Congratulations to our associate director Laura Freschi and Alanna Shaikh, an international health consultant, who topped the list of Alliance Magazine’s most read articles of 2011. Their piece — Gates – a benevolent dictator for public health? — was published in the special ‘Living with the Gates Foundation’ edition in September.
The public health landscape today looks unquestionably different from how it did in the late 1990s when the Gates Foundation strode on to the field. To its credit, the foundation has brought about a resurgence of interest in global health issues at a time when the cause was running low on energy and funds. Before Gates, global health funding covered little more than HIV and emerging infectious diseases – a bare shadow of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health for All vision of the 1970s. But Gates’ support for global health also raises questions: is it pushing us too much towards simple technological responses to multifaceted problems? With its influence so far-reaching, who will be willing and able to offer objective feedback? Click here to read
The Gates Foundation edition, which was guest-edited by Philanthropy Action’s Timothy Ogden, examined the foundation’s impact on both philanthropy and the fields it contributes to. Watch footage from a panel discussion on ‘Living with the Gates Foundation’ at the Hudson Institute.
See the other most-read articles below, including this one on culture and philanthropy by Tim Ogden: