Airplanes are what first introduced me to the global reach and danger of epidemic diseases. So it seems only appropriate that airplanes also helped me do something to address this growing threat. Frequent work travel between the United States and Asia at the height of the 2003 SARS epidemic exposed me to the serious problem […]
Reports on the response to Ebola broadly agree on what needs to be done to deal with disease outbreaks. But Suerie Moon and colleagues find that the world is not yet prepared for future outbreaks In August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in west Africa a public health emergency of […]
Much of the progress we have seen recently on vaccines, nutrition, and global health security is due to global health diplomacy. We believe that at its core, global health diplomacy simply means finding ways to incentivize governments to achieve health goals for their citizens.
Since early 2014, Ebola has infected about 27,600 people and caused more than 11,200 deaths. And this outbreak is not over. To put this in perspective, the largest outbreak ever recorded previously was 425 cases in Uganda. Last month, I visited Sierra Leone and Guinea, and continue to be impressed at how hard people are […]
So, what is the anatomy of a 21st century solution to solve a 21st century problem? One critical element is partnership — particularly public-private partnerships. Ebola is a case study into the value of partnership.
While the fight against Ebola is yet to be won, Americans should be proud of the role we have played in the progress made to date. We live in a complex, globally interconnected world, where ideas and viruses can spread almost instantaneously. The world has seen devastating health crises in the past, such as the […]
For those of us whose understanding of the Ebola epidemic comes from what we hear on news reports and the statistics we read about the disease, Ebola can seem like a very distant problem. And especially as many are starting to contend that this current outbreak is nearly over, the havoc wrought by Ebola is […]
With 250 citizens stretched over 3,000 miles and 6,000 islands, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world. With a country this large, Indonesia’s leaders made a decision in the 1970s to prioritize family planning. In the public health arena, they are now known for their incredible success over the past few decades […]
Dewi Wulan smiled radiantly as she pulled off her surgical mask. All the patients at Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital’s TB clinic were wearing them, but she is now officially no longer contagious with TB, and therefore the mask was no longer required. I met Dewi, 29, at Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital, a busy urban hospital […]