An article this week in The Christian Science Monitor highlights the deepening shortfall in funding for international efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Global health leaders are calling for the Obama Administration to pledge American money to these ends, to set an example for the rest of the world.
The article argues, “The international economic turmoil must not be allowed to sidetrack attention from global health initiatives, especially with many countries in the midst of multiyear programs that are delivering impressive results, say health experts. With a hint of exasperation, some experts note that the world’s wealthy are managing to come up with huge sums of money for business bailouts and national stimulus plans.”
Our upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum conference in April will look at exactly this issue – how government can and should partner with the private and social sectors to address challenges in health, and in four other areas – poverty, education, climate change, and conflict. See a list of confirmed speakers so far, here.