The next 'transformative change' leaders in global health

The private sector is helping fill gaps in global health, says Derek Yach.

Global health is undergoing “transformative change” — and that change isn’t just led by pharmaceutical and medical device companies, but increasingly by a new class of companies that’ve never been seen as leaders in health.

That’s what Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion, told Devex in a recent video interview.

Yacht predicts “transformative change” at the nexus of information technology and biotech, for instance, as companies begin to think more about the promotion of health, prevention of disease and improvement of quality of life rather than just the treatment of disease.

“We’ve seen the dramatic advance of public-private partnerships not just filling gaps but building on innovation and technology,” said the former WHO executive director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health.

Watch the above clip to hear Yacht’s take on the future leaders in global health.

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    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.