Global Health Centre

Synergies in global health and why they matter

International Geneva Global Health Platform
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Geneva Health Week 2023 - WHA 76 side event

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#GenevaHealthWeek 2023: Synergies in global health and why they matter



Currently, many global, national, and subnational health investments, policies, programmes, and systems for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), health security, and health promotion are fragmented and irrationally funded rather than being well synergised. This fragmentation has outcomes of underinvestment in public health capacity; limited resilience to accommodate needs in increased health-care demand during disease surges; and populations that are more vulnerable to serious disease and its social and economic consequences. The Lancet Commission sets out to address the fragmentation between UHC, health security, and health promotion, and to better understand the synergies at their intersections that will lead to improvements in global health. At a time when progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has faltered and even gone into reverse on some important targets and goals, and the world confronts multiple crises, an economic downturn, and coming out of a pandemic, it cannot be business as usual. The issues The Lancet Commission explores are of concern within and across countries at all income levels. It is hoped that the presentation and discussion of the Commission’s findings and recommendations will help the many and diverse stakeholders align their efforts, cooperate more efficiently, and save and improve more lives.



Panel 1 Commissioners:

  • Professor Irene Akua Agyepong | Foundation Fellow and Member of the Faculty Board, Public Health Faculty, Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Professor David Heymann | Co-Chair of Commission, Medical Epidemiologist and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK
  • Dr Francisco F Songane | Former Minister of Health of Mozambique, Member of the Governing Council of Africa Public Health Foundation (APHF)
  • Walaiporn Patcharanarumol | Director, Global Health Division, and Researcher, Health Financing and UHC, International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  • Mosa Moshabela | Professor of Public Health and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Panel 2:

  • Atul Gawande | Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID, USA
  • Agnès Soucat | Director Health and Social Protection, Agence Française de Développement, Paris, France
  • Kalipso Chalkidou | Head of Health Finance, Global Fund to fight AIDS/TB/Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Olusoji Adeyi | President, Resilient Health Systems, and Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • K M Gopakumar | Senior Researcher and Legal Advisor, Third World Network/People’s Health Movement, India
  • Dr Justin Koonin | Co-Chair of UHC2030, the international multistakeholder partnership for universal health coverage and Member of multiple WHO expert panels

Moderated by Richard Horton | Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, and Pamela Das | Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet

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The Global Health Centre and the International Geneva Global Health Platform, The LancetLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.