We’re reading about climate change policy, global disease funding and international research — and how decisions in Washington hit home, around the world

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Infectious disease collides with changing climate – After two dry years, the rains that flooded the forests and plantations of Brazil’s countrysides unleashed a bumper crop of mosquitos, speeding the spread of the country’s deadliest outbreak of yellow fever on record. Impacts of the outbreak, and the contributions of climate events to an epidemic the country was ill-prepared for are examined in this segment of a special report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article does not link the current outbreak directly to climate change, but highlights the importance of addressing the inevitable impacts ahead and their contributions to infectious diseases.

Why ditching the Paris Climate Deal Could Have Significant Health Consequences – This article, published on the eve of President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, succinctly discusses concerns that the decision will be bad for our health as well as for our planet.

Less Money to Fight AIDS – Last week, we were reading an in-depth New York Times article about the devastating impacts that the Trump administration proposed cuts to global HIV responses would have in countries where U.S. leadership has helped turn the trajectory of the pandemic and save millions of lives. HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Wendy Armstrong was reading it too, and in this letter to the editor, highlights the damage to individual and public health, as well as to health systems and to progress against the epidemic at home that the administration’s proposed cuts to domestic HIV responses will have as well.

The Fogarty Center: How Americans benefit from global health research – Finally, in the wake of the Trump administration’s budget proposal that the 50-year-old NIH global research and training Fogarty International Center be closed, this webinar from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (which produces this blog), Research!America, and the American Society of Tropical Diseases and Medicine & Hygiene laid out how the center’s collaborative partnerships around the world protect Americans’ health.

 

 

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