Is global health just a tool of foreign policy?

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in the series Global Health Lab Discussions

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time: 5:15 pm 6:45 pm
Venue: LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Lecture
Speaker(s): David Heymann, Chatham House/LSHTM, Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Edinburgh University, Andre Heller Perache, Medecins Sans Frontieres (UK)
Chair(s): Richard Horton,The Lancet, and Martin McKee, LSHTM

Is global health principally intended to improve population health or to be a diplomatic tool for countries to exert their ‘soft power’ globally? The securitization of some infectious diseases has succeeded in drawing attention and resources to serious cross-border threats to global health, in particular resources to control the spread of infectious diseases and the development of treatments and vaccines. However, the security framing of health issues risks distorting priorities and moving resources and attention away from other more pressing health needs.

It may also facilitate an expanded role of the military that risks undermining the work of mainstream health actors, and blurring the lines with humanitarian relief in emergency settings. In this Global Health Lab join us to discuss the securitization of global health to ask is it just a tool of foreign policy?


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