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Can the private sector be trusted in global health?

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Governments, charities and international organizations are increasingly looking to partner with the private sector in global health. This has been encouraged to either tap into an extra revenue stream or to draw on their expertise, but is the profit motive that drives the private sector fundamentally incompatible with the aims of global health?

Collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry have sought to improve access to various drug treatments and vaccines, representatives of the alcohol industry have been proactively included as stakeholders by governments in the development of alcohol strategies, and private healthcare providers have been seen as key actors in delivering universal health coverage. But is the potential for conflict of interest simply too great? In this Global Health Lab join us to discuss whether the private sector can be trusted as partners in global health.

Speakers include:

  • Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Oxfam
  • Simon Wright, Save the Children
  • Nason Maani Hessari, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

*The Lancet and The Centre for Global Chronic Conditions on behalf of the School have teamed up to present Global Health Lab, a series of focused discussions on key global health challenges facing the international community today.  Global Health Lab aims to provide a forum for lively debate and to exchange ideas that will push forward both research and policy agendas.

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