In May, Annals of Global Health published a Special Collection exploring the intersection between governance and public health.
Governance and public health are key pillars of modern societies. When governance is fair, effective, and equitable, levels of population health are high, life span is long, infectious diseases are controlled and the environment is protected. And when governance fails, public health crumbles. It is no accident that the last case of smallpox occurred in war-torn Somalia, or that measles is epidemic today in Pakistan and polio in Syria.
The reports in this Special Collection by Matthew Kavanagh and Lixue Chen of Georgetown University and the accompanying essay by Ambassador Eric Goosby, now at UCSF demonstrate with great clarity that the relationship between governance and public health is bidirectional. Not only does good governance promote public health. Sustained, multi-year public health aid also strengthens governance. Kavanagh and Chan show in a review of data from 112 countries that long-term support of public health institutions in developing countries by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strengthens societal institutions, reduces corruption and advances development. Ambassador Goosby's Commentary further elaborates the theme and puts it in broad perspective.
These important papers show us once again that support for public health is not a cost but an investment in the future. Join us on June 27 when we discuss the what happens, and what needs to happen on the crossroads of governance and public health.
Join the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), in this important discussion.
| Moderator | Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP
From 2015-2017, Dr. Landrigan co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health whose report found that pollution causes 9 million deaths annually and is an existential threat to planetary health. To continue the work of the Lancet Commission, Dr. Landrigan directs the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College.
| Speakers |
Dr. Eric Goosby, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, Institute for Global Health Sciences, at UCSF. In January 2015, Dr. Goosby was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be the UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB). From 2009-2013, he served in the Obama Administration as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, overseeing the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and also led the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy.
Dr. Matthew Kavanagh, PhD, is visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center and director of the Global Health Policy and Governance Initiative at the O’Neill Institute.
Dr. Sara L.M. Davis (Meg), PhD, senior fellow at the Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre and Anthropology & Sociology department, has twenty years’ experience in anthropology, health and human rights as a scholar and practitioner.
Thursday, June 27 at 10:00am to 11:00am