Fault Lines in Global Health: Universal AIDS Treatment
August 7, 2010
On August 6th we hosted our first Fault Lines in Global Health debate, "RESOLVED: That the U.S. commitment to universal AIDS treatment is unsustainable and decreases U.S. foreign policy leverage."
Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, affirmed the resolution." His recent piece with Stephen Wittels in Foreign Affairs, available here, provides the foundation of his argument.
Todd Summers of the ONE Campaign responded. J. Stephen Morrison, Director of the Global Health Policy Center, commented on the foreign policy dimensions of Ambassador Lyman's case. The noted health expert and correspondent, Susan Dentzer, moderated. If you missed the debate, you can watch it here.
Over the last decade, global health has risen dramatically in its significance to U.S. foreign policy. With that rise have come several contested and sensitive issues that are under-discussed and overshadowed by controversy. Unresolved disputes are obstacles to greater, faster, and more efficient progress in improving health conditions. Divergent views on money, strategy, and values offer to take global health policy in very different directions. The noted health expert and correspondent, Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, has kindly agreed to moderate the series. Each debate will run 90 minutes, feature a lead presenter and 1-2 respondents, and allow time for substantial audience participation.