Public health leaders promote new framework for development

Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, said on Thursday that the time is now for emerging powers to become engaged in the discussion about global health, and discuss shared responsibility and mutual accountability.

Dybul and Frenk said in an article for the Huffington Post that it is time for a new interaction between poor and rich countries so emerging powers can use their experience and knowledge to have a positive impact on global development.

"Emerging powers are well positioned to have an enormous impact on the regions in which they reside as well as on the global stage," Dybul and Frenk said in the article. "They should maximize this impact in positive and mutually beneficial ways, helping to lead and support strategies for global and regional growth."

Dybul and Frenk said that instead of adapting to current development models, richer countries should create their own models that should be welcomed and supported by the rest of the world. They said that it would be better to co-invest with partners to support national strategies "rather than further complication an already messy array of organizations countries must work with."

"It is important that emerging powers not fall into the errors of the past, creating new forms of paternalism or neo-colonialism," Dybul and Frenk said.

They said countries should consider expanding investments through organizations that are already engaged in global dialogue and investment approaches.

They said a new framework should include endorsement of shared responsibility and mutual accountability, a commitment to planning and funding low- and middle-income countries, and global investments and technical exchange.

"It is only with the full participation and leadership of these countries that we can achieve a harmonious, sustainable world in the post-MDG era," Dybul and Frenk said.