Eventcast: Diseases Without Borders

Health issues impact millions of people every year, both in the U.S. and abroad: nearly one million people die from malaria each year; HIV infects approximately 4 million new people; drug resistant TB is a growing scourge. The United States spends trillions of dollars on domestic health care, but what is our incentive to look beyond our own borders and put additional resources towards improving global health? At a time when our nation has a growing debt, why should the United States — and specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services — invest in issues affecting the health of people living outside our borders? How do health issues transcend national borders? And what lessons can we take from global health work and research abroad that can be used here in the U.S.?

This event was held on April 3, 2012. For video, click here.

The World Affairs Council presents Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs, for a discussion on the new Global Health Strategy of the department, launched by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in early 2012. He will address how global health priorities are set and the importance of U.S. Government investments in global health.

About the Speaker: Dr. Nils Daulaire was selected by Secretary Sebelius as Director of the Office of Global Affairs in early 2010.  President Obama also nominated Dr. Daulaire to serve as the U.S. Representative to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2011. In these dual roles, he serves as the U.S. Government’s leading global health diplomat.

Prior to his appointment at HHS, he had served for over a decade as President and CEO of the Global Health Council, an international non-profit membership organization, where he coordinated extensively with international leaders, NGOs, governments and United Nations organizations to advance public health in the world’s poorest communities. He was also a Visiting Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington.

During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Daulaire served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and as Senior International Health Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he oversaw an integrated global strategy encompassing health, population, hunger, girls’ education and other social sector programs.  He was the lead U.S. negotiator on health matters at various international conferences, including the Cairo Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing World Conference on Women, and the Rome World Food Conference.  Prior to his government service, he spent 15 years in the field in low-income countries managing maternal and child health delivery and field research programs, in countries as diverse as Nepal, Haiti, Mali and Bangladesh, and has worked on program and policy matters in more than fifty countries encompassing every region of the world.

A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, he is board certified in preventive medicine and public health, has been elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine as well as of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has published widely in scholarly health and policy journals.  He speaks seven languages.

About the Moderator: Dr. King Holmes became the first William H. Foege Chair of Global Health at the University of Washington effective November 1, 2006, and also is Professor of Global Health, Medicine, Microbiology, and Epidemiology. He formerly served as Chief of Medicine and heads the Infectious Diseases Section at Harborview Medical Center; founded and directs the UW Center for AIDS and STD, a WHO Collaborating Center for AIDS and STD; and is Principal Investigator for the International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a collaboration between the UW and University of California, San Francisco, with programs in 30 countries. He co-founded the International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR) and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He has trained and/or mentored over 100 scientists. He has edited 30 books and manuscripts, and has published 700 research papers on infectious diseases, most concerning STDs.


Special thanks to our co-presenters:

Global Washington

Mercy Corps

Public Health – Seattle & King County

Washington Global Health Alliance


For video, click here.