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Investment In Global Health Science, Research ‘Reduces Health Risks To Americans, Saves Money’

Science: Fund global health: Save lives and money
Alison P. Galvani, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis at the Yale School of Public Health; Meagan C. Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Sten H. Vermund of the Yale School of Public Health; and Burton H. Singer of the University of Florida

“The White House budget … calls for substantial cuts to sciences and research. The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health is one of the many programs on the chopping block. Closing Fogarty, which has served as the cornerstone of the American strategy to promote global health, would be a mistake. Fogarty supports global health research training and scientific capacity building in more than 100 countries. … U.S. scientists are also trained in selected Fogarty programs, expanding the U.S. national health infrastructure. … Fogarty programs bolster capacity training and pandemic preparedness across the globe. … Currently, Fogarty is tackling problems that transcend national boundaries, such as the spread of drug resistance, rising rates of cervical cancer, and amelioration of trauma. … The unpredictability of disease emergence poses a threat to every country across the globe. Investment in sustainable global health reduces health risks to Americans and saves money” (6/9).

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