The Global Fund, Governance and Public Health

Thursday, June 27, 2019
1pm ET - 2pm ET

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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.