About the Global Health Council
GHC is a membership alliance dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the 2 billion people living on less than $2 per day. The organization is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key decision makers to influence health policy.
MISSION: The Global Health Council works to ensure that all who strive for improvement and equity in global health have the information and resources they need to succeed.
The History of the New GHC
Formed in 1972 as the National Council of International Health, the organization changed its name to the Global Health Council (GHC) in 1998.
When the GHC closed its doors in June 2012, global health became the only development community of comparable scope and impact without a collective forum or voice. Members of the former GHC and wider global health community quickly came together to explore the needs and options for a renewed global health coalition. The previous Board of Directors worked with partners to preserve the organization's operational foundation and its status as a U.S.-based charitable organization. A new Board of Directors was elected in January 2013 and is now in place to move the organization forward with a revised set of priorities.
Year One Priorities
The reconstituted GHC will work with the U.S. Government and other global bodies on behalf its members to influence global health policies and resource allocation decisions, and services. The new GHC will build on the organization's history, profiting from lessons learned and taking new directions suited to an evolving environment and the changing needs of its members. Moving forward the emphasis will be on responsiveness and accountability to the membership, accompanied by consistent, transparent dialogue with the members. The Board has identified the following year-one priorities:
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Our diverse membership comprises health-care professionals and organizations that include NGOs, foundations, corporations, government agencies and academic institutions that work to ensure global health for all.
They implement programs, deliver health care services, conduct research on key issues, advocate for improved policies and financial support, provide funding for global health programming, develop life-saving products and communicate the stories of success and need to the world.
Our Board of Directors
The current Board members are: