Transforming Global Health
A New Vision for the Future

Summary

The 21st century opened a new era when global health emerged as a focus for governments, foundations and organizations seeking to raise up vulnerable populations around the world. Yet mechanisms to power that human development have lagged. Disease-specific efforts were once needed, but now it is time to look forward to holistic approaches. This Forum event explored transforming the global health agenda through factors such as global education, innovative financing, and the increased role of low- and middle-income countries in shaping the future.

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Presented in Collaboration with GlobalPost

Background Articles

Image Credit: Credit for Gordon Brown's photo: Tom Miller; Photo of Mark Dybul courtesy of The Global Fund; Credit for Julio Frenk's photo: Kent Dayton

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    Question E-mailed from Viewer

    We know that improving health in many developing countries can be accomplished at surprisingly low cost. Even adding $10 per person per year to a country’s health expenditures can make a big difference in health outcomes, particularly in the least developed countries. Yet governments at least seem inmany cases too strapped to do even that. To what extent do you think that there isspace in the budgets of developing country governments to do what appears to be just a little more — with potentially large results? Are the constraints based purely on lack of funds, or do internal politics play a role? Or, to focus on what may be a more important aspect of this problem, to what extent would you say that the austerity-based policy prescriptions of some donor countries and some international financial institutions have unduly limited the budgetary options of developing country governments?

    – Larry Rosenberg, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH

  • Jonathan S. Lang

    Allopathic medicine targets symptoms of disease and does not acknowledge the holistic nature of human health, do the discussants foresee any chance for Osteopathic medicine to take part in transforming the current and historic focus on disease at the expense of global health. It’s not enough to eradicate diseases (symptoms but not causes of diseases) but more so global health needs to promote the health of individuals and families in the context of local and global communities.

  • Kristen

    QUESTION FROM CHATROLL

    apeter: Do you see a shift towards cost effectiveness in allocating limited healthcare resources and dollars?

  • Kristen

    QUESTION FROM CHATROLL

    jonjaytweets: Should universal health coverage–designed and implemented by Dr. Frenk in Mexico–be a goal for every country/health system?

  • Kristen

    QUESTION FROM CHATROLL

    Jaime Vd: 3 main challenges for border health?

  • Kristen

    QUESTION FROM CHATROLL

    lanianderson: “which developed country would you say is the leader at this time in medical innovation?Sadly I do not see it as the USA.

  • Kristen

    QUESTION FROM CHATROLL

    MEGlobalHealth: The panel mention BRICs and healthcare financing – what about the rich Gulf countries ?