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April 13, 2021

The Intersection of Global Health and Humanitarianism

A Conversation with Lisa Carty

Health worker visits woman and child in Zanzibar (USAID)

COVID has revealed complex and under-appreciated linkages between pandemic responses and humanitarian interventions. Reflecting on her years of experience in the fields of global public health, humanitarian relief, and international women’s issues, Lisa Carty discussed the intersection of humanitarian work and global public health. The conversation covered lessons learned from recent failures in public health and humanitarian crises and how to make interventions more efficient, effective, ethical, and sustainable.

This event was hosted through Georgetown University’s Conversations in Global Health class, which invites global health professionals to Georgetown’s campus to engage in discussions regarding their career paths and expertise. John Monahan guides the structured conversation, and the discussion is open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff.


Lisa Carty serves as director of humanitarian financing and resource mobilization division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and was formerly director of the U.S. Liaison Office of the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She also served as UNAIDS’ country coordinator for the Russian Federation, worked as the deputy director for public policy for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, and led the work of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

John Monahan is the senior advisor for global health to President John J. DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.