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Date: Dec. 15, 2008
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GLOBAL HEALTH SHOULD BE KEY COMPONENT OF
"The financial commitment that we are asking from the new administration and Congress is not trivial, but neither are the potential benefits from such a commitment," said Harold Varmus, president and chief executive officer of
A key aspect of
To ensure balanced and strategic U.S. global health efforts, the report recommends creation of a White House Interagency Committee on Global Health -- composed of heads of major federal departments and agencies involved in global health -- and designation of a senior White House official at the level of deputy assistant to the president to chair the Interagency Committee. The deputy assistant should serve as the primary White House adviser on setting
"An authentic, committed investment in the future of those around the world -- especially the poor -- is an investment in our own future," said Ambassador Thomas Pickering, vice chairman of Hills and Co., International Consultants, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan, U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations, and co-chair of the committee that wrote the report. "The incoming administration has the opportunity to demonstrate clearly that the
Public support for global health initiatives has increased as philanthropists, students, scientists, private industry leaders, and citizens commit time and resources to respond to worldwide health challenges. Despite recent increases in global health funding, however, the
According to the report, the
This report will be followed by a second report in the spring of 2009, which will contain more detailed recommendations on what government, foundations, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the commercial sector can do to further the
This study was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Google.org; Merck Company Foundation; Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of International Affairs and Global Health Security, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs; U.S. National Institutes of Health; and the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the
Copies of THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL HEALTH: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION are available from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or on the Internet at HTTP://WWW.NAP.EDU. Reporters may obtain a copy from the Office of News and Public Information (contacts listed above).
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Board on Global Health
COMMITTEE ON THE
THOMAS R. PICKERING, M.A.L.D. (CO-CHAIR)
Hills & Co.
HAROLD E. VARMUS, M.D. (CO-CHAIR)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Former U.S. Senator
PAULO BUSS, M.D.
Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz
HAILE T. DEBAS, M.D.
Global Health Sciences, and
Chancellor and Dean Emeritus
University of California
MOHAMED T. EL-ASHRY, PH.D.
United Nations Foundation
MARIA FREIRE, PH.D.
Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
New York City
HELENE D. GAYLE, M.D., M.P.H.
President and Chief Executive Officer
MARGARET A. HAMBURG, M.D.
Nuclear Threat Initiative
J. BRYAN HEHIR, TH.D.
Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
PRABHAT JHA, M.D., D.PHIL.
Canada Research Chair of Health and Development
University of Toronto; and
Centre for Global Health Research
St. Michael's Hospital
RODERICK K. KING, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Disparities Solutions Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
JEFFREY P. KOPLAN, M.D., M.P.H.
Academic Health Affairs
RUTH LEVINE, PH.D.
Vice President for Programs and Operations and Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development
AFAF I. MELEIS, PH.D., R.N., FAAN
Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
NELSON SEWANKAMBO, M.D., M.SC., MBCHB, MMED, FRCP
Faculty of Medicine
BENNETT SHAPIRO, M.D.
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative-North
MARC VAN AMERINGEN