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External Event

Financing a Global Public Health Response

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EDT

This event is hosted by the Bretton Woods Committee and features CGD expert Kalipso Chalkidou.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, countries around the world are dedicating significant public resources to combatting the pandemic, funding everything from contact tracing to equipment for hospitals to public education efforts. How are countries funding these programs, particularly in resource-constrained environments? Which countries have been most successful and what can be learned from their experience? What risks are associated with redirecting limited public health resources towards the COVID-19 crisis? How can the international community and the World Bank support country efforts? 


  • Kalipso Chalkidou, Director of Global Health Policy, Center for Global Development
  • Cristina Valencia, Epidemiologist, European Programme of Interventional Epidemiology Training
  • Feng Zhao, Practice Manager, Health, Population and Nutrition Global Engagement, World Bank
  • Alexander Preker (Moderator), Executive Scholar, Columbia University, New York University, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai