Inaugural Lecture of Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research
Speaker: Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)
Title of talk: Harnessing the power of science and the private sector: a 21st century model for international development
Hosted by: Professor David Dunne, Director of Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research
Lecture: 5.30 - 6.00pm
Location: Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge.
Dr Berkley’s talk will be followed with a presentation by the world-leading flu expert, Professor Derek Smith, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Cambridge and co-PI for the Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global HealthResearch (6:00- 6:15pm).
There will be an opportunity for questions and answers after the talks (6:15-6:30pm), followed by a drinks reception until 7pm.
The GAVI Alliance is a public private partnership established in 2000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK government and others, to improve access to immunisation. With GAVI support, several countries are now introducing new vaccines against the primary causes of two of the biggest childhood killers in the world: pneumonia and severe diarrhoea. Together, these diseases account for 30% of child deaths in low-income countries. Since 2000, 370 million additional children have been immunised against leading vaccine-preventable diseases in the world's poorest countries, with GAVI support. GAVI has committed US$ 7.9 billion in programme support until 2016 to developing countries. The Alliance has also become a leading force in innovative finance for global development, using instruments such as vaccine bonds.
The Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research (WT- CCGHR) is a newly funded Centre at the University of Cambridge - one of five Centres sponsored by the Wellcome Trust in the UK. Due to the extensive biomedical and health-related research capacity and facilities available in several departments and research institutes across Cambridge, the WT-CCGHR is very well placed to support researchers working in public health and tropical medicine in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), and to help improve the health and welfare of their citizens. The Cambridge Centre therefore intends to develop the careers of researchers based in LMIC, including our THRiVE partners in Africa, and to foster research capacity building and knowledge interchange between researchers at the University of Cambridge and their colleagues in LMIC.
Some documents relevant to the talk can be viewed via the following links:
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The Wellcome Trust has named the University of Cambridge as the site of one of its five Centres for Global Health Research.