Global Health Innovation is Key, Says Mundel

In a brisk tour of Gates Foundation global health priorities, Trevor Mundel emphasized the role of innovation and technology during a talk yesterday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The president for Global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation stressed that merely delivering existing interventions that work well in developed countries isn’t good enough in developing regions.  “In the context of broken delivery systems, the hurdle for what are effective interventions is much higher,” he said.

Mundel gave the audience a quick take on HIV, TB, malaria and other focus areas, including neglected infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia and, of course, polio. He drew an overflow crowd to the Bloomberg School’s 350-seat Sommer Hallmore than 100 people watched his talk from an overflow room.—Maryalice Yakutchik, JHSPH 

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