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‘Strengthening Health Systems, Intensifying Cross-Sectoral Collaboration, Improving WHO’s Effectiveness’ Vital To Enhancing Global Health Security

POLITICO: Global health security: Let’s prove Camus wrong on plagues Stefan Oschmann, chair of the executive board and chief executive of Merck “…Health is a precondition for social and economic development and, ultimately, for international security. It is therefore more than justified that health security is now firmly anchored on…

Global Health Community Can Use SDG Framework To Monitor, Hold Leaders Accountable

The Lancet: What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for health? A scorecard Martin McKee, professor in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Scott L. Greer, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health; David Stuckler, professor at…

U.S. Must Maintain Leadership Role In Global Health, Development, ‘Cement Its Legacy’ With Efficient Investments

The Hill: Preventing global health crises requires modest American investment Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council “…Amidst questions of America’s future role in the world, it is important to recognize that the U.S. has demonstrated unparalleled moral, economic, and social leadership in global health and…

Scientific Community Should Fill ‘Gaps Left By Apathetic Leadership And Constrained Government Agencies’ To Protect Public Health, Environment

Thomson Reuters Foundation: When it comes to our health, we have no time to waste Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute; Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association; and Ken Berlin, president and CEO of the Climate Reality Project “…[P]olitical change cannot be…

Continued Bipartisan U.S. Investment In Foreign Assistance Programs Can Benefit Both U.S., Aid Recipients

The Hill: Continued foreign assistance is a smart and easy win for the new administration Paul Weisenfeld, executive vice president for international development at RTI International “…Today’s assistance programs have embraced the best lessons of modern management: evidence-based programs focused on key priorities, applying context-appropriate technologies, and building ownership among…

Gates Foundation’s Approach To ‘Focus On Best Investments First’ Serves As Lesson For Governments

Project Syndicate: Learning from Bill Gates Bjørn Lomborg, visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “…[An] analysis for Copenhagen Consensus shows that each dollar of Warren Buffett’s money spent by the Gates Foundation on vaccination, contraception, and nutrition is generating a return worth…

Primary Health Care Systems Serve As Front Lines In Disease Outbreaks, Must Be Strengthened

The Conversation: How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care Ashwin Vasan, assistant professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine at Columbia University “…Why is primary care important in epidemics like Ebola or Zika? First, we know that primary care providers play an important role in initial outbreak response…

Veterinarians Play ‘Pivotal Role’ In Defense Against Animal-Borne Diseases

The Hill: Veterinarians: Warriors in the battle against disease Arve Lee Willingham, associate dean for research and postgraduate studies and professor of One Health at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine “…60 percent of all human diseases are [transmitted by animals]. … Who’s manning the front lines against these diseases?…

Innovation, Partnerships, Political Will Crucial For Continuing Progress Against Infectious Diseases, Addressing Rising NCDs

New Dawn Liberia: Confronting the Next Global Health Challenge Jörg Reinhardt, chair of the Novartis Board of Directors “…[W]hile mortality rates from infectious diseases are declining, developed countries’ sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use, and poor diets are catching on in the developing world, and [noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)] such as diabetes, cardiovascular…

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