Category Archives: What we’re reading

We’re reading about the values and value behind health services, security, and science

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Trump’s proposed NIH cuts would extend far beyond U.S. – “We are all together.” That is the value that brought the author of this piece in the Kansas City Star from his home in Missouri to Mauritania to Senegal. Now a physician, he has observed that high rates of cervical cancer, a preventable disease, fall […]

With a budget on the table that leaves science and lives around the world vulnerable, we’re reading about impacts and a better way

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Fund global health: Save lives and money – Comparing the costs of emergency responses to Zika and Ebola to the relatively miniscule, roughly $70 million budget of the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, this letter from physician researchers — at Yale University, in Liberia, in Florida, and in Maryland argues against the Trump […]

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 […]

We’re reading about a new WHO leader with a vision of health care for all, and a very different vision in the White House budget proposal

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The World Health Assembly election this week of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to be the next Director General of the World Health Organization followed the release of the Trump administration’s budget proposal by one day. That led to overlapping discussions of two starkly irreconcilable views of the role that access to health care plays in a […]

As an Ebola outbreak raises unmet challenges, we’re reading how politics drives public health

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While the World Health Organization’s announcement of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo raised appropriate alarm, the recognition of and response to the disease following nine cases of illness with three deaths over the last several weeks represent some degree of progress. The outbreak is the eighth in the country that was […]

On World Malaria Day we’re reading about a disease that highlights health system and service gaps, and why that matters more than ever

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The road ahead to malaria eradication – As CDC Malaria Branch Chief Patrick Kachur notes here, today’s theme of “End Malaria for Good” is catchy, but, if one is to take it seriously, requires a look at the threats to controlling, let alone eliminating the disease in areas where resources have remained limited. The continued […]

We’re reading about pandemic preparedness (or lack thereof) and why global health is local health

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Cutting collaborations will not put “America first” – This commentary in Nature by a Syrian pulmonologist whose 2001 Fogarty funded research advanced understanding of a health-impacting trend in his country and in the United States, highlights the cross border benefits of the Center’s international scientific collaborations more directly and succinctly than anything I’ve read so far. […]

Cut funding to health research, services, aid? We’re reading responses . . .

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Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership – Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster – This New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece unpacks the most significant cut ever proposed by a U.S. president to the National Institutes of Health, and the impacts it would have on American leadership in science, the […]

We’re reading about tuberculosis, and why one day a year is not enough

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Friday was the official World TB Day, a single calendar page set aside to send the message that TB continues to spread — with 10.4 million cases last year, a million among children — that TB continues to take a needless toll — of 1.8 million in 2016 alone, that drug-resistant TB poses a growing worldwide threat, and […]