Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

2017: A year of challenges and change in global infectious disease responses

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As international efforts to counter worldwide health challenges that include antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease surveillance began to gather force at the end of 2016, a transition in U.S. global health leadership was underway — from a president who ushered in the “Global Health Initiative” (it fizzled out) and the Global Health Security Agenda (off […]

Vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based . . .

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Whether banned or simply avoided, physicians, scientists, policy makers and medical writers say dodging words leads to inaccurate discussion of public and global health needs  . . . How do you discuss the urgency of preventing the most devastating impacts of Zika virus without using the word fetus? How do you focus efforts to control […]

Study of Zika impacts on infants shows needs for long-term planning, resources

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A little more than two years after Brazilian health authorities began to note a steep rise in microcephaly incidence among children born in areas affected by an outbreak of Zika, a study involving 19 of those children found evidence of disabilities and severe development delays that will require a range of social and medical services, […]

Ebola stories highlight global health security needs, efforts, progress in emerging infections detection, prevention, response

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In 2014, as international health leaders and policy makers launched the Global Health Security Agenda to meet increasingly urgent needs to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks around the world, the emergence of the Ebola crisis in West Africa underscored the immediacy of their mission. Spreading from a forest in Guinea to sweep […]