Global Health

Global Development

The rapid global movement of people, animals, and goods increases the risks that a local public health crisis could escalate into a worldwide catastrophe. Stimson experts examine the costs of strengthening health systems in developing nations and the consequences of failing to do so.


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Current Research

September 19, 2016 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

By Brian Finlay and Cameron Trainer:  READ MORE

May 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

By September 2014, a full nine months after the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges of assistance sat stranded in warehouses around the globe pending shipment to the region or transfer to the field. READ MORE

March 16, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

There is progress being made in the countries most severely impacted by Ebola. Liberia released its last confirmed Ebola patient during the first week of March and has not reported any new cases since the beginning of the month.  READ MORE

December 23, 2014

On December 19th, on his first tour of the Ebola-hit West African countries, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the ongoing U.N. mission to counter the spread of Ebola should be a short-term one. Earlier, on December 1st, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Liberia and Guinea — two out of three Ebola-stricken countries — met their targets for safe burials of Ebola victims. READ MORE

July 31, 2014 | EXPERT: Allen Moore ,

The worst Ebola outbreak in history continues to rage in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, painfully reminding the global community that deadly diseases are not constrained by political boundaries and can spread virtually anywhere. These countries, in particular, because of their relatively low rates of HIV, have not received the support that other African nations have received over the years – hefty investments in public health infrastructure through trained workers, clinics, laboratories, medicines, and education. READ MORE

June 10, 2013 | EXTERNAL: Robert Fathke

The rapid replacement of traditional food animal production schemes with industrialized systems throughout much of the developing world has serious implications for global health. READ MORE

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Julie E. Fischer

Dying crows fall broken to New York City streets; flamingos succumb at the Bronx Zoo; dozens of feverish patients with severe neurological symptoms stagger into hospitals in Queens. READ MORE

June 10, 2013 |

The attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit once again thrust airport security into the headlines. READ MORE

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Allen Moore

President Obama thrilled the global health community during his campaign—he pledged to double foreign aid by 2012, including $50 billion over five years to fight HIV/AIDS. READ MORE

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Julie E. Fischer

As the US government redefines its global health engagement strategies, policy makers increasingly embrace the need to help partner nations strengthen health systems and build public health surveillance and response capabilities. READ MORE

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Sarah Kornblet

On September 19th, the United Nations General Assembly convened global leaders to confront an emerging health issue with major socioeconomic implications for only the second time in history. READ MORE

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Julie E. Fischer

We need a coherent global health strategy that looks beyond each crisis to the bigger picture. The 2003 SARS outbreak, when a new and virulent pneumonia spread by international travelers killed hundreds and wreaked havoc on Asian economic growth, illustrated the vulnerability of even developed nations to emerging infections. READ MORE

June 21, 2012 | EXPERT: Julie E. Fischer , EXTERNAL: Rebecca Katz , EXPERT: Sarah Kornblet

The revised International Health Regulations (IHR [2005]) conferred new responsibilities on member states of the World Health Organization, requiring them to develop core capacities to detect, assess, report, and respond to public health emergencies. READ MORE

May 1, 2012

  AFRICA'S QUEST: Bridging the security/development divide in an era of economic opportunity and mounting security challenges     An event featuring   READ MORE

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