The Atlantic Hosts Special Panel on Global Health

EGPAF’s Senior Director of Public Policy Catherine Connor (center)  participated in The Atlantic’s annual Women of Washington event on Oct. 11. Connor spoke on a panel with Barbara Bush (L), daughter of former president George W. Bush and founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, and Dr. Vanessa Kerry, U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry’s daughter and founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, about the importance of transformative partnerships in global health.

On October 11, 2013, the fifth and final session of The Atlantic’s 2013 “Women of Washington” series featured a special panel of women who are making a real impact in the field of global health. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)’s Senior Director of Public Policy  Catherine Connor, joined Barbara Bush, founder and CEO of Global Health Corps (GHC), and Dr. Vanessa Kerry, founder and CEO of Seed Global Health for the event, which was moderated by Susan Dentzer, senior fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former editor-in-chief of Health Affairs.

The discussion centered on the theme “inspiration, transformation and partnerships” in order to improve the health of people around the world. The three women discussed what their individual organizations are doing to make an impact as well as the opportunities organizations have to work together, including partnerships between non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, and the private sector. As EGPAF’s Catherine Connor said, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services exemplify how global health partnerships have evolved.

“When the PEPFAR [U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief]  program first initiated, really PMTCT was about giving one pill to a mother, when she was giving birth. A very simple intervention that cut the rate of transmission by 50 percent.  Now, when you look at PMTCT it is an 18 month interaction with a woman.

“So, when you look at that wide swath of how far we’ve gone in really just 10 years, you can see how all these new challenges are emerging. I think that’s why the Foundation, while we’re known for our views on pediatric AIDS, we’re really about so much more: health systems strengthening, PMTCT, MNCH [maternal, newborn and child health], and so much more.”

Visit the Atlantic’s website to watch the livestream of the entire panel discussion and click here to learn more about how EGPAF works with GHC, Seed, and other partners to eliminate pediatric HIV worldwide.

Johanna Harvey is a Senior Communications Officer at EGPAF, based in Washington, D.C.