The CommonHealth

The CommonHealth is the podcast of the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security. On The CommonHealth, hosts J. Stephen Morrison, Katherine Bliss, and Andrew Schwartz delve deeply into the puzzle that connects pandemic preparedness and response, HIV/AIDS, routine immunization, and primary care, areas of huge import to human and national security. The CommonHealth replaces under a single podcast the Coronavirus Crisis Update, Pandemic Planet and AIDS Existential Moment.

Health & Fitness
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Live from Munich wit...
Steve speaks with Orin Levine, director of Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about the investments the Foundation is making into the epidemic response, the urgent need for diagnostics and treatments, and how this infection might play out over the next year.
24 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: More Than We Realized
As knowledge on COVID-19 evolves, Take as Directed will bring you the latest updates in this miniseries Coronavirus Crisis Update.
16 min
Health Security Miniseries: CDC Director Rebecc...
Rebecca Martin discusses the CDC’s work on training field disease detectives and laboratory workers worldwide, how the CDC works across the world to respond to outbreaks, and the Commission’s recommendation that the US re-invest in Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
31 min
Health Security Miniseries: Ambassador Jimmy Ko...
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker and Carolyn Reynolds discuss trends in global investment in health security, and the Commission's recommendations to invest in pandemic preparedness measures.
27 min
Health Security Miniseries: CEPI CEO Richard Ha...
Dr. Richard Hatchett discusses CEPI's role in developing technologies to fight against high priority public health threats and emerging infectious diseases.
39 min
Gender-based Violence as a Weapon of War
Janet Fleischman sits down with Melissa Dalton and Fatima Imam to discuss why gender-based violence has become a central feature in crises around the world.
30 min
The New Threat - Making Sense of Vaccine-Derive...
Nellie Bristol discusses vaccine-derived polio with Dr. John Vertefeuille, the polio eradication branch chief at the CDC.
22 min
Saving Lives Through Global Immunization
Katherine Bliss highlights some of the most striking moments of CSIS Global Health Policy Center's conference focused on global immunization.
24 min
Malaria Eradication Within a Generation? How Pl...
In 2018, more than 200 million people contracted malaria around the world, and nearly half a million died of it. As countries continue to battle malaria within their borders, the international discussion turns to a loftier goal—complete global eradicatio
25 min
Putin and Global Health: Friend or Foe?
In the last decade, Russia has increased its global engagement, while at the same time pursuing policies at home that are giving rise to HIV/AIDS and drug-resistant tuberculosis epidemics that are a risk for its own populations, as well as its neighbors.
29 min
Rethinking Vaccine Delivery
While the world has seen tremendous improvement in the availability of life-saving vaccines, coverage rates have stagnated over the last decade. The U.S. government, a leading player in global immunization, is working with international organizations as
21 min
Why Do Demographic Trends Matter for Global Hea...
The population of Africa is expected to double over the next 20 years, which means that many countries are facing either a demographic dividend or potentially a disaster, with critical implications for global health and development. In this episode of Ta
28 min
The New Landscape for Gavi 5.0
At the end of June, the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, approved their new “5.0” strategy for 2021-2025, with an ambitious set of priorities for this new phase. In this episode of Take as Directed, Nellie Bristol sits down with Amanda Glassman, Exec
23 min
Preparing Early Against Dangerous Pathogens
Since its inception in 2017, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI, has come to be seen as among the most promising innovations in global health security. It works to accelerate the development and introduction of new vaccines agai
31 min
Unpacking the DRC Ebola Crisis with Jason Stearns
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison sits down with Jason Stearns, Director of the Congo Research Group at the Center for International Cooperation at New York University. Jason is among America’s premier experts on Congolese politics
26 min
Unpacking the DRC Ebola Crisis with David Gressly
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison sits down with David Gressly, the UN Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gressly was appointed in May by the UN Secretary General to lead a more stra
27 min
Innovation and Optimism: A Conversation with Dr...
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Trevor Mundel, President of the Global Health Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They discuss the arc of Dr. Mundel’s personal career and his remarkable tenure at
32 min
Geeta Rao Gupta on Gender Equality and Health
In this episode of Take as Directed, host Janet Fleischman sits down with Geeta Rao Gupta, executive director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women, former president of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and former Deputy Executive Di
31 min
Politics, Health, and Humanitarianism: The Role...
In this episode of Take as Directed, Sara Allinder is joined by special guest host Haim Malka, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Middle East Program, to discuss the future of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees i
30 min
Vaccine Confidence in Crisis
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They discuss why vaccine confidence is currently in crisis, and how t
29 min
Global Diets and the Risk of Disease: Evaluatin...
In this episode of Take as Directed, Steve Morrison speaks with Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington. Dr. Murray walks through IHME’s ongoing Global Burden of Disease a
26 min
The New Era of Global Immunization
As the decade of vaccines comes to a close, public health experts are busy developing new strategies for the next era of global immunization. Among those efforts is a second version of the Global Vaccine Action Plan — or GVAP — which will cover the perio
30 min
Nutrition as the Key to Resilient Populations
Investing in nutrition is one of the most cost effective health and development programs, yet is often underprioritized in the larger global development agenda. In this episode of Take as Directed, Sara Allinder speaks with Shawn Baker, Director of the N
29 min
Human Genome Editing’s Brave New World
At the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong last fall, Professor He Jiankui made a controversial announcement that he had made heritable genetic changes in human embryos, which resulted in the birth of twin girls. This action
25 min
Creating a World Free of TB
March 24th was World TB Day, a World Health Organization-designated day of advocacy to raise awareness about the devastating health, social, and economic consequences of tuberculosis. In this episode of Take as Directed, host Steve Morrison is joined by
23 min