The Coalition Hosts Global Britain: UK Leadership in Global Health


Author: Lauren Pizzey

On Monday 15th July, The Coalition for Global Prosperity were delighted to host a packed room in parliament to showcase the leading work that the UK government, as well as British business and civil society is doing to promote access to healthcare across the globe.

The Coalition heard from senior speakers including The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), Lord Crisp KCB (Chair, APPG for Global Health), Richard Clarke (Director-General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian, DFID), Kade Mondeh (Consultant Midwife, Barts Hospital), Dianne Stewart (Head of Donor Relations, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria), Phil Thomson (President of Global Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline), Simon Wright (Director of International Development, Save the Children) and Theo Clarke (CEO, Coalition for Global Prosperity).


The event, co-hosted by the Coalition for Global Prosperity, Action for Global Health, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation brought together parliamentarians, business and NGOs to discuss Britain’s leading role in promoting Global Health and achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

 The Coalition’s Theo Clarke opened proceedings by welcoming guests to the event, and spoke of the critical role of the Global Fund in improving global health and Britain’s leading role in tackling health epidemics such as Ebola.

Theo Clarke

Britain is a force for good in the world. UK leadership in global health helps to tackle epidemics like ebola, and ensure a healthy workforce that in turn generate strong economies; a healthy world is a safer, more prosperous one. This is UK aid at its best and should make us all very proud.
— Theo Clarke

Chair of the APPG on Global Health, Lord Crisp, then provided his opening remarks, stressing that we must focus on the ‘big picture stuff’ as well as the detail. He emphasised the enormous impact that the UK has had on improving health across the world, and told the audience that his APPG was in the process of undertaking a study to measure this contribution.  

Lord Crisp KCB

Lord Crisp KCB

The UK and the four sectors of Government, academia, NGOs and commerce very much lead the way globally on healthcare, we have an enormous impact
— Lord Crisp KCB

The audience then heard from keynote speaker, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP, who told guests that the UK had the ‘proudest record as a pioneer’ on health, and stressed that the Government would ensure that growing prosperity and global health go hand in hand. Hancock also praised the UK as a global leader in research and innovation, and stressed the importance of exporting this expertise to tackle some of the biggest challenges in Global health, including AMR, vaccinations and crisis response.

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

We should never shy away from celebrating our foreign aid budget... millions of children’s lives are saved because of decisions made by the UK
— Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Following the speeches, Theo Clarke chaired a panel of experts on the issue, including Richard Clarke (Director-General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian, DFID), Kade Mondeh (Consultant Midwife, Barts Hospital), Dianne Stewart (Head of Donor Relations, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria), Phil Thomson (President of Global Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline) and Simon Wright (Director of International Development, Save the Children).

Panelists discussed the UK’s recent pledge to the Global Fund, the importance of cultural understanding ‘on the ground’ in global health programs and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke

The UK is leading the way in tackling global health challenges which is in all of our interests. I am proud of the life saving work UK Aid does. By supporting critical funds like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance, UK Aid is helping people live healthier, happier and more prosperous lives.
— Richard Clarke
Kade Mondeh

Kade Mondeh

It is no secret that Global health and support from the UK has played a tremendous role in health care delivery globally, and most notably in Africa.
— Kade Mondeh
Dianne Stewart

Dianne Stewart

The wonderful announcement of the pledge from the United Kingdom to the Global Fund has set the bar for other countries to follow, it really is a leadership pledge
— Dianne Stewart
Phil Thomson

Phil Thomson

Our mission at GSK is to help people across the globe to do more, feel better and live longer. Our specific Global Health priority is to invest in R&D for infectious diseases affecting children and adolescents in developing countries, focusing on malaria, TB and HIV. We work closely with the UK Government and commend its leadership in addressing many of the global health challenges faced in countries around the world.
— Phil Thomson
Simon Wright

Simon Wright

I am proud of the UK’s record in supporting health across the globe. UK Aid must be transformative, helping developing countries to build systems & raise fair funding for Universal Health Coverage
— Simon Wright

After the panel there was an audience Q&A, in which questions centred around health in adolescent girls, Universal Health Coverage and the impact of Brexit on Britain’s role in Global health.