India and China have undergone major economic transformations in the past quarter-century – and each now has a middle class that is bigger than the entire U.S. population. Their health care systems have improved but are still facing fundamental challenges. As a result, both countries now stand on the brink of major health reforms. At the same time, they face other health concerns: HIV/AIDS, aging populations, and, as their populations grow wealthier, many of the same chronic diseases that affect nations like the United States.

Health Affairs explores these issues in its July/August 2008 thematic issue on health in India and China. This issue was supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At the upcoming briefing, Somnath Chatterji of the World Health Organization will present new findings about the health status of older adults in China and India. Tsung-Mei Cheng of Princeton University will describe her interview with China’s health minister, Chen Zhu, and trends on obesity and nutrition in China. World Bank public health specialist Kees Kostermans will discuss India’s five-year HIV prevention plan and related policy implications. CMS researcher Aman Bhandari will discuss a successful specialty eye care network in India, called Aravind, which won the Gates Award for Global Health in May 2008.

Copies of the journal will be available at the briefing.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club [Metro Center], Holeman Lounge

To RSVP for this event, click here. If you have any questions, contact Isha Mehmood at or 301-652-1558

Tags: Global Health