Changing world, healthier future


Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) conference, in London, on June 13, 2011. Britain and Bill Gates joined forces Monday to pledge more than half the 3.7 billion dollars (2.6 billion euros) sought to vaccinate millions of children by 2015.



WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week two major conferences focused on global health will take place in both Washington, DC and in London.

In DC, this Tuesday, at the week long Global Health Council conference, the Global Health Initiative’s (GHI) Director, Lois Quam, will discuss the implementation of GHI at the country level. Last year, at this same conference, the GHI announced the GHI Plus countries that would serve as learning labs. This year, at the panel, along with Lee Brudvig, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kenya, Quam will give an update of what’s happening on the ground.

The GHI policy update is only one in a long list of panels occurring during the conference. Other panels will discuss a wide range of issues such as the changing face of malaria in maternal health, the policy implications of drug resistance, and the challenges and opportunities health workers have realized while working with infant mortality.

Across the Atlantic in London, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Alliance will hold a pledging conference, where GAVI Alliance partners, GAVI donors, countries, and vaccine manufacturers will discuss the $3.7 billion that is needed to save four million children’s lives by 2015.

Throughout the week, I will be posting from the conference in Washington DC, updating Global Pulse as the most pertinent information is made available. Your comments and questions are always appreciated.