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Global Health Leadership Series

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There’s no end to obstacles in public health, but leaders must find a way—or fail. In September 2018, Global Health NOW launches a series (a series of series, ultimately) of interviews with global health leaders. The goal: Share their wisdom in specific issues and their broader leadership lessons.

Michael R. Bloomberg: Millions Don't Have to Die from NCDs  (September 28, 2018)
Michael R. Bloomberg, newly reappointed to a second term as WHO’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, brings a positive message: The 41 million annual deaths from NCDs are largely preventable. What’s needed to save millions of lives is political will.

Politicians, Philosophy and Other Leadership Challenges: A Q&A with Bill Foege (September 17, 2018)
A pathbreaker in global health and a former CDC director, Bill Foege has some startling advice for young people interested in global health: Don’t have a life plan—have a life philosophy.

The Lessons of Alma Ata (September 9, 2018)
Rita Thapa, who founded the Primary Health Care Project in her country in 1975, shares her unique view on the historic declaration and how it has shaped global health and policy in Nepal.

What Motivates Tedros: A Q&A with WHO’s Director-General, Part II (September 4, 2018)
Tedros describes his take on his leadership challenges, and explains what schools of public health should be doing to have a greater impact on global health.

Inside the Mind of Tedros: A Q&A with WHO’s Director-General (September 4, 2018)
In this first of a 2-part series, David Peters, chair of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, probes Tedros on the biggest challenges, his signature initiative—universal health coverage, health equity and WHO’s work with nonstate actors. 


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