U.S. Investments In Strengthening Developing Countries’ Health Systems Vital To Global Health Security

TIME: Why America Could Become Vulnerable to the Next Major Pandemic
Liz Schrayer, president and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

“Infectious diseases know no borders. In this age of global hyper-connectedness, a disease outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere. … The U.S. government is now perilously close to gutting smart and essential initiatives aimed at keeping disease outbreaks from spreading across the globe. The Centers for Disease Control told employees in January that, in anticipation of budget cuts…, it will shutter much of its work helping mostly low-income, developing countries to strengthen their capacity to rapidly detect, prevent, and control infectious disease outbreaks before they spread. … Prevention and early investments can make all the difference in saving lives both abroad and on our shores. … America’s investments to strengthen health systems in fragile states worldwide are far more than a humanitarian expression. Together, our development and diplomatic programs are an essential investment in our own national, economic, and health security — and doing so requires planning, preparation, and resources. Without it, we expose our citizens to grave risks…” (2/27).

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