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When Big Men ruled global health: a cautionary tale

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Excerpt: There was a time in world health efforts when Big Men (yes, all men, European and North American) had Big Ideas, backed by money and power. They had offices in places like the World Bank, UNICEF, and the Rockefeller Foundation. And they made scientific and programmatic decisions, financing and executing schemes that affected the survival and lives of hundreds of millions of people. When their decisions were sagacious and well executed the results could be breathtaking. Millions of children might in a single year be spared death from measles, for example, thanks to a targeted immunisation campaign.

Read the full article in the Lancet. Published May 2017. 

A Change of Guard at the WHO

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett writes that with the United States likely to pull back on global health funding, the World Health Organization, under its new director-general, will need to undertake serious structural and administrative changes.

Read the full expert brief on CFR.org. Published May 2017. 

Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Are Here

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett and Ramanan Laxmanirayan, director and senior fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy argue that antibiotic resistance remains a backburner issue despite lip service from politicians. 

Read the entire expert brief on CFR.org. Published April 2017. 

A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

A surge in deaths in China from a virulent form of influenza has set off a scramble among health officials to find infected bird stocks, while experts have yet to produce a viable vaccine, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.

Read the full Expert Brief on CFR.org. Published February 2017. 

The Zika Threat Moves North

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett and Larry Brilliant's expert brief for CFR.org the unique public health threat that Zika poses for the United States and other countries. 

Read the full expert brief on CFR.org. Published August 2016. 

WHO’s Fairy Dust Financing

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett writes that the organization responsible for international public health is increasing its budget by millions of dollars — but its plan for coming up with the cash to help battle epidemics like Zika isn’t grounded in reality.

Read the full article on ForeignPolicy.com. Published May 2016.