Global Conference 2011
Global Health: Sustaining Momentum
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
The global health community has pulled off a series of miracles: We are on the brink of eradicating polio; maternal deaths have dropped significantly for the first time in decades; and AIDS patients around the world are receiving life-saving treatment. Millions of mothers and children are alive today because of investments in global health. But progress is fragile, and we've yet to erase the major disparities between rich and poor countries. Vaccines and other proven, effective solutions exist, but are not always deployed to save children in developing nations. Aid from the U.S. and other developed countries has been crucial to making strides forward - but how can we ensure that critical health interventions reach those who need them most when governments around the world face tough decisions about how to reduce spending? From bed nets that ward off malaria to targeted vaccine campaigns, what are the initiatives that would produce the greatest results? How can we expand the private sector's engagement?
Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Creator and Host, "Planet Forward"