Our Second Fault Lines in Global Health Debate

Published: September 20, 2010

Resolved: That the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria should be transformed to become the Global Fund for Health.

Last Tuesday, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted Ambassador Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, now of Georgetown University, and Dr. Julian Schweitzer, former World Bank Vice President of the Human Development Network, now of the Results for Development Institute, for its second Fault Lines in Global Health event. (The first Fault Lines event featured Princeton Lyman and Todd Summers debating the sustainability of U.S. bilateral commitments on AIDS treatment.)

Ambassador Dybul spoke in favor of transforming the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria into the principal global financier for the integrated delivery of health services, as an alternative to the “vertical,” disease-specific programs that have characterized the last decade of global health work. Dr. Schweitzer agreed with Ambassador Dybul on the problems and inefficiencies in global health today but spoke against a transformation or expansion of the Global Fund.

Health Affairs editor-in-chief Susan Dentzer was again a masterful moderator, identifying areas of agreement and disagreement and encouraging energetic debate throughout the session.
Below is my summary of these areas of agreement and disagreement. In a later post, I’ll offer my thoughts on how these arguments fit together and respond to your feedback.

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