Donald R. Johnson Speaks at INTERPEX

(Published: January, 2019, Volume 19, Number 1, Issue #48) (Table Of Contents)
(Author: Larry Fillion)

INTERPEX occurred at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York City on March 30 till April 1, 1962. The theme of the show was built around the Malaria Eradication campaign promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations, in which the United States and over eighty other Governments and participating. Donald R. Johnson, Assistant Chief, Malaria Eradication Branch, Agency for International Development, Department of State, Washington D.C., set the keynote with his address, who, after expressing his pleasure at taking part in the opening ceremonies as a representative of his Department of Government, spoke as follows:

"Those of us who are working on this Malaria Eradication Campaign are eager to tell all of you about this tremendous worldwide cooperative effort to stamp out a disease which has done so much to prevent economic and social development of many areas.

In addition to some 300 million people living in areas where malaria has already been eliminated, approximately 600 million more are protected by active programs of insecticide spraying carried out against the Anopheles mosquitoes which transmit malaria.

The United States, which more than a decade ago eliminated malaria in this country, today is helping other countries to eradicate this disease. Let me give you an example:

India has more than 400 million persons living in areas where malaria once retarded education, industry, agriculture, and other enterprises required for the betterment of mankind. Just yesterday we received a cable from Washington from New Delphi stating that 150 million persons in India no longer will need to have their houses sprayed because of the success of the Malaria Eradication Campaign.

This is just one of many examples of this dramatic results being obtained around the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my great honor to read to you President Kennedy's statement regarding the issuance today of the United States malaria eradication postage stamp."

[Below are the words which Donald R. Johnson spoke]

INTERPEX was written up in STAMPS Weekly Magazine Of Philately, Volume 119, No. 2, April 14, 1962

Picture Taken at INTERPEX 1962

INTERPEX 1962 Program - Side 1
Unfolded INTERPEX 1962 Program - Side 1

INTERPEX 1962 Program - Side 2
Unfolded INTERPEX 1962 Program - Side 2

Presentation Thank You
INTERPEX Stamp Ceremony "Thank You" Presented to Donald R. Johnson