Nothing Global About Global Health Leadership

It could be half a century before global health organizations achieve equity in their leadership, according to the Global Health 50/50 report—released yesterday on International Women’s Day, The Guardian reports.
In sum: The top 200 global health organizations are dominated by older males from high-income countries, educated at elite institutions.
The numbers speak for themselves:

  • 85% of global health organizations are headquartered in Switzerland, the UK, and the US
  • Over 80% of global health leaders are from HICs
  • 73% of executive heads are men
  • Women from low- and middle-income countries hold just 5% of leadership roles

However difficult it may be, change will mean powerful men—like himself—“leaning out” to make room, writes Madhukar Pai in a Forbes series.  
And small gestures also matter, writes Melinda Gates in The New York Times. “You could just ask a question,” such as: “How do you think I could be a better advocate for the women around me?”

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