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In conjunction with the release of the Commission's Report, "A healthier, safer, and more prosperous world," the CSIS Global Health Policy Center will be holding a number of events in Washington, D.C. and all over the country to discuss the future of global health and the impact of the Commission's recommendations on global health policy over the next year. Many of these events will be webcast live, giving you the opportunity to participate from any location and even ask questions of our speakers and panelists beforehand. Your engagement is vital to the continuation of the Commission's work.

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Past Events

Financing Global Health in an Era of Austerity

April 08, 2014: Financing Global Health in an Era of Austerity

Please join us for the launch of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)’s Financing Global Health 2013 report, to be held on Tuesday April 8, 12:00-2:00 PM at CSIS (1616 Rhode Island Ave NW).
Focus on the International Drug Policy Debate

March 31, 2014: Focus on the International Drug Policy Debate

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on international drug control policy, to be held on Monday March 31, 10:00-11:15 am at CSIS (1616 Rhode Island Ave NW). Speakers include: Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Kevin Sabet, former Senior Advisor to Director Kerlikowske at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Michel Kazaktchine and Ruth Dreifuss, members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy; and J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President, and Director of the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS.

February 21, 2014: The Launch of the Global Health Security Agenda

Please join us as Dr. Thomas C. Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Ms. Laura Holgate, Senior Director, WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council, discuss the administration's launch of the new Global Health Security Agenda. It is a timely opportunity to hear directly from them about the GHS Agenda's genesis, key elements and future implementation.
Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies

January 14, 2014: Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies

As countries around the world become wealthier and their empowered citizens increasingly push for better social services, an increasing number of countries - especially emerging economies - seek to provide affordable health care as an essential step to promote long-term economic development and social stability. Over the course of a day-long CSIS conference, global health and finance experts will discuss: why universal health coverage is gaining momentum; how to build a coverage scheme, including the role of the private sector; and how countries can optimize resources.
Saving Mothers, Giving Life: A Year of Results and Lessons Learned

January 09, 2014: Saving Mothers, Giving Life: A Year of Results and Lessons Learned

Since its launch in June 2012 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Saving Mothers, Giving Life partners have collaborated with the governments of Uganda and Zambia to bolster maternal health programs and to rapidly reduce maternal deaths. CSIS will be joined by senior leaders from Saving Mothers, Giving Life for an engaging discussion of the initiative’s vision, approach, delivery, impact and future challenges and opportunities.
Tackling the Crisis of Chronic Disease

November 14, 2013: Tackling the Crisis of Chronic Disease

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions and cancers – are the leading causes of death worldwide. An estimated 80% of these fatalities occur in developing countries – millions of which are preventable. This is an urgent global health issue that demands analysis of gaps in NCD research, new policies and practices, and actionable recommendations to close the gaps. Please join us for a panel discussion occasioned by the publication of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Contributors to the book and other stakeholders will discuss what action can be taken now to advance the global campaign against NCDs.
U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong

November 12, 2013: U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong

On November 12, 2013, the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies will host a day-long conference focused on U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong. The conference will feature senior Obama administration leaders on evolving US health engagement in the Mekong, as well as senior officials and experts from the region. A formal agenda is forthcoming. To ensure a seat at the conference, please register now.
Syria’s Evolving Health Crisis and the Impact on its Neighbors

September 17, 2013: Syria’s Evolving Health Crisis and the Impact on its Neighbors

Since Syria’s internal war began two years ago, the accumulating human consequences have been dire, both inside Syria and across the region: an estimated 100,000 people dead; the deliberate targeting of civilians and health infrastructure and medical personnel; mass internal displacement and the mass exodus of refugees to neighboring countries; and a worsening environment for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Please join us for a timely discussion that will analyze events on the ground in Syria, their impact on neighboring states, and the actions of the international community both to meet humanitarian needs and serve the strategic interests of key international actors.
Ending Child Marriage and Advancing U.S. Policy

July 31, 2013: Ending Child Marriage and Advancing U.S. Policy

Please join us for a discussion on how ending child marriage advances U.S. foreign policy objectives. Child marriage violates many human rights; it is also a threat to the prosperity and stability of countries. This event will explore how child marriage undermines U.S. development and foreign policy objectives and how the United States can more effectively work to end child marriage and raise the status of girls around the world.
A Greater Mekong Health Security Partnership

July 29, 2013: A Greater Mekong Health Security Partnership

Please join us for a lunchtime launch of an important new CSIS publication, A Greater Mekong Health Security Partnership, which argues there is a unique, time-sensitive opportunity for a targeted, major U.S. initiative to improve health security in the Greater Mekong Subregion. A U.S. push to strengthen partnerships with Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos -- to manage pandemic threats, control resistant malaria, and improve maternal and child health -- will advance both U.S. strategic interests and bring real health benefits to millions. It can be done if there is high-level U.S. leadership, better leveraging of the substantial civilian and military U.S. health engagement efforts already underway, and focused integration of the skills and expertise of Thailand and China.
Promising Developments in Global Tuberculosis Control

June 28, 2013: Promising Developments in Global Tuberculosis Control

Please join Dr. Peter Small, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for an interactive conversation about these promising developments in global tuberculosis prevention and control, including how they may improve U.S. global TB policies. Mr. Todd Summers, Senior Adviser with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, will moderate the discussion.
Attacks on Syria’s Medical Personnel and Facilities

May 10, 2013: Attacks on Syria’s Medical Personnel and Facilities

Syria's Assad regime has, with increasing intensity over the past year, systematically targeted medical facilities, staff and patients on an egregious scale with profound human consequences. Armed opposition have also defied the impartiality and neutrality of medical services. Please join us on Friday, May 10, from 2:00-4:00pm at CSIS for a roundtable discussion. Panelists will discuss the trajectory of attacks, the resulting institutional damage and public health implications, evolving efforts by governments, international bodies and NGOs to mitigate these impacts, and prospects in the future for accountability and rehabilitation.
The Last Mile: Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Americas

May 07, 2013: The Last Mile: Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Americas

Approximately 1.4 billion people in the world are infected with one or more of the seven most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). NTDs have severe public health consequences, including: malnutrition, anemia, serious and permanent disability and disfigurement, illness, and even death. Not only do NTDs disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable populations, the public health consequences of these diseases threaten broader economic and social improvement in affected nations. The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have recognized the threat from NTDs and have begun to unite to work to eliminate a number of these diseases from their region. The LAC countries, supported by multilateral organizations, are working to achieve the elimination of NTDs as a public health threat by 2015 through proven, cost-effective interventions. Please join us for a public discussion that will highlight the progress and prospects for NTD elimination in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Policy Implications of the Institute of Medicine’s Evaluation of PEPFAR

April 30, 2013: The Policy Implications of the Institute of Medicine’s Evaluation of PEPFAR

The Institute of Medicine’s recently completed Evaluation of PEPFAR assesses the program’s performance over the past decade, as it transitioned from an emergency response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to an emphasis on strengthening health systems in focal countries. The Evaluation of PEPFAR was a four-year, congressionally mandated review of PEPFAR; it is only the second major review of the program. For this occasion, we have convened representatives from the U.S. administration, evaluation participants, and independent experts to discuss the review’s implications for PEPFAR's policy priorities in the second Obama term.
Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs

April 29, 2013: Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs

This event will feature an expert discussion on the findings and recommendations of The Institute of Medicine’s recently released report titled “Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs.” Commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this report raises important, indeed frightening, concerns about the quality and reliability of medicines around the world. The problem of illegitimate drugs has significant and sometimes tragic consequences in the U.S. and other developed nations, as well as in low- and middle-income countries that often have weaker capacities. This event will include a conversation with the lead author of the study, FDA leadership, and representatives from industry and regulatory bodies.

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