Global Health Transitions and Sustainable Solutions: The Role of Partnerships—A Workshop

When: June 13, 2018 - June 14, 2018 (1:00 PM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (E Street Conference Room) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Global Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety
Board: Board on Global Health


June 13, 2018: 1:00 PM - 6:10 PM Eastern Time 

June 14, 2018: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Economic and programmatic transitions are changing the global health landscape profoundly. A cohort of countries that have historically relied on development assistance for health (DAH) is transitioning into higher-income status. At the same time, countries that have provided DAH are shifting focus away from traditional development assistance in favor of investments focused on value for money and global public goods. Additionally, one large program focused on disease eradication is nearing its goal and will soon end. In response, processes are underway to transition countries out of traditional bilateral and multilateral health funding mechanisms, and countries are expected to spend more of their own resources on health systems. These transition processes are often well-defined in criteria and approach; however, their implications, particularly when they occur simultaneously, are not well understood. Further, approaches to these transitions often do not recognize the aging of the population and changes in the burden of disease, notably the increase in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) that introduce new financing demands on the same countries losing sources of DAH for communicable diseases that still demand significant investments. Another factor is the dramatic urbanization occurring most rapidly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with major implications for service design and access. In this changing landscape, the global health community is exploring innovative, coordinated, and sustainable solutions to support countries and maintain health gains during and after transitions. Planned by an ad hoc expert committee, this National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine public workshop will examine these transitions and innovative models for sustainable solutions in the current global health context.

Presentations and discussions topics will focus on:

  • Economic and programmatic transitions affecting global health, including the implications of simultaneous transitions.
  • The impacts of transitions on access to traditional DAH and the burden of disease in LMICs, with a focus on several case examples of countries experiencing different stages of transition.
  • Promising models for innovative partnerships and private sector engagement to sustainably support countries while maintaining and accelerating health gains, protecting vulnerable populations, and promoting health equity.
  • Country ownership in decision-making and considerations for private sector engagement and partnerships during and after transitions.
  • Developing sustainable solutions in the current global health context.

This meeting was free and open to the public. Archived videos of the workshop will be made available on this webpage. The agenda is available on this webpage, and registration is now closed.

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