Eliminating NIH’s Fogarty International Center Would Undermine Progress, U.S. Leadership In Global Health
USA Today: Global health leadership role at risk in Trump budget: Column
Michele Barry, director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and senior associate dean for Global Health at Stanford University, and Derek Yach, consultant to the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion
“We live in a time when pandemics cross borders faster than ever. Yet to the horror of many of us working in global health, President Trump’s budget would completely eliminate the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center — one of the most effective tools we have to fight global diseases. For almost 50 years the center has done exactly what it was set up to do: Promote and facilitate international health research of mutual benefit to the U.S. and other countries, while training thousands of health researchers in more than 100 countries. … The U.S. has achieved a substantial return on investment from Fogarty. … The human capital it has created constitutes a global public good and a diplomatic resource for America. Fogarty’s work has profoundly influenced leading global health donors and the World Health Organization about where impact is possible and how to achieve it. To eliminate the Fogarty Center now would undermine progress, erode trust in America’s leadership in global health, and increase the risk of a devastating and preventable epidemic in the U.S. Keeping Fogarty would preserve health, both of Americans and populations all over the world” (3/28).