Global Health Leaders Seek New Ties to Tech Industry, While Aiming to Avoid ‘Innovation Addiction’
Thursday, February 9, 2017
It’s easy to see global health as a far-off issue, one that doesn’t have much impact outside isolated parts of the world. But at a symposium on global health today at the University of Washington, leaders in the field argued just the opposite.
Speaking at the symposium in Seattle, Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, emphasized that challenges to global health could have ramifications far beyond health officials and war-torn countries. “In our world of radically increased interdependence, the forces that shape these challenges are universal, and they are not easily reversed,” Chan said.
To tackle these challenges, she and other global health leaders are looking to collaborate across borders, and across industries.
Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who has previously worked at the UW, said he has been working to reach out to one partner in particular: the tech industry.