6:00—7:30 AM EDT | 11.00am – 12:30pm GMT

The UK Role in Global Health: Present Challenges and Future Directions

Welcoming remarks  

Tamsyn Barton, Chief Commissioner, Independent Commission of Aid Impact (ICAI) 


Peter Baker, Deputy Director of Global Health Policy and Policy Fellow, CGD 

Panel Moderator 

Jocalyn Clark, International Editor, The BMJ 


Peter Baker, Deputy Director of Global Health Policy and Policy Fellow, CGD 

Mishal Khan, Professor of Global Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Clare Wenham, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Anna Wechsberg, Director, International Directorate, UK Department of Health & Social Care

Chris Lewis, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Research and Evidence Directorate (RED), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

This event is co-hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and The BMJ. This event will be livestreamed from London, UK. In-person participation is invitation only.

You are welcome to live tweet the event using #CGDBMJGlobalHealth. If you have questions for our panelists, please submit them via Slido at this link.

2024 marks a crucially important year for the world’s health, shaped by an economic and social polycrisis and recovery from COVID-19. Collective efforts, development assistance, and global solidarity are more important than ever.  

The UK once enjoyed a strong reputation in global health, but this has been undermined by a steady decline in foreign aid, political upheavals, and unclear and inconsistent health and development commitments.  

Building on a new report from the Center for Global Development (CGD), this event will feature a discussion and debate that reviews global trends in health spending and development assistance, and lays out recommendations for future UK government strategy, policy and role. The event will bring together researchers and thought leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for UK global health leadership and policy, and asks, in an election year, what are the possibilities and priorities? 

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