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October 24 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Fri Oct 24 2014, 09:57:58

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taught us many lessons, among them that weak health services anywhere are a potential threat to everyone everywhere. While even the most advanced countries have been challenged by the virus, the fact that the outbreak is occurring in some of the frailest health systems in the world led to the enormous size, scope, and death rate associated with the crisis.

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October 21 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Tue Oct 21 2014, 12:56:33

Most remarkable, within a month the controversy surrounding the threat of Ebola to Americans had mushroomed into a political emergency for the Obama presidency itself, only a few tense weeks before the November 4 elections. Calls escalated for the appointment of an Ebola czar and a travel ban on persons originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the root sources of the Ebola emergency. A special measure of criticism was reserved for the Obama administration's lead face in the U.S. response, Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the words of one observer, this week became full of "recriminations, political showboating... and panicked overreactions."

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October 8 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Wed Oct 8 2014, 15:23:39

For several days, news helicopters have flown in great arcs around the East Dallas neighborhood known as Vickery Meadow, which includes the hospital complex as well as a dense, highly diverse neighborhood of Mexican and Central American immigrants, resettled refugees from Southeast Asia and West Africa, and others. The Ebola patient, identified as Liberian national, Thomas Eric Duncan, had reportedly been staying at the Ivy Apartments located there. Just this past September, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded one of its prestigious "genius grants" to Texas artist Rick Lowe, who has overseen high-profile projects to install art galleries and public art in Dallas's "Own United Nations," as Vickery Meadow has been called. If that news hadn't already catapulted the ...

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September 4 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Thu Sep 4 2014, 15:50:59

Ebola has overwhelmed the containment and treatment measures attempted thus far, and is seriously threatening nearby and neighboring states. Research and development of treatments and vaccines has accelerated, but the speed with which the Ebola virus is mutating has complicated the quest to identify new tools quickly.

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From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Thu Sep 4 2014, 15:50:03

Ebola has overwhelmed the containment and treatment measures attempted thus far, and is seriously threatening nearby and neighboring states. Research and development of treatments and vaccines has accelerated, but the speed with which the Ebola virus is mutating has complicated the quest to identify new tools quickly.

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September 3 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Wed Sep 3 2014, 11:10:43

The myriad of challenges contributing to the persisting spread of Ebola in West Africa - the biggest Ebola outbreak since the viral haemorrhagic fever was discovered in 1976 - echo some of the biggest obstacles which continue to challenge the global efforts to eradicate polio.

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August 29 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Fri Aug 29 2014, 23:30:31

Health is a foundational component to overall wellbeing, with economic development and education outcomes closely linked to health results. Yet the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, released in April, shows that large global disparities remain in both mental and physical health situations among youth.

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August 19 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Tue Aug 19 2014, 09:15:14

A study published in the July 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has made it increasingly clear that the world faces the looming threat of losing one of its most important tools in the global fight against malaria.

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August 14 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Thu Aug 14 2014, 11:34:26

The International AIDS 2014 Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-25, left very mixed impressions. The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 cast a shadow over the event, and profoundly shaped the atmosphere and discourse.

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July 21 2014

From Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Mon Jul 21 2014, 12:39:29

On behalf of the Global Health Policy Center, I extend my sincere condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Joep Lange, Jacqueline van Tongeren, and the others who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines flight 17 as they traveled to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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