Advancing global health:Who’s in charge?Part oneIn the last two years, some of thetop organizations working inglobal health got new leadership.Do you know who they are?
This Harvard-trained doctor plans to immunize aquarter of a billion children in the developing worldby 2015. He won’t stop there, though. His big goalis to immunize every kid on earth. Just how will hedo that?Well, he may not administer vaccines himself, but asCEO of GAVI Alliance he’ll spend time leveragingpublic-private partnerships to drive down the priceof vaccines to make them more accessible.A task like this isn’t a first for Berkley. He foundedthe International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in 1996 – amove that earned him a spot in the Time 100. Andhe’s definitely one who’s up for a challenge. Heonce trekked through rebel-controlled Darfur todocument the famine there. Photo credit: GAVI Alliance
Now that this former pharma exec has takenover from founder, Seth Berkley, she has bigshoes to fill. But, she’ll make her mark at IAVIwith a new strategic plan.McGlynn is super passionate about vaccines.Growing up, she lost 3 siblings to disease.That loss, along with her family’s retailpharmacy, made her eager to help peoplethrough medication and vaccines.And she’s definitely had a chance to do that.She spent 26 years at Merck making vaccinesaccessible to the developing world. Now, atIAVI, she’ll be leveraging partnerships acrossacademia, government and the private sectorto research and develop AIDS vaccines. Photo courtesy IAVI
, “Gates hires another big pharma exec”. That’s what headlines read when this medical doctor was named the Foundation’s new health director. But the move to philanthropy is something Mundel always thought he’d do eventually, having grown up in South Africa. His background with pharma companies like Novartis and Pfizer is likely to influence his approach to global health, though. He’ll spend his time at Gates ‘trimming the fat’ from their portfolio, and accelerating the most promising projects. While he may miss the big budgets of the pharma industry, he’ll probably enjoy having more direct access to how drug interventions impact the lives of millions around the world. Photo credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
As if advocating for refugees wasn’t enough on hisplate, this intellectual property lawyer has a new to-do list since June. He plans to develop anaffordable meningitis vaccine and improvescreening and treatment for HIV/AIDS andtuberculosis. A bit of an overachiever? Perhaps. Butas incoming President and CEO of PATH, it’ll all bepart of Davis’ new job.So how does an IP lawyer end up leading the fightagainst major global health crises? Well, Davis’background is pretty diverse. He worked in digitalmedia as CEO of Corbis, and was in charge of socialinnovation at McKinsey & Company.That spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship isexactly what Davis hopes to bring to the globalhealth sector. It may also be just what the sectorneeds. Photo courtesy PATH
When things weren’t going so well for The GlobalFund, they did what anyone else would do: hired abanker. Yep. Jaramillo’s 35-year background in financeis expected to help whip the Fund back into shape. Hesees the Fund as a financial institution and will spendhis one-year stint there focusing on aggressivefinancial and operations reform.If the Fund is a financial institution, then Jaramilloseems like the man for the job. The Colombian nativehas been at the helm of major global banks likeCitibank and Sovereign Bank.Yet, while he’s all about efficiency at the Fund, anduses ‘bankers’ speak’ like “return on investments”, hewon’t be cutting any programs. That’s good news forthe Fund and the millions of lives in the developingworld that benefit from their work. Photo courtesy The Global Fund
She fought SARS, bird flu and then swine flu. Andalthough critics weren’t too happy with herresponses, she’s still a champ at managing crises.That’s why, in 2006, former WHO director generalheadhunted her as his replacement.This July, Chan will take up her second term leadingWHO. And she has some big plans for the next 5years. She’ll be tackling chronic noncommunicablediseases – something that hasn’t been a priority inglobal health.She’s also really committed to improving the healthof women and the people of Africa. Her mantra is“WHO stands for fairness”, and she’s serious aboutthe organization’s transparency and accountability.She promised to produce a score card of her workover the last five years. Let’s see if this formerteacher gets an A. Photo credit: WHO
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