2008 Areas of Focus

Global Health

Investment in health not only alleviates suffering, but increases human capital and helps avoid inter-generational transmission of poverty. This year’s program will highlight opportunities to dramatically improve global health with existing tools and knowledge.

There is much to do. Unclean water and poor sanitation directly cause millions of deaths each year. Lack of basic nutrition kills 3.5 million children under the age of five, annually. Disease burdens borne by adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately harsh, and in turn are passed on to their own children. Facing these challenges head-on will require a massive investment to expand the health workforce in developing countries by four million people.

There are many promising opportunities to make a difference in each of these areas.

The Global Health Working Group sessions will address:

  • Expanding provision of safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Ensuring that mothers and their children have adequate nutrition
  • Helping adolescent girls care for themselves and their families
  • Training and managing the largest expansion of health workers in history

Advisory Board

Greg Allgood
Senior Fellow in Sustainability
Procter & Gamble

Joe Cerrell
Director of Global Health Policy and Advocacy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lola Dare
Executive Secretary
African Council for Sustainable Health Development

Christopher Elias
President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill Frist
Schultz Professor of International Economic Policy
Princeton University

Felicia Marie Knaul
Senior Economist and Director of the Health and Competitiveness Initiative
Fundación Mexicana para la Salud

Ruth Levine
Vice President for Programs and Operations and Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development

Margaret G. McGlynn
President, Merck Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
Merck & Co., Inc.

Villoo Morawala Patell
Founder, Chairperson, and Managing Director
Avesthagen Limited

Beth Seidenberg
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

John Tedstrom
Executive Director, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
TB and Malaria

Derek Yach
Vice President of Global Health Policy
PepsiCo, Inc.