sectoral team to support innovative partnerships with governments and civil society to improve early grade reading and fight HIV and multi-drug resistant TB in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. His last appointment was USAID/Ethiopia where he served as the Family Health and Infectious Disease Team Leader, overseeing the Maternal Child Health, Family Planning, Tuberculosis, Neglected Tropical Disease, and Global Health Security portfolios. Working hand in hand with his 10- member team, he closely collaborated with partners within the Government of Ethiopia and donor community to expand access and improve quality of healthcare in the areas of the country with the highest maternal/infant mortality and TB burden.

Prior to arriving in Ethiopia, he served Deputy Health Office Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he supervised USAID’s efforts to reduce new HIV/AIDS infections and provide care and service for those living with HIV. Before that, he worked in Senegal to expand family planning in remote and rural areas.

Prior to joining USAID, he was the International Affairs Coordinator within the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. He also served with the American Red Cross in the U.S.,
Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Indonesia. Mr. Karnes has a Master of Public Health in Global Health Policy from the University of Michigan


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