What we’re reading: How critical efforts to build infectious disease capacities worldwide could be diminished, and why that matters

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CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries – Even as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Global Affairs Director Garret Grigsby expounded on the need for increased investments in worldwide public health emergency preparedness, the Wall Street Journal was detailing plans at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  “to scale back or discontinue its work to prevent infectious-disease epidemics and other health threats in 39 foreign countries” — because it expects funding for the work to end” when Ebola-focused dollars run out in 2019. The Wall Street Journal article goes into greater detail, on the CDC’s hope that the Ebola crisis had alerted funders the needs for sustained efforts to heighten capacities for infectious disease vigilance worldwide, but this article sums up the consequences — a focus to just 10 countries —  as well as the possibility that it is not to late for this inadequate solution to be reversed.

Urgent Care: When the researcher becomes the patient – This story by a global health researcher on the healthcare inadequacies she experienced first hand as a patient gives a vivid picture of the enormity of the inequities between the health resources in wealthy countries and in ones where resource limitations fuel public health threats that have the potential to affect everyone.

Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim – In addition to detailing the remarkable life and contributions of pioneering HIV researcher and advocate Mathilde Krim, this New York Times obituary also revisits the days when the HIV pandemic caught the world off guard, and the resources required to mount an informed and effective response.

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