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Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege: The Good, Bad, & Ugly U.S. Legacy in Global Health

November 18, 2020 - November 19, 2020

Organized by Global Health Council

Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege: The Good, Bad, & Ugly U.S. Legacy in Global Health

Global Health Council Summit 2020

November 19-20, 2020



Since 2015, Global Health Council has been convening members of its network in Washington, DC for an
annual symposium to discuss current trends and calls to action in global health. Over the years, we have
acknowledged a “new normal” in global health policy and our responsibility as a community to pursue
communication, collaboration, or campaign practices that facilitate meaningful change and shared
progress. Those events have led to calls for new narratives and partnerships for USG programs as well as
commitments to integrated, country-based investments or plans, in pursuit of UHC and a broader 2030
agenda. Nothing has made these conversations more relevant than the game-changing events of 2020.

Enter this year’s symposium, less a singular forum and more a series of events hosted with a range of
global and regional stakeholders. Our virtual 2020 summit this November will take place over two days
with a focus on Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege: The Good, Bad, & Ugly U.S. Legacy in Global Health.
We know that we don’t have all the answers as an organization or subset of actors but we want to be
part of driving the solution to longstanding challenges and push us all to do better by those we serve.
This means taking a hard look with and hearing more from those directly affected by U.S. policies and
programs to discuss where those efforts have succeeded and failed, and how we approach investments
or initiatives with a stronger focus on equity, justice, and humility. We want to walk away from this time
together with a deeper commitment to shifting the power dynamics and structural barriers not only to
respective goals but also our ideal method of reaching those such as shared plans and resources or local
leadership and decision-making. The current system isn’t built to make these dreams we have a reality.

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November 18, 2020
November 19, 2020
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