Global Initiative on Health and the Economy

The Global Initiative on Health and the Economy works to champion good health and good health care policies as vital to advancing economic growth and prosperity.

Global Initiative on Health and the Economy

What We Do

  • Elevate the importance of investing in health as a strategy for economic growth and sustainable development.
  • Share models for evidence based interventions that curb NCD risk factors and have proven outcomes in increasing health and productivity.
  • Convene decision makers in health, finance, education and urban planning ministries for public-private partnerships workshops.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of employer led workforce wellness programs.

Why We Do It

  • Increasing rates of chronic disease around the world are having an alarming impact on workforce productivity, global development and economic opportunity.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its global network of members and affiliates are key stakeholders in the delivery of healthcare solutions that serve individuals, support communities and benefit countries.


Where We Work


Key Recommendations

Organizational Structure

The global health crisis requires a “whole of government,” a “whole of business,” and a “whole of society” response. Through a better understanding of different strengths and incentives, we can promote platforms that help bring together the public sector, the private sector and NGO’s in a common cause.


GIHE financing iconHealth Care Financing

Because millions of people across the world are forced into poverty every year when a family member falls seriously ill, it is critical that governments better understand the need for balanced funding systems. This includes using public insurance, access to private insurance, out-of-pocket payments, as well as charity and aid.


GIHE delivery iconHealth Delivery Systems

Technology has provided enormous improvements in our ability to deliver health care. Whether applied to the infrastructure of clinics, hospitals, and health care centers, or to the models for delivering health care information and services to rural populations, technology utilization is central.

Recent Activity

ReportOct 17, 2019 - 8:45am

Roadmap for the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue

The G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (hereinafter “the G20 RE Dialogue”) developed this Roadmap to promote its activities more effectively.

ReportSep 20, 2019 - 1:15pm

G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting 2019 Ministerial Declaration

We, the Ministers of Labour and Employment of G20 members and invited countries, met in Matsuyama, Japan on 1-2 September 2019 to discuss global developments with respect to employment, and progress on our previous commitments, and agree on policy prioritiesto address demographic change, new forms of work, and global efforts to realize gender equality.

Letters to CongressJun 04, 2019 - 2:30pm

Nomination of Stephen Dickson for Administrator of the FAA

Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) comment request (docket number DHS–2019–0010)1

Issue BriefApr 03, 2019 - 11:15am

GIHE China Program Brochure

Chinese-language brochure for the Global Inititive and Health and the Economy program.

Press ReleaseMar 28, 2019 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Signs Health MOU with Chinese Province

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and China's Hainan Province signed a memorandum of understanding that will serve as a foundation for cooperation in the fields of health. The agreement establishes a strategic partnership that will drive Hainan Province’s medical and health industries to achieve breakthroughs in the development and promotion of market-based healthcare solutions.

EventDec 11, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Bill Gates Interview Graphic

The Need for U.S. Leadership

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Initiative on Health and the Economy is pleased to host the Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, for a discussion on the role of U.S. leadership in supporting innovation and progress around the world. Please join us for this important and timely discussion.

EventJun 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

The Big Shift: Productivity in a Greying World

Today’s government and business leaders are confronting a new challenge that is impacting economic growth and prosperity: changing demographics.

ReportJun 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

Noncommunicable Diseases In South Africa: A Call To Action

The World Health Organization predicts NCDs will become the leading cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. Productivity losses related to ill health cost South Africa 6.7% GDP a year, rising to 7.0% GDP by 2030.

ReportJun 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

Economic Costs of Absenteeism, Presenteeism and Early Retirement Due to Ill Health: A Focus on Saudi Arabia

This report provides estimates of the economic cost due to productivity losses arising from absenteeism, presenteeism and early retirement due to ill health. For Saudi Arabia, these losses equate to a total of 9.7% of GDP by 2030 as shown in Table ES1. This is the largest impact of any of the countries included in this study as comparator countries. The majority are middle income developing countries from around the globe, although the US, Japan and Singapore are also included.