CIC Senior Fellow Valerie Percival was recently featured in The Globe and Mail. Her work “On global health, Canada is not ‘back’” examines how Canada’s failure to prioritize global health in the G7 process could not come at a worse time. Yet an opportunity exists for Canada to promote a G7 Global Health Initiative to fill the gap left by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s budget cuts that will undercut the American “health security umbrella” for the world.
Valerie Percival’s article was noticed and responded to by Peter M. Boehm, the Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister.
Canada’s failure to prioritize global health in the G7 process could not come at a worse time writes CIC Sr. Fellow @valpercival. @G7Sherpa and @mclaudebibeau should take note. https://t.co/wjmgzZNwb6— The CIC (@thecic) February 23, 2018
Really? There are a number of global health initiatives underway and “failure” is a harsh, preconceived judgment in the second month of our G7 presidency.— Peter M Boehm (@G7Sherpa) February 23, 2018
It’s “failure to PRIORITIZE.” Evidence? No G7 Health Ministerial. I wrote this b/c it is the 2nd mnth of G7 Pres, am concerned about gh trends, see an opp for Canada to make a difference, and provided concrete proposals. The open/accountable/consultative GOC doesn’t welcome that?— Val Percival (@valpercival) February 23, 2018
Appreciate your concern & admire your advocacy. Ministerial mtgs do not always a G7 initiative make (MNCH at Muskoka in 2010); 🇨🇦back & active to secure $12.9b at Global Fund mtg in Montreal 2016; global health on Sherpa agenda; will see how we can push/find consensus; thanks!— Peter M Boehm (@G7Sherpa) February 23, 2018