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Meeting of Global Health Leaders: Stronger collaboration, improved outcomes

UNICEF Image: GAVI, Global health leaders at UNICEF House
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Global health leaders at UNICEF House in New York for their meeting on improving health outcomes in the developing world.

NEW YORK, USA, 31 July 2007 – Global health leaders from eight international organizations met here on 19 July to discuss ways to strengthen their collaboration, in order to achieve better health outcomes in developing countries.

The objectives of the meeting were to review progress made in recent years, assess current trends in global health as well as future challenges and – in the context of current opportunities – agree to a set of collective actions.

Collective actions

Leaders from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the GAVI Alliance, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to:

  • Catalyze a greater sense of urgency for reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals in their own organizations and support it with their budgetary and human resources decisions
  • Work together to better define their individual and collective accountabilities for better and faster results
  • Explore means to systematically capture knowledge gained in health programmes and develop a more robust and coordinated approach to knowledge management in general
  • Engage emerging global initiatives on health-systems strengthening in a coordinated manner, to ensure that their organizations effectively support countries through funding and/or technical and policy assistance; in addition, WHO and the World Bank committed to fast-track the completion of the normative framework for health-systems strengthening
  • Involve the private sector and civil society more systematically as the work on the health-related MDGs expands at global, regional and country levels.

Meeting participants

On hand for the Meeting of Global Health Leaders at UNICEF House were (shown left to right in photo above) World Bank Health, Nutrition and Population Vice President Joy Phumaphi; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health President Tadataka Yamada; UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine; UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman; GAVI Alliance Executive Secretary Julian Lob-Levyt; WHO Director-General Margaret Chan; and UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Michel Sidibe.



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