Women Leaders in Global Health: What Can I Do to Accelerate the Pace of Change?

I left last week’s Women Leaders in Global Health conference energized by being surrounded by inspirational leaders sharing a lifetime of wisdom.  With 900 participants from 80 countries and at all stages of their careers, I had the pleasure of seeing old friends and making new ones, and learning from the collective knowledge. The conference […]

Opinion: No, we are still not ready for a global pandemic

Four years ago, a devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people and sparked worldwide fear of a global pandemic. Worldwide, leaders committed to prioritizing preparedness to ensure this would never happen again. Last month, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the United Nations Security Council to do everything it can to fight the current […]

Faster, Smarter, Safer: Progress and Pitfalls in Outbreak Preparedness

In 2018, the world’s vulnerabilities to infectious disease were felt acutely in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Nigeria, and Madagascar. Diseases like Ebola, Nipah, Lassa fever, yellow fever, and the plague kept healthcare workers on the offensive. In these efforts, we have witnessed what happens when leadership, know-how, innovation, and partnerships […]

The Current State of Global Outbreak Preparedness and Response

With the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rapidly escalating to dangerous levels, the global health community must consider how much progress has been made to prevent and efficiently respond to outbreaks since the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I recently joined J. Stephen Morrison to discuss the gaps that remain in our […]

Are We Prepared for the Next Global Outbreak?

On July 24, 2018 the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo officially declared the country’s ninth outbreak of Ebola closed. Just days later, a 10th outbreak was announced. Although efforts to prepare for global epidemics have been considerable, the truth is we have not progressed far enough, fast enough, or with […]

Together We Can Build on Progress to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

When I was a college student, I traveled to Zambia to study informal economies and individual livelihoods along the Great East Road between Katete and Chipata. I was particularly enamored with the dynamics of the thriving second-hand clothing street markets, where one can pick up a well-loved flannel or a losing team’s championship-winning t-shirt. When […]

Let’s Talk About Menstrual Health

On any given day more than 800 million women and girls are menstruating, yet menstrual health and hygiene is a neglected health and development issue. Stigma, taboos, and ignorance around periods harm women and girls every day. In many parts of the world, women and girls are considered dirty or impure during menstruation. They are […]

A Pledge on International Women’s Day: Female Donors, Join Forces

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March  8, 2018. We are facing a pivotal moment in history where two major movements are aligned. The #MeToo groundswell is changing the way we talk about taboo subjects that long seemed immune to honest discussion and genuine change. At the same time, women in philanthropy are achieving […]

Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

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