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The Lancet Lecture: ‘Health, Equity and Globalisation’

2 December 2008

Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, delivered the 2008 Lancet Lecture at UCL on 24 November.

Entitled ‘Health, Equity and Globalisation’, the lecture’s focus was on the ways in which the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria highlights the importance of health in the development agenda, and shows how disease–targeted programmes can help bridge inequities between the global north and south.

Professor Kazatchkine

The Global Fund is a financing mechanism established in 2002 to support the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 6 – to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. It raises funds through the international community, especially the G8 governments, but also other donors, both public and private.Professor Kazatchkine described ‘the inequitable burden’ of infectious disease borne by developing countries: they bear 90% of these diseases, but account for only 20% of the world’s wealth and only 12% of global expenditure on health. AIDS, TB and malaria are the major players in this context, still killing around 4 million people a year.

The UCL Institute for Global Health, a component of the UCL Grand Challenges, is the hub bringing together UCL’s multidisciplinary wealth of intellectual capital and international collaborations to provide innovative, workable solutions to global health at scale. The institute’s first report, ‘The Grand Challenge of Global Health’ is available for download from its website.

The event also acted as the launch for the UCL Institute for Global Health’s ‘Grand Challenge of Global Health’ 2008-9 report

You can watch the lecture here, or click on the link at the top of this page to read a transcript.