Lessons from the Space Race Will Help Fight Neglected Diseases

Fifty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy announced on a sunlit day at Rice University that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Seven years later, America fulfilled this mission. By the time Apollo 11 traversed the […]

Ebola Scare Shows That the World is Still Not Ready for a Major Disease Outbreak

Originally published by STAT, August 4, 2017. When the Democratic Republic of Congo detected cases of Ebola in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on July 2, only four people had died, four more had survived the […]

What is Global Health Diplomacy and Why Does It Matter?

Global Health Diplomacy: The use of various tactics by a range of actors to incent governments to achieve health goals for their citizens Learn more about Global Health Diplomacy through a free online course developed by Gabrielle Fitzgerald and Peter Small ————————- Global health diplomacy drives priorities in public health and impacts practitioners on the […]

New Director-General Tedros Must Modernize WHO’s Engagement with the World

Originally published by DevEx, May 26, 2017 When Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes over as the new director-general of the World Health Organization on July 1, he will step into a 70-year-old agency wrestling with its identity in a fast-changing world. WHO plays a unique role as the guardian of health for all, yet its […]

Shuttle Diplomacy to Outsmart Epidemics

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 […]

Post-Ebola Reforms: Ample Analysis, Inadequate Action

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 […]

Six Reasons Why You Should Still Care About Ebola

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 […]

21st Century Tools To Tackle Ebola and Improve Health

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.

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