At 72nd World Health Assembly week, Alan Donnelly calls for enhanced collaboration with micro-entrepreneurs and between Health and Finance Ministers to advance on the issue of digital health
(Health Policy Watch, 22nd May 2019)
During this year’s World Health Assembly week in Geneva, Alan Donnelly, Convener of the G20 Health & Development Partnership (G20 HDP), highlighted the growing importance of digital health. He advocates for collaboration between Finance and Health Ministries to scale up digital health innovations. Alan Donnelly also stressed the necessity for global health institutions and organisations, such as the UN and the WHO, to engage more extensively with the private sector. Indeed, micro-entrepreneurs and micro-businesses invent ingenious grassroot innovations that could address some global health challenges, such as achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030. Some of these digital innovations that are featured in our Healthy Nations – Sustainable Economies report will be presented to G20 Health and Finance representatives during the G20 HDP’s Health 20 Conference in Tokyo, on 24 June; leading up to the official G20 joint Session between Finance and Health Ministers on 28th June.
Alan Donnelly, Convener of the G20 Partnership, calls on G20 Health and Finance Ministers for increased cooperation and scaling up innovative financing models to effectively tackle global health challenges
(Japan Times, 5th April)
In his recent interview with the Japan Times, Alan Donnelly, Convenor of the G20 Health & Development Partnership, stressed the necessity of increased multi-sectoral cooperation to effectively tackle global health challenges and highlighted the strong link between global health and the economy. Alan said that there are successful programmes now in place that the G20 leaders could tap to raise funds towards new financing efforts to not only guard against a potential pandemic, but also support other global health initiatives. Some of those financial instruments such as new bonds, like a previously created vaccine bond, could be issued. Moreover, certain kinds of new levies similar to the one in France that supports Unitaid could be created. Together with the support of Partners of the G20 Health and Development Partnership, in a recently published report “Healthy Nations Sustainable Economies,” Alan pledged that G20 Finance and Health Ministers could ask the OECD and the World Bank, together with the WHO, to create a high-level panel that would look into ways to scale up blended finance models and establishing new long-term ways of funding innovation in health. The panel’s proposals can be presented during the G20 presidency of Saudi Arabia in 2020,” he added.