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Global Health Leadership Must Embrace Science For Informed Decision Making

The Lancet: Offline: Why science should matter more to global health
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet

“…[M]y experience in working with the [independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (iERG)] has been that science deserves far greater attention as a tool for global health decision making. Surprisingly, many global health leaders turn away from science and feel uncomfortable among scientists. Partly, this aversion is because leaders of health-related agencies often have little-or-no scientific background themselves. Alienation from the language and practice of science may, understandably, lead to anxiety, skepticism, and rejection of science itself. Good global health leadership demands a suite of political skills whose acquisition may be entirely antipathetic to science. But global health needs to learn to love science — and scientists…” (9/26).

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