The Conference on Strategic Health Diplomacy

Today the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted the Conference on Strategic Health Diplomacy at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Conference launched the BPC’s report¬†The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR (The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief),¬†which was co-authored by former Senate Majority Leaders and BPC fellows Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, M.D.

The wide-ranging discussion centered around three main topics: the humanitarian effects of PEPFAR and its influence on non-health development indicators in American partners, the benefits of health diplomacy as a tool for America’s military abroad, and the future of global health as a tool for national security. More learnings to come from the discussion, but first some images from the day:

 

Senators Frist and Daschle discussing their Bipartisan Partisan Center Report

Senators Frist and Daschle discussing their Bipartisan Partisan Center Report

Former President of the African Development Bank and Minister of Finance for Rwanda Donald Kaberuka with US Global AIDS Coordinator Debbie Birx

Former President of the African Development Bank and Minister of Finance for Rwanda Donald Kaberuka with US Global AIDS Coordinator Debbie Birx

The Bipartisan Policy Center's report - The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s report – The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR

General James Cartwright, former Vice-Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

General James Cartwright, former Vice-Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

VADM Raquel Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency and RADM Thomas Cullison, and RADM Timothy Ziemer

VADM Raquel Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency and RADM Thomas Cullison, and RADM Timothy Ziemer

Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Professor and Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs with Dr. Steven Radelet of Georgetown University and Dr. Ashish Jha, Executive Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute

Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Professor and Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs with Dr. Steven Radelet of Georgetown University and Dr. Ashish Jha, Executive Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute