health | June 26, 2013

GBCHealth Conference 2013: Laurie Garrett On Funding Disease Prevention

Renowned global health speaker Laurie Garrett recently took part in the GBCHealth Conference 2013. In a breakout panel, Garrett lead a discussion on the future of The Global Fund. The Fund, she explained, is the world's largest financier of the treatment of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in more than 150 countries. And it's in trouble. "There's been considerable difficulty at the Global Fund for almost three years now," Garrett explains, "including donors freezing their asset commitments, including pretty large-scale layoffs, and huge shakeups in all tiers [of the organization]."

Those problems, Garrett argues, are slowly being rectified. Now, the issue is getting the funding back on track to finance the $15 billion replenishment project the Fund is proposing. The Global Fund has put forward a goal of saving 10 million lives and preventing 140-180 million new infections by 2016; they're looking to governments and private donors to help them reach their goal. In the informative, and sometimes controversial, session, the panelists shared their thoughts on why the Fund is in great shape today. With Garrett spearheading the discussion, the audience was given clarification about the points presented, as well as critical background information, to help them decide what their committment to future of the Fund should be.

As the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Garrett is one of America's most trusted voices on global health. She is up-to-date on current hot-topic concerns and presents them in clear and practical keynotes. Injecting a bit of humor into her delivery ensures her presentations are more hopeful than foreboding—and she presents a practical take on responding to new threats to global health.

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