The Future of U.S. Multilateral Engagement on Global Health: What’s the Right Balance?

This November 16, 2010, a Q&A webcast featured an expert panel explored the future of U.S. multilateral engagement on global health.

Although it is the largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and a major donor to many other multilateral organizations, the U.S. has historically supported global health through bilateral funding and programs. Yet, the Obama Administration has stated an intention to reinvigorate multilateral engagement as a key priority of the Global Health Initiative, including strengthening its partnership with the Global Fund, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations, and other organizations. This has raised questions about whether and in what ways the U.S. might shift its global health support, and what the right balance is between multilateral and bilateral funding. The expert panel will discuss these questions as well as other aspects of the U.S. multilateral engagement including its role in governance and its participation in international treaties and other agreements.

Kaiser Family Foundation’s Josh Michaud, senior policy analyst, moderated the discussion, which is part of the Foundation’s U.S. Global Health Policy: In Focus live webcast series.


  • Mark Abdoo, director for Global Health and Food Security
  • Natasha Bilimoria, president, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • Jennifer Kates, vice president and director, Global Health Policy & HIV, Kaiser Family Foundation

Event Date

Nov 16, 2010

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