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Global Health Policies, Resources Should Better Account For Disease Burden, Not Only Focus On ‘Short-Term, Dramatic Priorities’

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Karen R. Siegel of the CDC and colleagues write about differences in the international response and media attention to disease outbreaks compared with more chronic and widespread diseases, such as diabetes. “…The global policy lens remains biased towards short-term, dramatic priorities. However, there is a crucial need to take steps to make global health resources and attention more proportionate to current and future disease burdens. The extraordinary response to H1N1 in 2009, and to Ebola in 2014, show what governments and global collaboration can do when faced with a serious health threat…” (5/7).