Council of Foreign Relations
At the Council on Foreign Relations the Global Health Program has worked on a wide-range of policy issues including the worldwide governance of health, food security, strategies for improving maternal survival rates, creating greater harmony among United Nations health-related activities, HIV prevention efforts, pandemic threats, improving access to healthcare, and promoting vaccination. Examples of these activities include:
From left: Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine for her role in the discovery of HIV, H.E. Festus Mogae, fomer President of Botswana, Laurie Garrett, Senior Global Health Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, at the press conference for the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention, XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna. 21 July 2010.
- Steady tracking of the H5N1 “bird flu” pandemic, amid concern that its extreme virulence for human beings might pose catastrophic epidemic possibilities, were the virus to mutate into a human-to-human transmissible form. See for example “The Next Pandemic?”
- Creating greater harmony and coherence across the United Nations agencies and other major players in global health, in conjunction with the Office of the Director General of the UN.
Don Pollard/Council on Foreign Relations.
From left: Ban Ki-moon, the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations, Laurie Garrett, Senior Global Health Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the Council on
Foreign Relations’ Meeting on Global Health and the role of the United Nations. 25 October 2007.
- Searching for ways to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of medicines sold all over the world, amid rising engagement in the pseudo-pharmaceuticals world by organized crime.
- Comparison of the health dangers of the Chernobyl versus Fukushima nuclear accidents.
In addition, Laurie Garrett periodically produces Global Health Update, a digital magazine providing analysis of the latest trends and concerns in the field. Some past issues of the Update can be found on the CFR website.
An interactive history of the global governance of public health, co-produced by the Global Health Program and the Council’s International Institutions and Global Governance Program is a finalist for the 2010 Webby Award.