The U.S. Commitment to Global Health - 2008 ReportAvailable online at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12506
The Institute of Medicine-with the support of four U.S. government agencies and five private foundations-formed an independent committee to examine the United States' commitment to global health and to articulate a vision for future U.S. investments and activities in this area.
the committee considered the following key areas of U.S. government engagement in global health:
- the financial and technical resources provided to countries to expand public health infrastructure and improve access to health interventions;
- the governance structures across U.S. agencies responsible for delivering these benefits;
- the research effort that focuses on health problems endemic to poor countries; and
- the relationship of the United States with the World Health Organization (WHO), the leading global agency in the field of health policy.
While the scope of this report was limited to U.S. government efforts in the realm of global health, this topic is inevitably linked to broader discussions on U.S. commitments to global economic development and the environment.2 This report does not, however, cover the related areas of food security, water and sanitation, climate change, educational and economic opportunity, and gender equity. Similarly, the committee was not tasked with evaluating or recommending action on broader international development reforms..."
Charge to the committee
A prominent role for health in U.S. foreign policy
Progress in global health can be achieved now
Urgent opportunity for action
Restructure the U.S. global health enterprise
Mobilize financial resources for health
Focus U.S. government efforts on health outcomes
Advance U.S. strengths in global health knowledge
Support and collaborate with the WHO
Call to action
Harold Varmus to present Barmes lecture Dec. 16, 2008
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center, together with the Foundation for NIH, present the 2008 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture:
"The U.S. Commitment to Global Health"
Harold Varmus, former Director of the National Institutes of Health and co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, is President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Dr. Varmus chairs the Scientific Board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health program and leads the Advisory Committee for the Global Health Division. He was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, and is a co-founder of the Public Library of Science, a leading publisher of open access journals. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Institute of Medicine's committee on The U.S. Commitment to Global Health. The committee has issued its interim report on the day preceding the lecture.
NIDCR and Fogarty jointly host the annual Barmes Lecture, which honors the late David E. Barmes. Dr. Barmes was a special expert for international health at the NIDCR. Prior to joining NIDCR, he served in senior management positions related to oral health, health promotion, and non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
The reception is sponsored by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, with generous support from Lilly, Abbott Fund, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, ExxonMobil, PepsiCo, Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Merck, Pfizer, Tibotec, and the United Nations Foundation.
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