Building and Maintaining Resilience to Address Global Health Challenges

May 18, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Geneva Press Club - Route de Ferney 106, 1202, Geneva, Switzerland

This panel discussion will focus on how key local stakeholders are working to build systems capable of addressing long-term global health issues like noncommunicable diseases while maintaining resilience to outbreaks like Ebola. In light of the need to develop domestic financing mechanisms to pay for long term health solutions, stakeholders are moving beyond public-private partnerships to a model of country stakeholder engagement that includes and leverages the strengths of all actors.

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The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa has had a global impact by exposing the vulnerabilities of weak health systems to short-term crises and long-term health challenges. Illuminating the need to establish resilient health systems, the Ebola epidemic has spurred a call for action to create innovative collaborations that extend beyond typical public-private partnerships. The local community carries the heaviest burden of failing health systems, yet often holds a minimized role in partnerships for health and supply chains. Local stakeholders bring innovative perspectives and recognize missing links in existing strategies. 

Featured speakers include

  • Jean Patrick Alfred, Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population
  • Kent Brantly, Samaritan's Purse and Ebola survivor
  • Rick Brennan, World Health Organization
  • Carrie La Jeunesse, AAAS Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow
  • Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, Management Sciences for Health
  • Jeffrey Sturchio, Rabin Martin
  • Alan Tennenberg, Johnson & Johnson

With closing remarks by Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID


  • LMG Project
  • Johnson & Johnson