Gates Foundation Awards $6.4 Million for Global Health Policy Center

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., has announced a three-year, $6.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a center on global health policy.

The award builds on three previous grants from the foundation, which has supported the CSIS Task Force on HIV/AIDS since 2001. Designed to bridge the gap between the foreign policy and public health communities, the new CSIS Center for Global Health Policy will work to define a long-term strategic plan for expanded U.S. engagement in global public health, cultivate new high-level American global-health champions, and create new mechanisms to better inform policy makers of important health discoveries. It also will address the growing security dimensions to global public health and build external support from within Africa, Europe, China, Russia, India, the Middle East, and the Americas for a strategic approach and for improving the governance of global health.

"Recent successes in addressing HIV/AIDS and malaria demonstrate the critical role of informed public policy in improving global health," said Joe Cerrell, director of global health policy and advocacy at the Gates Foundation. "Funding is important, but it has to be directed wisely in order to have a real and lasting impact. The new CSIS center will help develop a comprehensive global health strategy that uses the financial, technical, and political resources of the United States as effectively as possible."

"CSIS to Launch Center for Global Health Policy." Center for Strategic and International Studies Press Release 08/18/2008.