Healthier or Wealthier...
Which comes first in the new global era?
Traditional economic theory holds that increases in economic productivity and gross national product lead directly to improved health and health outcomes. World Bank, United Nations, and United States development policy since World War II has been driven by this essential point of view. Alternative approaches over the last several years have begun to stress that improvements in the quality of health in developing nations actually contributes to increased productivity and economic development - that health is a limiting factor in economic development. Given the realities of globalization - free movement of goods and services, free flow of capital across borders, increased communication and information via the Internet - what makes more sense: should we be investing in development to improve health or investing in health to improve development? Decisions about development strategy, policy, and the use of billions of dollars depend on a good answer to this question.
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Center for International Development, Harvard University
The Harvard Interfaculty Program for the Improvement of Health Policy and Systems
Forum, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Roberta Baskin, Senior Producer, ABC News "20/20", Nieman Fellow, Harvard University
Tim Evans, Director, Health Equity, The Rockefeller Foundation
Philip Musgrove, Lead Economist, The World Bank
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
Awash Teklehaimanot, Malaria Program Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
Lawrence Summers, President, Harvard University, MODERATOR
Background materials on topic
The Economic Burden of Malaria (John Gallup and Jeffrey Sachs)
Tropical Underdevelopment (Jeffrey Sachs)
Economic Consequences of Health Status: A Review of the Evidence (Jeffrey Sachs)
Changing Global Distribution of Malaria (PDF Document)
Healthcare in India: Learning From Experience (Philip Musgrove)
Cost Effectiveness and Health Sector Reform (Philip Musgrove)
Challenging Inequalities in Health (Tim Evans)
Date and Location of Panel
25 February 2002, 5pm, The Forum, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Reception following. RSVP HERE. (Note: RSVP does not guarantee a seat. This event is free and open to the public.)
Directions to event.
to Other Policy Roundtable 2002
Care Education in the Developing World:
Bridging Global and Local Health Care Practices
PRS Planning Materials
(from the Operations Manual)
for panel organizers.
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