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Global Health

The global community has achieved admirable progress in improving global health in recent decades—but many challenges still lie ahead. BCG is helping clients develop forward-looking models that are ambitious, inclusive, and grounded in data and analytics.

Global health organizations have been on the frontlines during the pandemic, taking on the sobering responsibility of containing a highly contagious disease while continuing their ongoing and vital work of preventing and treating diseases, improving maternal and child health, and other tasks. We have endured enormous losses of lives, jobs, and economic growth; yet the toll of COVID-19 may be even higher. Poverty, childhood malnutrition, and domestic violence have worsened—and up to a decade of progress against HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases could be erased.

The pandemic has been a profound setback, but it has also served as a catalyst for innovation and taught important lessons about how to fight disease and manage overall population health. To regain lost ground and speed progress toward the UN’s health-related Sustainable Development Goals, the global health community needs a new approach built on collaboration and innovation, along with a more sustainable and coordinated approach to development funding and programming.

How BCG Can Support Global Health Organizations

For decades, we have forged enduring relationships with leading global health organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, Global Fund, World Bank, World Health Organization, Wellcome Trust, and governments around the world. We often serve as a link that connects multiple, disparate efforts to build a powerful, unified response to global health issues.

Our global health consultants help clients build capabilities in many areas, including:

  • Organizational strategy, including the launch of new entities and partnerships
  • Innovation and R&D, including new product introductions
  • Program design, including access and disease area strategies
  • Program delivery, including innovative financing
  • Infectious disease, epidemics, and pandemics
  • Emergency preparedness and global health security
  • Access to health care systems
  • Digital health innovations and disruptive technologies

We also have deep experience with crisis management. During the COVID pandemic, BCG has managed hundreds of projects focused on health response, economic response, vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and stakeholder collaboration. Building on decades of work in global health emergencies, we quickly deployed a host of proprietary tools and methodologies—crisis management tools, consumer sentiment insights, supply and demand analytics, and scenario-based forecasting—to help companies, public sector organizations, and social impact organizations (nonprofits, donors, and multilaterals) make critical decisions and manage the impact of the coronavirus.

The Opportunity to Reimagine Global Health

As the global community confronts the pandemic and works to meet its ambitious 2030 goals to address today’s most pressing global health issues, it can benefit immediately from six high-impact opportunities:

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Embrace precision global health

Use data and advanced analytics to focus on areas with the highest burden and then target those most in need.

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Improve performance management

Build a strong performance management system that aggregates and analyzes key metrics on health care operations, delivery, and outcomes to enable data-driven decisions.

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Harness the private sector

Engage with the private sector to achieve greater scale, efficiency, and value for money in health care.

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Increase global health financing and maximize existing resources

Pursue new sources of financing, such as results-based financing, and use existing funds far more effectively.

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Launch and scale innovative interventions

Tap into the private sector's tremendous knowledge, capacity, and resources to scale system-wide interventions.

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Pursue next-generation R&D

Bring next-generation R&D methodologies, such as predictive analytics and innovative clinical-trial designs, to low- and middle-income countries.

Our Impact in Global Health


BCG’s Experts in Global Health

Our global health consulting and industry experts partner with leading international health organizations, corporations, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations to arrive at solutions for global health issues, the spread of infectious diseases, current global health threats, and health care access. These are some of our experts in global health consulting.

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