Plenary 3 – Reducing disparities through health justice
Reducing disparities through health justice – How can philanthropies drive equitable access to healthcare?
12 Sep 2023 Tuesday 10:30
Healthcare often reflects the deep inequalities of the world, with at least half of the world’s population still unable to access essential health services. Under-5 mortality is more than 8 times higher in Africa than in Europe. While health expenditure comprises 10% of the world’s GDP, reflecting a massive part of government and private spending in the sector, it often fails to drive innovation towards serving the most disadvantaged. This is where philanthropy can take its precious few dollars and catalyse the larger flow of capital towards more equitable outcomes.
This session will look at past examples where philanthropy has filled underfunded gaps. This includes recent learnings from the pandemic such as equitable vaccine distribution and safeguarding migrant workers. The panel will draw on these examples to guide how philanthropy can operate going forward.
Centennial and Visiting Professor
International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
National Health Foundation of Thailand
Former Prime Minister of Thailand
Under Secretary for Health
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government