Europe’s Leadership In Global Health Critical To Ending Diseases Of Poverty By 2030

POLITICO: Why Europe should lead on fight against disease
Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)

“The fight against diseases of poverty — HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other neglected diseases — may seem an unlikely battleground in our new era of foreign policy. But this is where the effects of the United States’ emerging isolationism will be most obvious. … If Europe doesn’t take on a leadership position, any hope of meeting commitments to end the epidemics of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030 will be doomed to fail. … To be taken seriously, Europe needs a comprehensive, long-term vision for global health research that sets out priorities for the next decade, backed up by vocal support from Europe’s politicians and investment. … [E]vents across the Atlantic have increased the urgency for action: It is clear that we cannot rely on the U.S. for the next four years. This is an opportunity for Europe to lay the groundwork to end HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other neglected diseases by 2030. Failure to do so would be a historic abrogation of Europe’s responsibility, at a time when it has never been more vital” (2/23).

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