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At $46 billion each year – almost a quarter of all grantmaking – philanthropy spends more on health-related causes than anything else. As the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies, philanthropy has provided critical funding for vaccine development, medical equipment, mutual aid, social welfare, and global health infrastructure.
But there is intense debate about how the largest foundations interact with governments, international bodies and pharmaceutical companies and who should hold them accountable.
This special issue of Alliance considers new directions for global health philanthropy and explores whether health funding is going where its most needed, and asks who gets to decide.
The centrepiece of this issue is an Alliance magazine exclusive with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in conversation with Prof Senait Fisseha, Director of Global programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.
The issue has been guest edited by Julia Greenberg in the Open Society Foundations and Aggrey Aluso from the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, They make the case for a more citizen centred approach to health care infrastructure and offer a trenchant critique of over-reliance on private sector solutions and partnerships.
Other stellar contributors include:
Ban Ki-moon Former UN Secretary General and vice chair of The Elders, discussing the role of philanthropy in building publicly funded and democratically accountable universal health coverage
Dr Charlie Weller Head of Vaccines at the Wellcome Trust on Wellcome’s role in the search for a Covid vaccine drawing on lessons from Ebola
The Children Investment Fund Foundation on the funding agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights
Lawyer and advocate Steven Allen of the Validity Foundation on mental health and why human rights needs to be centre of work in this area
And much more…