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.
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.
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.
Laurie Garrett writes that global health should not be a matter of endless charity, political whim, profiteering or philanthropic trendiness. Health is a right.
Read the full article in Columbia SIPA's Journal of International Affairs. Published March 2017.
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.
Reports on the response to Ebola broadly agree on what needs to be done to deal with disease outbreaks. But Laurie Garrett and colleagues find that the world is not yet prepared for future outbreaks.
Read the full article in the BMJ. Published January 2016.
Foreign Policy asked its columnists, including Laurie Garrett, to pose the question they’d want to put to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — and why it’s so important that America’s next president have the answer.
Read the full list on Foreign Policy. Published October 2016.
Laurie Garrett writes a glowing review of Dr. Ali Khan's newest book, The Next Pandemic, in which he recalls his vast experiences in the field during some of the worst epidemics in recent history.
Read the full review on Foreign Policy. Published June 2016.
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.