CSIS report promotes strategic US approach to improve global health

March 18, 2010 by PATH

PATH's president and CEO, Dr. Christopher Elias, serves as commissioner with other global health policy leaders

On March 18, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart Global Health Policy launched its final report, A Healthier, Safer and More Prosperous World, promoting a long-term, strategic US approach to global health.

The report advises US policymakers in five major issue areas:

  • Maintaining commitments to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
  • Narrowing health gaps for women and children.
  • Strengthening prevention and preparedness capabilities.
  • Improving coordination and increasing capacity between implementers and policymakers.
  • Making smart investments in multilateral institutions.

These key findings chart a course for US global health investment through 2025.

“The report from the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy highlights how crucial research and innovation for new global health products are to overall US global health efforts,” said Dr. Christopher Elias, president and CEO of PATH and a member of the CSIS commission. “It also illustrates how innovative financing mechanisms play vital roles in spurring the development of new vaccines, drugs, and other tools that save lives worldwide. US policymakers should implement these recommendations to maximize the country's efforts to improve health around the world.”

The report marks a year of deliberations by the commission, which is composed of a wide variety of innovative, bipartisan leaders from the public and private sectors. The commission is co-chaired by Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, and Admiral William J. Fallon, former commander of the US Central Command and US Pacific Command. The commission also includes several members of Congress, business leaders, and academic leaders.  

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