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The relationship between health and security is an area of increasing importance in the twenty-first century. The Global Health Policy Center bridges foreign policy and public health communities by creating a strategy for U.S. engagement on global health. The research topics covered include family planning, maternal and child health, immunizations, and infectious disease, among others.Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this topic below.

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Gavi at Twenty: A Critical Inflection Point

Over the past twenty years, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has proven to be a high-impact and resilient global health partnership. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000, Gavi has mobilized its network of government, private sector, and civil society partners to make vaccines affordable and available to millions of children in the world’s lowest-income countries. Yet after years of improvements, immunization coverage has now stagnated in some countries, and the challenges posed by demographic change, urbanization, and conflict all threaten to slow global progress. Gavi’s new strategy for 2021-2025 lays out a plan to confront these challenges and reach the most vulnerable children with vaccines, and the organization will seek funding to help it reach its goals at a pledging conference to be hosted by the United Kingdom in June of 2020. The United States has supported Gavi since 2000, and the Alliance’s contributions to health security and efforts to enable countries to move towards sustainable, self-financed immunization programs resonate with U.S. global health and development goals. On Monday, February 24, from 2:30 to 4:00pm, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center will host a public event focusing on challenges and opportunities for advancing Gavi's work in this new 2021-2025 phase. Following introductory remarks by CSIS Senior Vice President and Global Health Policy Center Director J. Stephen Morrison, Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will deliver a keynote presentation on Gavi’s plans for replenishment and beyond. He will then be joined by Irene Koek, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Global Health Bureau at USAID; Robin Nandy, Principal Advisor & Chief of Immunizations at UNICEF; and Katherine Bliss, Senior Fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, for a panel discussion examining the role of U.S. support for Gavi as the organization enters its third decade. Keynote Presentation Seth Berkley Chief Executive Officer Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Introduced by J. Stephen Morrison Senior Vice President and Director CSIS Global Health Policy Center Panel Discussion Seth Berkley Chief Executive Officer Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Katherine Bliss Senior Fellow CSIS Global Health Policy Center Irene Koek Acting Assistant Administrator Global Health Bureau USAID Robin Nandy Principal Advisor & Chief of Immunizations UNICEF Moderated by J. Stephen Morrison Senior Vice President and Director CSIS Global Health Policy Center This event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

1hr 31mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Success or Regress? The State of HIV in 2020

In 12 short months, the initial UNAIDS Fast Track milestones toward gaining control of the HIV pandemic come due. As we start HIV’s pivotal 2020 year, there is cause for both optimism that progress is being made in important areas and concern that critical obstacles remain. The world is not on track to reach the 2020 Fast Track milestones by the end of the year. The time is now to take stock of the state of the epidemic, understand how different countries and cities are making progress, and correct policy and program implementation issues hindering the HIV response. On Monday, February 3, 10:30am-12:15pm, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center will host a public event to explore the state of the HIV epidemic: where we are now, what we know works, and what can be accomplished in 2020. The event will include a panel discussion featuring Regan Hofmann, Director, a.i., U.S. Liaison Office, UNAIDS; Jennifer Kates, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation; and Greg Millett, Vice President and Director of Public Policy, amfAR. Sara M. Allinder, Executive Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, will moderate. Following the panel, we will screen a sneak peak of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center's upcoming documentary, The Pandemic Paradox: HIV on the Edge, which explores the long arc of the HIV pandemic against the backdrop of continued high levels of new infections and annual deaths. The discussion will serve as a scene setter for CSIS’s planned April 2020 conference on what needs to be part of a plan to get back on the path toward ending HIV as a public health threat by 2030, which will include the official launch of The Pandemic Paradox: HIV on the Edge.Panel Discussion Regan Hofmann Director, a.i., U.S. Liaison Office UNAIDS Jennifer Kates Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy Kaiser Family Foundation Greg Millett Vice President and Director of Public Policy amfAR Moderated by Sara M. Allinder Executive Director and Senior Fellow CSIS Global Health Policy Center Closing Preview of the upcoming documentary, The Pandemic Paradox: HIV on the Edge This event is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

1hr 21mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Wuhan Goes Viral: A Conversation with Yanzhong Huang

By: Bonnie S. Glaser This episode explores how China has responded to the deadly outbreak of a new coronavirus originating in the central city of Wuhan. Our guest, Dr. Yanzhong Huang, compares Beijing’s response to its handling of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, analyzing what key lessons the government appears to have learned and where it has fallen short. Dr. Huang also describes the varying local and global reactions to the Chinese government’s response efforts, and assesses how Beijing’s ability to control this outbreak will affect the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party. Dr. Yanzhong Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directs the Global Health Governance roundtable series. He is also professor and director of global health studies at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Dr. Huang has written extensively on global health governance, health diplomacy and health security, and public health in China and East Asia.

24mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Climate Change and the Australian Bushfires: A Singular Catastrophe or The New Normal?

Australia is being ravaged by the worst bushfires seen in decades. Beginning in 2019, the fires have burnt through 25.5 million acres, the size of Denmark and Belgium combined. At least 27 people are dead, including three volunteer firefighters, and more are missing. Thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged. Australia’s capital cities are experiencing record air pollution, and smoke has been seen as far away as South America. With the fire summer season extending for another few months, the disaster is expected to continue. The scale of these bushfires is unprecedented anywhere in the world. On Monday, January 27th, 5:00-6:30 pm, please join us for a conversation on the impact of these bushfires on regional politics, public opinion, the health of the population, and national economic growth. We will also discuss the cataclysmic scale of the fires and the climate change drivers that have driven the spread of the fires: are they a single natural disaster – a very bad year in a country accustomed to seasonal fires – or evidence of a long-term profound shift? This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

1hr 23mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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The Curious Case of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Nutrition

Malnutrition has the potential to bankrupt countries and prevent children from reaching their full potential. Unlike other food groups, fruits and vegetables provide beneficial outcomes across all malnutrition forms. Yet, despite the nutritional punch of fruits and vegetables, current global consumption is far below the minimum daily requirements of five portions. Join the Global Food Security Project for the release of Seeds of Change: The Power of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Nutrition in Tanzania, a new report focusing on how the United States and other donors are trying to boost fruit and vegetable consumption in Tanzania to improve nutrition through multisectoral and public–private approaches. The event will feature a keynote lecture by the former Tanzanian Prime Minister, the Honorable Mizengo Pinda, which will be followed by an armchair conversation. The subsequent panel discussion will explore the unique challenges to fruit and vegetable consumption and current efforts to change dietary behavior. This event is made possible by the generous support of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

1hr 51mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Does HIV Activism Still Matter? Another Perspective

In this episode of AIDS 2020, Steve speaks with Tori Cooper at the eighth Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health on advocacy. As the founder and Executive Director of Advocates for Better Care, and a black transwoman living with HIV, Tori is at the center of these issues. They discuss her life, career, leadership and the continued imperative of community advocacy in driving progress.

32mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Improving Access to Innovative HIV Technology

Two things need to happen to achieve greater success in the global fight against HIV: dramatically reduce new infections and achieve viral suppression in those already living with the virus. In order to meet these goals, new infections must come down from an annual rate of 1.7-2 million that has been stagnant for a decade, viral suppression must be sustained and ensured for the more than 23 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) on anti-retroviral treatment (ART), and treatment must be provided to the more than 14 million PLHIV not on ART.   New technology offers the potential to facilitate these efforts if they can be utilized effectively.  The July 2019 International AIDS Society science conference in Mexico City highlighted several important technological innovations either already on the market or that will be available in the coming years including long-acting injectable treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), implants, and broadly neutralizing antibodies as a vaccine.  However, the ongoing experience of starting oral PrEP programs has demonstrated that taking new products to scale for impact is complex and that there are significant obstacles to ensuring access to those in need. On Tuesday, October 22, 2:30-5:00 pm, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center will host a public event to explore recent developments in HIV prevention and treatment technology, examine successes and challenges in integrating those products into existing service delivery, and discuss how global programs, such as PEPFAR and the Global Fund, need to adapt to ensure access and uptake.  Fireside Chat Deborah Waterhouse CEO ViiV Healthcare Moderated by J. Stephen Morrison Senior Vice President and Director  CSIS Global Health Policy Center Panel Discussion Ambassador Deborah L. Birx Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy  PEPFAR Charles Lyons President and CEO Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Mitchell Warren Executive Director AVAC Moderated by Sara M. Allinder Executive Director and Senior Fellow CSIS Global Health Policy Center This event was made possible by the generous support of ViiV Healthcare.

2hr 21mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Malaria Eradication Within a Generation? How Plausible?

In 2018, more than 200 million people contracted malaria around the world, and nearly half a million died of it. As countries continue to battle malaria within their borders, the international discussion turns to a loftier goal—complete global eradication of malaria. In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison sits down with Sir Richard Feachem, Director of the Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences, and Professor of Global Health at both UC San Francisco and the UC Berkeley. They discuss the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication, and their new report that lays out a vision to achieve the eradication of malaria, “Malaria eradication within a generation: ambitious, achievable, and necessary.” Just how plausible is this vision?

26mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Does HIV Activism Still Matter?

In this episode of AIDS 2020, Stephen Morrison speaks with Mark Heywood on whether HIV advocacy and activism still matters. As a co-founder of SECTION 27 and the Treatment Action Campaign, Mark has been an activist at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa for decades. They discuss what Mark sees as the biggest obstacles and opportunities for future HIV efforts.

29mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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The UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: What Happened?

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, countries have been committed to finding a path to universal health coverage – the vision of providing access to quality healthcare for all without risk of financial hardship. This ambitious goal raises myriad questions: What should be covered? Who should be covered? What are the roles of civil society and the private sector in helping governments to achieve universal health coverage (UHC)? How will we pay for it all? Each country will take a different path to UHC – dependent on its demography, disease burden, and resources – but what those paths will look like is not yet clear. These issues have dominated the global health agenda in recent years, culminating in the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC, to be held on Monday, September 23rd, when UN Member States are expected to adopt a political declaration spelling out the parameters for achieving UHC by 2030. On Thursday, October 3rd, 1:00-3:00 pm, please join us for what promises to be a lively roundtable conversation on the outcomes of the UN HLM. Dr. Ranieri Guerra, World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant-Director General leading WHO’s preparations for the UN HLM, will open with a ten-minute overview of the UN HLM.  A roundtable conversation will follow, featuring Dr. Guerra; Jeffrey L. Sturchio, CEO, Rabin Martin; Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, and CEO, CGD Europe; and a senior U.S. government representative. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, will moderate. We will also use this occasion to reference the recent book, The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Innovation, Equity and the New Health Economy, edited by Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Ilona Kickbusch and Louis Galambos (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). Sturchio, in his remarks, will draw on some of its content. Copies of the book will be distributed at the event. Featured Speakers Dr. Ranieri Guerra Assistant Director-General World Health Organization Jeffrey L. Sturchio CEO Rabin Martin Amanda Glassman Executive Vice President, Senior Fellow, and CEO of CGD Europe Center for Global Development Moderator J. Stephen Morrison Senior Vice President and Director CSIS Global Health Policy Center This event is made possible by general funding to CSIS.

1hr 38mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #10