China in the Global Health Community

FACES Health Speaker Series


Karen Eggleston- Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Director of Asia Health Policy Program

Robert Spear- Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Dr. Yan Wang- Visiting Scholar, Shorenstein APARC

While China has proven itself to be an increasingly important player in the global economy, its role in global health issues remains to be defined. Given that China is home to 1.3 billion people and has become so integrated with the international community, what happens in China in terms of health policy will affect populations around the world. This panel will focus on China's role in confronting some of the greatest health threats that the world faces today, including, but not limited to, environmental pollution and controlling pandemics such as the H1N1 virus. What implications do these health risks have for the international community? Within forums like the World Health Organization (WHO), what can China learn from the health policies of other countries and what can it teach to them in return? In addition, the panel will also evaluate China's past, present, and future roles in the WHO and its health-related interactions with other groups such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. What responsibility does China hold in international health organizations and what role should it take in promoting global health programs? How can the international community and international health regimes affect Chinese health policies and would it be desirable to do so?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Green Earth Sciences Building, Room 124