Update

Financing for health post-2015

21 May 2014

Health ministers and representatives of multilateral, bilateral and philanthropic institutions and the private sector gathered on 21 May in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss health financing post-2015 in a meeting organized by the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy.

A wide array of topics, including good governance and accountability within financing for health, official development assistance, the role of the private sector, partnerships and the need to share a common vision, were discussed at the meeting, which was sponsored by the World Bank, the Swedish Government, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNAIDS.

Delivering the keynote speech, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé highlighted the importance of seeing health as an investment, not a cost, and emphasized the need to highlight results and to unite partners with a common vision to deliver results with impact.

Participants stressed the need to empower local governments to address the challenges of health and development in a changing global landscape and the role of technology in optimizing resources.

Quotes

"What inspires investors are results. If AIDS has taught us anything, it is the power of uniting around a common vision to deliver results."

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

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"We need results-based financing and to ensure a return on investment and accountability."

Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health of Senegal

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"We need to have a serious discussion on how to use innovation to reduce costs and how to use technology to optimize the use of precious resources."

Robert Greenhill, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

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"It is more important than ever to have the correct data and analysis, to do our homework and have clear objectives for equity and improved health outcomes."

Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden