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. In a riveting read with powerful arguments, he contrasts the knowledge sharing that his Fogarty grant made possible with the alternative of “military interventions as the main way to resolve conflict,” and also notes that “international collaborations are not as altruistic as they might seem.”

The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic – This article delineates how with little apparent institutional knowledge or interest in global infectious disease impacts, federal science, health and foreign aid leadership posts unfilled, and tenuous relationships with international leaders, the Trump administration has left gaps across the landscape of resources needed in the inevitable event of a pandemic outbreak.

Health activists urge action on tuberculosis – This blog post by David Bryden of RESULTS draws attention to President Trump’s memo to appropriators that included, among proposed cuts, slashing 19 percent of USAID’s tuberculosis program funding for fiscal year 2017. Bryden also highlights arguments and actions to counter that proposal.

George W. Bush: PEPFAR saves millions of lives in Africa. Keep it fully funded – Former President Bush makes a straightforward argument for funding the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at levels sufficient to achieve its goals, writing that as Congress and the new administration weigh funding priorities, “we shouldn’t spend money on programs that don’t work, whether at home or abroad. But they should fully fund programs that have proven to be efficient, effective and results-oriented.”

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