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What are the obstacles to global health? PATH president Chris Elias, MD, MPH, and others raised the question at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where more than 2,000 business leaders, academics, scientists, policymakers, and members of civil society organizations and the media—in all, representing 90 countries—gathered to take up crucial global, regional, and industry issues. The meeting’s theme was Shaping the Global Agenda: the Shifting Power Equation.

Fighting low-profile diseases

Dr. Elias participated in the panel entitled “Fighting Low-Profile Diseases.” The panel discussed obstacles that prevent relief from low-profile but devastating diseases—such as malaria—faced by millions of people in developing countries. Other panel members were Michael Kremer, Harvard professor; Ann Veneman, executive director of UNICEF; and Tachi Yamada, president of the global health program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Learn about PATH’s efforts to fight malaria and other infectious diseases.

About the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The Forum is composed of more than 1,000 member and partner companies and organizations, each of whom contribute their expertise and resources.

World Economic Forum summits bring together decision-makers to address the world's most crucial issues. These events enable members and constituents to discuss global and regional issues by sharing firsthand information and insights.

Find out more about the World Economic Forum 2007 annual meeting.

Posted February 20, 2007.