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NBR's Center for Health and Aging produces a series of reports that highlight key issues in global health. The reports summarize the collection of high-level voices assembled at workshops, meetings, briefings, thought-pieces, and interviews drawing issues of critical importance to the fore, while emphasizing the actions and opportunities that emerge from targeted discussions.

Past themes include affordability and technologies for health (2012), vaccines (2011), maternal and newborn health (2010), multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (2009), malnutrition (2008), pandemic influenza (2007), and early health (2005 & 2006).

Recent Publications

2012 Pacific Health Summit Report

The 2012 Pacific Health Summit, held in London in June, addressed the theme “Game Changers: Affordability and Technologies for Health.” The report highlights key discussions and outcomes from the Summit, which brought together global leaders from science, industry, and policy to discuss how to realize the dream of a healthier future through affordable health technology innovations.

2012 Pacific Health Summit Challenge

The 2012 Summit Challenge presents the conceptual foundation for the 2012 Pacific Health Summit, held June 12-14. The Challenge is a collection of visionary thought pieces by global health leaders, including Trevor Mundel, Peter Piot, and Mark Walport, and addresses this year’s Summit theme, "Game Changers: Affordability and Technologies for Health."

2011 Pacific Health Summit Report

The 2011 Pacific Health Summit addressed the theme of “Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century.” The report highlights key discussions and the impact from the Summit, which brought together global leaders from science, industry, and policy to discuss how to realize the dream of a healthier future through accelerating innovation and global partnerships.

Matching Realism with Aspiration: Challenges and Successes in the Use of Technology for Global Health

Why is it important to bring practical expectations to any discussion about technology’s potential to aid in global health? In this Technologies for Health Roundtable, three leaders—from academia, and the nonprofit and private sectors—address this question and more, including the challenges of introducing a new health technology to a rural community and examples of successful projects.

Preparing for the Global Market: China’s Expanding Role as a Vaccine Manufacturer

At the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines, Chinese industry and government leaders discussed the outward-facing trends of the booming industry and China's latest efforts to meet international regulatory standards. The workshop report examines the forces behind China’s recent enormous growth in vaccine manufacturing and the implications for global health.

Driving Vaccine Confidence

What are key factors behind society’s faith in the efficacy of life-saving vaccines? This report from a plenary session of the 2011 Pacific Health Summit highlights a discussion between global leaders on this topic, as well as how effective communication efforts can address vaccine confidence concerns when they do occur.

Universal Health Coverage and Immunization: Mutual Reinforcement for a Healthier World

This report highlights key themes and outcomes from an energetic discussion between key leaders in global health on the synergies between the universal health coverage movement and the global push for wider immunization coverage in Asia and around the globe. This conversation originally took place at a workshop of the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.

The Potential of Technology to Transform Maternal and Newborn Health

This Q&A discussion features key leaders from different sectors examining the potential of innovative, appropriate tools to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH), as well as the business models that can effectively deliver these innovations to markets in Asia and around the globe. The conversation originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Pacific Health Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.

The Business Case: Why and How Should Industry Engage in Maternal and Newborn Health?

Why does the role of industry matter in maternal and newborn health (MNH) and how can the private sector best engage in this field? This Business Case report provides resources and recommendations for how and why industry players can partner with MNH organizations—using a business-centric approach.

2011 Pacific Health Summit Challenge

The "2011 Summit Challenge" presents the conceptual foundation for the 2011 Pacific Health Summit, June 21-23, 2011. The Challenge is a collection of visionary thought pieces by global health leaders, including Tachi Yamada, Mark Walport, and Peter Neupert, and addresses this year’s Summit theme, “Vaccines: Harnessing Opportunity in the 21st Century.”

Maximizing Every Dose and Dollar: The Imperative of Efficiency in Vaccine Delivery

Are vaccine supply chain systems prepared to handle the vaccines of the next decade? This thought piece argues that seemingly simple and well-run vaccine supply chain and delivery systems are in reality quite complex and that these systems will need systematic overhauling to deliver on the lifesaving potential of these incoming innovations.

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Through a Health Literacy Lens

A collection of thoughtful voices from leaders across sectors exploring the key successes and challenges, and potential of partnerships in promoting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Pacific Health Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.

Immunization Effectiveness in India: The Less Understood Dimensions

Is vaccine effectiveness dependent only on the quality of the vaccine and cold chain reliability, or more broadly on how well health systems deliver? Dr. KV Balasubramaniam explores critical aspects of vaccine delivery, arguing that more attention and resources should be devoted to improving delivery systems to ensure the full benefits of vaccination reaches those who need it most.

Unique Voices on Universal Health Coverage

This Q&A documents critical voices from science, industry, health economics, and policy on issues surrounding, and implications of, global universal health coverage. The in-person conversation between leaders quoted took place at a workshop at the 2010 Pacific Health Summit entitled “Universal Health Coverage: Discussion highlights from a 2010 Pacific Health Summit workshop.”

2010 Pacific Health Summit Report

Held in June, the 2010 Pacific Health Summit brought together top global leaders to discuss how science, industry, and policy can improve health outcomes for mothers and newborns. The 2010 Summit Report summarizes the key discussions, including how new partnerships and collaborations can provide the tipping point for sustained progress.

Scaling Up and Sustaining Nutrition Interventions: Lessons Learned from Success in the Asia-Pacific Region

"Scaling Up and Sustaining Nutrition Interventions: Lessons Learned from Success in the Asia-Pacific Region" by Micronutrient Initiative experts outlines experiences, opportunities, and lessons learned in scaling up interventions in the Asia-Pacific region to address the global burden of undernutrition. This paper is cited in the Progess Towards Nutrition document in the Gates Foundation "Living Proof" project.

Another Tsunami Warning: Caring for Japan’s Elderly

Japan’s elderly were hardest hit by the recent tragedy. How does their experience mirror an ongoing crisis of Japan’s demographic shift? Who will care for the caregivers in the future, and is this a global demographic shift? Read this expert brief written by Michael Birt.

2010 Pacific Health Summit Challenge

The "2010 Summit Challenge" presents the conceptual foundation for the 2010 Pacific Health Summit, held June 22-24, 2010. The Challenge is conveyed through brief essays on the 2010's Summit theme, "Maternal and Newborn Health" written by Mike Barber, Michael Birt, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Dame Sally Davies, Lee Hartwell, Sheri McCoy, Jeremy Shiffman, Claire Topal, Chris Viehbacher, Sir Mark Walport, Andrew Witty, and Tachi Yamada.

The Business Case for Maternal and Newborn Health

When a health issue becomes the focus of global attention from civil society, international leaders, and the business community, progress is accelerated, more lives are saved, and programmatic impact grows exponentially. The Business Case for Maternal and Newborn Health serves as a catalyst for 2010 Summit discussions on industry engagement in maternal and newborn health.

Maternal and Newborn Health: A Vietnam Roundtable Discussion

A summary report from the roundtable discussion held in Hanoi, Vietnam in February 2010 by NBR's Center for Health and Aging and the Institute of Social and Medical Studies, with support from GlaxoSmithKline. The roundtable convened 28 leaders in Vietnam from civil society, public health, medicine, policy industry, and academia to examine critical topics and priorities in maternal and newborn health.

2009 Pacific Health Summit Report

At the fifth annual Summit in June 2009, top leaders tackled how science, industry, and policy can accelerate the uptake of innovation to address the emerging global health threat of multidrug-resistant TB. Read the 2009 Summit report, “Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Overcoming Global Resistance.”

2009 Forum Challenge: Moving Beyond the Limitations of the Traditional Healthcare System

"2009 Forum Challenge: Moving Beyond the Limitations of the Traditional Healthcare System" provides the conceptual foundation for the inaugural meeting of the Forum for Personal Health. Read the report to learn more about the 2009 session.

2009 Summit Challenge - MDR-TB: Overcoming Global Resistance

The official "2009 Summit Challenge" presents the conceptual foundation for the 2009 Pacific Health Summit, held June 16-18. The Challenge is conveyed through brief essays on this year’s Summit theme, "MDR-TB: Overcoming Global Resistance," written by Michael Birt, Lee Hartwell, David Fleming, Peter Neupert, Mark Walport, and Tachi Yamada.

2008 Pacific Health Summit Report

The annual Summit Report summarizes the conceptual foundation of the meeting, as well as key outcomes. Read about the 2008 Summit which focused on "The Global Nutrition Challenge: Getting a Healthy Start."

2008 Pacific Health Summit Challenge

The "2008 Summit Challenge" presents the conceptual foundation for the 2008 Pacific Health Summit, whose theme was "The Global Nutrition Challenge: Getting a Healthy Start," through brief essays by Michael Birt, Lee Hartwell, Mark Walport, and Tachi Yamada.

APEC Health IT Report: Leveraging Advances in Health IT

“Leveraging Advances in Health IT” by NBR highlights observations and recommendations from leaders gathered at the August 2009 workshop on how health IT can help combat infectious diseases and improve health care delivery in the Asia-Pacific.

Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in Rural India

“Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in Rural India” by the Rural Technology Business Incubator (RTBI) explores one organization’s model and approach to development, and provides a brief analysis of lessons learned over the past few years.

Health Information Technology and Policy Lab: HIT Briefing Book

CHA’s library of Health Information and Technology (HIT) case studies for 2007 range from analyses of HIT adoption in different countries to overviews on key elements of HIT. Functional case studies on specific surveillance systems, for example, are also included.

Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses

A report from the February 15 Summit Advance Workshop held in Tokyo. The event welcomed 50 leaders from Japan and the international nutrition community to discuss the critical issue of global undernutrition.

Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses (Japanese translation)

A report, translated into Japanese, from the February 15 Summit Advance Workshop held in Tokyo. The event welcomed 50 leaders from Japan and the international nutrition community to discuss the critical issue of global undernutrition.

Obesity, Associated Diseases, and Personal Health: Addressing the Global Nutrition Challenge

A report from the April 7 Summit Advance Workshop held in London. The event convened 60 leaders from science, policy, public health, industry, and medicine to discuss the rapidly emerging threat of obesity and its associated diseases in both developed and developing societies.

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Additional Publications

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