Global health advocate Lord Nigel Crisp will visit NIH Feb. 24.
Global health advocate Lord Nigel Crisp will visit NIH Feb. 24 to give a talk on the importance
of capacity building in the developing
world. He is co-chair of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and former chief executive of the U.K. National Health Service. His talk, sponsored by the Fogarty International Center, is titled “Improving Health Care at Home and Abroad: Lessons from the Developing World.” The event will be held at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 31C, Conf. Rm. 6.
Crisp is a member of the U.K. House of Lords and works extensively in the fields of international
development and global health. From 2000 to 2006, he led major reforms of the British
health system as both chief executive of the National Health Service and permanent secretary
of the U.K. Department of Health. In 2007, he co-chaired an international task force on increasing the education and training of health workers globally.
His book Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century stresses the need for co-development and mutual learning instead of traditional top-down approaches to knowledge transfer and international
In 2009, he co-founded the Zambia U.K. Health Workforce Alliance, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Zambian health workers trained in-country. For 20 years, he has been involved with the nonprofit group Sightsavers,
which provides eye care training for community health workers in low- and middle-income countries.