The 2009 Summit challenged GlobeMed members to explore health as a human right and ways in which they could apply this concept to their work.

2009 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

From Idea to Implementation: Securing Health as a Human Right

April 2 – 4, 2009 | Evanston, IL
2009 Summit

The 2009 Summit’s central theme, “From Idea to Implementation: Securing Health as a Human Right,” explored the discourse of human rights, the status of health, and how actors play a part in securing the most basic of rights in communities around the world. Keynotes, panels, breakouts, and workshops led by experts in the field provided delegates with the opportunity to learn and discuss amongst each other.

View the 2009 Summit program.
View the 2009 Summit photo album.



Programming for the 2009 Summit included two plenary panels featuring experts in the field and two sets of Global Health Breakout sessions discussing practical applications of global health delivery around the world. Speakers came from a variety of organizations ranging from GlobeMed at Truman State’s partner Maison de Naissance to Partners In Health.


Divya Mallampati, Northwestern University ’09 and Dr. Neeraj Mistry, former VP of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC)

Keynote speakers
Opening Keynote: Stephen Lewis

Mr. Stephen Lewis is Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, a new international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS (www.aids- Among several senior UN roles that spanned over two decades, Mr. Lewis was the UN Secretary- General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, Mr. Lewis was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, Mr. Lewis is a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada.

Opening keynote address by Stephen Lewis.

Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. He holds 28 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. In April 2005, TIME magazine listed Mr. Lewis as one of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’. In 2007, the Kingdom of Lesotho invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order, named for the founder of Lesotho, is the country’s highest honour.

Honorary Keynote: Christine Gorman

Christine Gorman is a nationally known journalist who has covered health matters, including global health issues, for more than 20 years on staff at TIME Magazine. In 2008 she received a prestigious Nieman Fellowship to study global health at Harvard University, followed by a three- month reporting trip to investigate the nursing crisis in Malawi. Ms. Gorman was one of the first mainstream journalists in the U.S. to report in depth on the AIDS epidemic in the early-to-mid 1980s and used her fluency in both French and English to bring the international scope of the problem to the fore. She is now a freelance writer, contributor to TIME Magazine and blogs about global health at