Past eventResearch Event

Harnessing New Technologies for Global Health Security

27 March 2018 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão, Assistant Director-General for Drug Access, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, World Health Organization 
David L. Heymann, Head, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House
Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director, HIV, Health and Development Group, UNDP
Rangarajan Sampath, Chief Scientific Officer, FIND
Osamu Kunii,  Head of Strategy, Investment and Impact, The Global Fund
Michikazu Koshiba, Head, Center on Global Health Architecture, Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting Co Ltd
Claire Jones, CEO, What3words
Sally Hughes, Regional Director, West & Central Africa, VIAMO 



Despite advances in global health, including increased access to medical technologies such as vaccines and new developments in diagnostics, global health leaders warn that the world is ill-prepared for the next pandemic. Meanwhile, non-communicable diseases are fast becoming major health, and economic, threats across the globe. While expanding access to healthcare services will be essential for the control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, there is also a growing realization that new ways of cooperating, learning and innovating will be necessary in the coming decades to achieve better health security for all. 

This one-day conference will bring together the developers, experts and users of technologies to discuss how global health security can be strengthened through better access to new technologies. To have the greatest impact, strategies for harnessing new technologies should focus on innovation that is informed by the needs of users, on rational procurement, effective use and on affordability. To highlight these issues, at this event, a broad range of speakers will focus on the factors that have led to effective collaborations between sectors, the new medical and non-medical technologies that are needed in the medium- and long-term, and how to ensure that technological innovation is accessible in low-resource settings. The Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House is currently addressing these issues through several of its current and planned projects and the conference will feature panellists speaking around the following themes:

Session 1: Collaboration and innovation: past and present technologies, their impact on global health security and the factors that enabled their creation 

Session 2: New medical technologies for global health security

Session 3: Non-medical technologies applied to global health security

Session 4: Ensuring new and adapted technologies are suitable for a variety of resource settings

In partnership with Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting.

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