Lancet Editor-In-Chief Reflects On Fogarty International Center’s Contribution To Global Health On 50th Anniversary
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Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet
“If President Trump had had his way, the Fogarty International Center would now be a footnote in history. Targeted for elimination in 2017, the Trump administration viewed the Fogarty mission — to support and facilitate global health research — as contrary to the spirit of America First. Yet last week, the Fogarty Center celebrated its 50th birthday in a stronger and more stable position than at any time in its short existence. … It is no exaggeration to say that the foundations of modern global health have been built on the response to the international threat of the AIDS pandemic. … But beyond disease-specific programs, Fogarty’s unique contribution lies in nothing less than nation building. … [John Edward Fogarty] had written that the Center should stand for ‘the visible and tangible embodiment of this nation’s devotion to the use of science for peaceful purposes and the good of mankind.’ His vision has been brilliantly realized. And, thanks to the impassioned support of a global community, the Center is now planning for a prosperous future. But one must ask: where are the Fogartys of today?” (5/12).