New Approaches to Global Health Cooperation

Perspectives from Brazil

On November 7, 2011, the Global Health Policy Center of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Fiocruz Center for Global Health (CRIS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted a seminar entitled “New Approaches to Global Health Cooperation.” The event, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, assembled health policy researchers and practitioners from Brazil, Europe, the United States, and sub-Saharan Africa to examine emerging practices in global health cooperation. Issues considered included the factors driving greater international engagement on public health challenges, the growing trend of trilateral cooperation, and the role of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and South-South activities in expanding international cooperation on global health. Over the course of the day-long meeting, speakers and audience members examined the reasons for the overall expansion of funding and programming for overseas global health activities during the past decade; considered the factors that underpin Brazil’s increasing focus on global health as an area of bilateral and multilateral outreach; reviewed the characteristics of successful trilateral cooperation efforts; and debated the future of multicountry engagement on health.

This report summarizes key observations and conclusions that emerged in the context of the day’s discussion. Because the seminar content was not for attribution, this report does not cover individual presentations or comments but instead presents a synopsis of key points made during the day’s deliberations. Thus, the text does not necessarily reflect consensus among the participants. Rather, it is intended to capture the range of views expressed by the expert practitioners, researchers, and audience members who generously shared their perspectives and insights and their suggestions for decisionmakers to consider as they develop future bilateral, trilateral, and multilateral global health activities.

Katherine E. Bliss
Senior Fellow and Director, Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience, Global Health Policy Center

Paulo Buss and Felix Rosenberg