Global Health

October 8th, 2014

Controlling Ebola: next steps

The Ebola epidemic is paradoxical: it is out of control yet readily controllable. The key to epidemic control is rapid diagnosis, isolation, and treatment of infected individuals. This approach was used in past Ebola outbreaks through contact tracing, in which anyone exposed to a person with Ebola was monitored, tested if they developed symptoms, and, [...]

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October 6th, 2014

Morning Joe on Ebola Crisis

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August 11th, 2014

Responding to Ebola

NEW YORK – The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for re-thinking some basic assumptions of global public health. We live in an age of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that can [...]

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May 27, 2014 Finally! A bit late perhaps from my mother’s point of view, but now she has a child with a medical degree. I’m profoundly grateful to Baylor College of Medicine for that. In truth, my mother has had it much better all along. As she likes to say, she has every mother’s dream: [...]

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Speech Presented at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences December 5, 2013 It is a wonderful joy and great honor for me to be in the renowned Pontifical Academy of Social Science to discuss the crucially important topic of social inclusion. Pope Francis’ recent exhortation to the world, Evangelii Gaudium, energizes us to overcome exclusion, [...]

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Over the long course of human history, no infectious disease killed more people than malaria. Called the “mother of fevers” by the ancient Chinese, malaria has plagued us since we evolved from apes and it once affected the better part of the globe. By the turn of the twentieth century, thanks to a combination of [...]

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MAPUTO – One of the greatest successes in development aid in the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives and helped countries around the world beat back three epidemic diseases. Now it is appealing to the world’s governments and the private [...]

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Actress and Global Citizen Festival Host, Olivia Wilde, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs ask Global Citizens to call on Telecommunications and Pharmaceutical companies to bring one million Community Health Workers to Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000, the world has made tremendous gains in reducing new HIV infections and helping people with HIV to live longer and healthier lives. For a long time, efforts to ensure that a pregnant woman living with HIV would not pass the virus to her child — [...]

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Children are every country’s most vital resource. This is true not just morally, but also economically. Investing in the health, education, and skills of children offers the highest economic returns to a country. A new study by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows which high-income countries are doing well when it comes to making these [...]

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