"Why do we spend so little on preventing ill-health and so much on treating it?" with Prof Chris Dye

Past Event

11 February 2019, 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

Event Recording:

“Prevention is better than cure”, and yet only 3% of health expenditure in OECD countries is spent on prevention and public health while more than 90% is spent on curative, rehabilitative and long-term care. How can that paradox be explained? What are the obstacles and opportunities for greater investment in staying healthy?

This talk will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome

About the speaker

Chris Dye began professional life as a biologist and ecologist, having graduated from the Universities of York (BA 1978) and Oxford (DPhil 1982). After developing an interest in infectious diseases as a postdoc at Imperial College London, he moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to bring his research closer to public health. From a base at LSHTM he spent 12 years doing research on leishmaniasis, malaria, rabies and other infectious diseases in Africa, Asia and South America.

In 1996, he joined the World Health Organization where he has developed methods for understanding the dynamics and devising control methods for a wide range of pathogens, including tuberculosis and Ebola and Zika viruses. As Director of Strategy 2014 -18, he served as science advisor to the Director General, oversaw the production and dissemination of health information by WHO press and libraries, and coordinated WHO’s global sustainable development network.

From 2006-09, he was also 35th Gresham Professor of Physic (and other biological sciences), in a lineage of professors that have been giving public lectures in the City of London since 1597. He is a Fellow of The UK Royal Society and of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

Having recently left WHO, he is currently Visiting Professor of Zoology and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford.