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NTI Events at the 71st World Health Assembly Highlight Significance of Global Health Security

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NTI
experts Beth
Cameron
and Michelle
Nalabandian
will join hundreds of government officials and experts from
around the world next week for the
71st World Health Assembly
(WHA) in Geneva, where NTI is involved in two side events that highlight the importance of health and security
and the value of a Global Health Security (GHS) Index. 

On Wednesday, May 23, NTI has organized a
breakfast side event, “
Value of a Global Health Security Index” in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health
Security and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). These three organizations
are working together to develop a
GHS Index that would provide a public
benchmarking of global health security conditions and identify country-specific
needs, ultimately boosting compliance with international standards for economic
preparedness. This event will highlight the potential impact of GHS Index,
including the stimulation of political will and accountability for new and
continuing health security investments over time. The four panelists include:

  • Honorable Dr. Jane
    Aceng
    , Minister
    of Health, Uganda
  • Dr. Scott Dowell, Deputy Director for Surveillance
    and Epidemiology at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Mukesh Chawla, Adviser for Health, Nutrition and
    Population, World Bank Group
  • Dr. Wilmot James, Visiting Professor of Pediatrics
    & International Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center

This
event is co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World
Bank Group. Support for the event was provided by the Open Philanthropy Project
and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

NTI is also involved, along with several other partner organizations in the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, in the event on Monday, May 21, “Getting Local with Global Health Security: A Pathway
Towards Sustainable Action
.” This event will convene
global and national leaders for a discussion on how investments in global
health security strengthen public health systems, promote universal health
coverage, and drive economic grown and local research and development. The
keynote address will be given by Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  

Learn
more about the work of NTI’s Global Biological Policy and Programs team
here

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