Global Health Week on the Hill

Global Health Week on the Hill was a great success.

6 members of Congress walked through the Global Health Experience
28 congressional offices participated
More than 360 people visited the Global Health Experience in the Rayburn Foyer

Nine organizations partnered to bring the exhibit to the East Coast in order to draw congressional focus to global health during “Global Health Week on the Hill”, February 26-March 5, 2013. Activities included a public exhibition of the Global Health Experience display in the Rayburn Building foyer, a high-level Congressional staff briefing outlining government funding and creative partnerships, a simulcast of the newly-released Global Burden of Disease Study results featuring Bill Gates, and a Congressional reception in the Global Health Experience exhibit in cooperation with the Congressional Caucuses on Global Health and Effective Foreign Assistance.

Thank you to our partners: PATH, the GAVI Alliance, the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, World Vision, International Medical Corps, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, the Global Health Council and the Global Health Technologies Coalition.

Global Health Week on the Hill

Renewing US leadership: Policies to advance global health research

The annual Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) global health R&D briefing launched their policy report on the success and importance of US-funded global health research and product development programs. Speakers from a range of US federal agencies and R&D projects discussed the considerable impact of appropriations and other legislation in Congress on US-funded research into new vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other products for global health.  Panelists also examined other US policies and programs that impact global health research efforts. Learn more.

Congressional Global Health Briefing for Staffers

New congressional staff were invited to this briefing session and discussion about challenges and progress in US-supported global health programs. Presented in cooperation with  the Global Health Caucus and Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance, and organized by the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) and several partnering global health organizations, this interactive discussion enabled Congressional staff to learn about the US government’s critical role in advancing global health.

Panel 1:
Title:  Maximizing Impact in Global Health
Moderator: Lisa Cohen, Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance
Topic: US government agencies provide a range of expertise and support for global health initiatives.  Learn the role and priorities of each agency and the perspective of a beneficiary. 


  • Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID 
  • Dr. Nils Daulaire, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Julia Martin, Chief Operations Officer, PEPFAR 
  • Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative 
  • Luwiza Makukula, Zambian TB-HIV Activist  
Panel 2:
Title: Global Health Cross-Sector Partnerships 
Moderator: Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief at Health Affairs
Topic: Partnerships between the private-sector, non-governmental organizations, and the US government can catalyze and maximize impact and health-systems strengthening.  Learn how these partnerships operate and are sustained over-time.  


  • Dr. Tom Kenyon, Ethiopia Country Director, Centers for Disease Control
  • Ann Canavan, Director of Health Policy and Practice, International Medical Corps 
  • Jed Hoffman, Senior Director of Health & HIV, World Vision US 
  • Col. Dr. Peter J. Weina, Deputy Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Dr. Ted Prusik, Senior Vice President, Temptime

Global Health Experience Exhibit (Rayburn Foyer)

The Global Health Experience exhibit —a 47’ x 9’ global health display— transports visitors to Tanzania and India, through replica village displays and a 5 minute, mobile phone-guided tour of two key global health issues: malaria and the health of mothers and their babies. Visitors will learn how U.S. investments contribute to solutions and how sustained support will save lives in the U.S. and around the world.

Simulcast of New Global Burden of Disease Study Results

The Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation hosted a launch of the country-level estimates of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors which will be simulcast to Washington, D.C.

Congressional Global Health Reception

An opportunity to tour the Global Health Experience exhibit as we closed Global Health Week on the Hill with a Congressional Global Health Reception presented in cooperation with the Global Health Caucus and the Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance.  Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) were invited to speak.