Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: Training drives public health and pandemic preparedness

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Do we want another Spanish influenza pandemic? How can improving opportunities for educational loan repayment improve domestic and global health security and prevent future pandemics? In a look back at more than 60 years of contributions from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, this opinion piece by one its alumnae […]

What we’re reading: When the difference between words and actions on global infectious disease control hits home

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The State Department mismatch on global health rhetoric and reality –  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought in, or left in place strong proponents of global infectious disease responses, including continuing U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Amb. Deborah Birx and USAID Administrator Mark Green, this analysis notes, but also notes that White House policies and […]

What we’re reading: A State Department switch, a trip to Africa, and DREAMS deferred?

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Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo – Secretary Rex Tillerson cut short his trip to Africa, this article notes, where he had cancelled an appearance at an event in Kenya highlighting achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief there after learning of his dismissal. We […]

What we’re reading: An unimaginably bad budget plan, and its impacts . . .

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The Trump Budget’s Effect on HIV: Unimaginably Bad – Dr. Melanie Thompson is Chair of the HIV Medicine Association and principal investigator of AIDS research at the Consortium of Atlanta. As a physician specializing in HIV care she has seen the inequities that fuel the epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia, and the impacts. Here, she enumerates […]

What we’re reading: Global Health insecurity, why the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and ending AIDS at home

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The CDC is about to fall off a funding cliff – A couple of years after fast-moving and devastating outbreaks of Ebola and Zika overlapped, and even as the potential for both of those viruses to wreak havoc on families, communities, economies and on global stability continue in the absence of strong health response capacities, […]

What we’re reading: A CDC director’s conflicts, Trump administration global health impacts a year in, and a Global Gag Rule update

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CDC Director Resigns – “a large, complicated stock portfolio that included hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments . . .[in] tobacco companies . . . as well as a number of pharmaceutical stocks” was too much baggage for new CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to carry while overseeing national and global public health endeavors. Politico, […]

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 […]

What we’re reading . . . A wish list, lessons from the last century, and the inequity of agony

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MSF’s 2018 Wish List – From stopping the preventable toll of the world’s leading infectious disease killer by accelerating access to the treatments that cure tuberculosis, to protecting generic drugs, to putting vaccines within reach of children who now die from pneumonia at a rate of one every 35 seconds, this wish list from Médecins […]

What we’re reading: What happens when policy makers recognize that healthcare is a right

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A Marshall Plan for global health – “Absent the U.S. leadership to date that has spurred significant burden sharing, the threat of infectious diseases will only grow and further weigh down health systems and economies,” this piece in the National Interest predicts. At a pivotal moment in that leadership, this piece presents reasons that U.S. […]