Fogarty International Center Helps Safeguard U.S., World Against Future Epidemics
The Lancet: Closing the NIH Fogarty Center threatens U.S. and global health
Salim S. Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and pro vice-chancellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and colleagues
“The budget set out by the Trump administration for the 2018 fiscal year proposes cutting … [funding for] the John E. Fogarty International Center … Despite its modest size, the Fogarty Center has become a crucial contributor to health research worldwide over the past 50 years by funding the training of over 6,000 scientists in developing countries, including many of the world’s leading scientists in infectious disease research. The advancement of scientific expertise in developing countries is essential to ensure sufficient local capacity to detect and rapidly respond to epidemics at their point of origin. This local expertise will allow outbreaks to be quickly contained and their effects minimized, thereby directly protecting the health and safety of people in the USA and worldwide. … As a major beneficiary of global health initiatives, the USA should therefore value and expand the work of the Fogarty Center. This center is a major contributor to global health, both domestically and internationally, and to safeguarding the USA and the world against future epidemics” (7/29).