Earlier this month, Rabin Martin welcomed Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Judy Monroe, President and CEO, CDC Foundation to uncover potential opportunities for global collaboration between the private sector and CDC.
Ensuring global health security remains a top priority for CDC and is a prime opportunity for collaboration and public-private partnership.
• Citing the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Martin discussed how global health security demands a multisectoral view of public health to deal with issues within and outside the health system in times of crisis, ranging from food to communications to infrastructure. Private sector organizations focused in one of these domains have the existing network, background and resources to support the exchange of ideas, expediting crisis reaction.
• New, transformational technologies being developed by the private sector can be strategically utilized to adapt to changing global health security needs. For example, private actors in big data and block chain technology could offer speedier surveillance analysis, while maintaining the security of a country’s data.
CDC’s strategic priorities include ending epidemics, eliminating diseases and ensuring domestic preparedness, and building global health security.
CDC and the CDC Foundation continue to support the exchange of ideas and innovative solutions within their organizations, across the global health field and across sectors, and the perspective that private sector capabilities can and should be leveraged to prevent and respond to public health issues more effectively.
Many thanks to Dr. Martin and Dr. Monroe for sitting down with us to discuss multi-disciplinary models of public-private partnerships.
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