Lawrence Gostin

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Arecent projection of the West Africa Ebola outbreak is that it now may take 12 to 18 months to control and will infect 100,000 people. President Obama announced the deployment of 3,000 military troops, more than a hundred Centers for Disease Control and Prevention personnel and millions of dollars to help stem the tide.

How did the outbreak get so out of control?

The answer is partly rooted in where Ebola struck. Health systems in the post-conflict states where it hit first and hardest were already in tatters. And the crisis has been exacerbated by a woeful shortage of healthcare workers worldwide: The World Health Organization estimates the shortage at 4 million workers, with the burden hitting Africa disproportionately.…  Seguir leyendo »

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are responsible for containing swine flu — a critical job that could affect tens of thousands of people in the United States and perhaps millions worldwide. But the public health agencies that are suddenly so much in the public eye lack key powers and resources. In fact, successive U.S. administrations have marginalized both, essentially rendering them less effective in times such as these.

The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) a few years ago helped to prepare the world for today’s pandemic threat because it galvanized the revision of the badly antiquated International Health Regulations in 2005.…  Seguir leyendo »