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U.S. Global Health Spending Supports Nation’s Security, National Academies Report Says

ScienceInsider: Global health spending good for U.S. security and economy, National Academies say
“If a serious infectious disease blossomed across the globe today, the U.S. death toll could be double that of all the casualties suffered in wars since the American Revolution. Those two million potential American lives lost to a global pandemic is just one sobering statistic cited in a new report released [Monday] by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that urges sustained U.S. spending on global health initiatives. … The report’s authors make 14 recommendations for intervening in global health across four broad areas: prepping for global disease outbreaks; sustaining funds for responding to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; improving women’s and children’s health; and reducing incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancers in low- and middle-income countries. It also calls for ‘the creation of an International Response Framework to guide the U.S. response to an international health emergency’…” (Cross, 5/15).

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