Global Health

Public health officials and practitioners from around Africa and from international public and private organizations, businesses, and universities, met in Accra, Ghana June 9-11 to consider ways to scale-up the coverage of high-quality community health worker (CHW) systems in our countries to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). In the meeting they pledged to work together [...]

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America is the land of breakthrough science — and health care scams. The two seem to go hand in hand in the case of the new hepatitis C virus (HCV) cure named sofosbuvir, sold under the brand name Solvadi by the drug company Gilead Sciences. There is no question that Solvadi is a godsend — [...]

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October 21st, 2014

We don’t need an Ebola czar

There is no case for an American Ebola czar, least of all another political “fixer” who has no expertise in public health. This is just another case of the Obama administration putting politics before substance, and cowering at the idiocy and vileness of the Republicans in Congress. We already have an enormously competent national Ebola [...]

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We shouldn’t require a horrific epidemic like Ebola to remind us why we observe Global Handwashing Day today. But it seems, alas, many in the world can use a reminder about the importance of good hygiene. Though proper hygiene – including the use of soap and water to stop the transmission of infections – has [...]

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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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