As coalition director for the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), Kaitlin Christenson works with nearly 40 nonprofits to educate U.S. policymakers about the resources and policies needed to develop new vaccines, drugs, and other tools for global health. She is responsible for developing and implementing the coalition’s advocacy strategy and for overseeing the coalition’s daily operations.
Kaitlin also oversees the Global Health Regulatory Forum, an activity designed to strengthen and develop nonprofit product developers’ access, knowledge, and expertise of regulatory pathways for global health technologies. Previously, Kaitlin managed the aids2031 Science and Technology Working Group on behalf of PATH. There, she helped develop recommendations to assist the global HIV and AIDS and science community’s work toward changing the course of the epidemic before the year 2031. Kaitlin also worked with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to help developing-country governments make informed decisions on the use of a future malaria vaccine.
Kaitlin holds a BS in Biology and French from Virginia Tech, and received her MPH from The George Washington University.
March 01, 2012 / Kaitlin Christenson
The U.S. Congress is now considering the Obama administration’s budget for global health in the coming weeks and months.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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