Learning from Ebola and the Future U.S. Role in Global Health: A Symposium
The 2014 Ebola epidemic in western Africa was the longest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, resulting in 28,616 cases and 11,310 deaths – affecting patients and causing panic in countries across the globe, including the United States. In the midst of the rapidly spreading, highly dangerous contagious disease—with no Ebola-specific vaccines or therapeutics available to help curb the epidemic—the international community implemented clinical trials on investigational agents, not yet studied in humans for safety or efficacy. Even on the U.S. side of the Atlantic, American patients who became infected were returned to the United States for care, but clinical guidelines were dynamic and had to be updated as new information emerged. Research to inform medical and public health practice was critically needed. Infectious disease outbreaks such as this one clearly show that the health and well-being of other countries both directly and indirectly affect the health, safety, and economic security of Americans. Though the United States has long been a leader in global health, when faced with competing priorities, the case for continued commitment must be made. To address this critical inter-dependency among countries and protect U.S. citizens, improve U.S. diplomacy, and demonstrate moral leadership, recent National Academies’ consensus study reports recommend continued investment in global health.
The National Academies of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health/Emory University, and the Association of Schools and Programs for Public Health, are hosting a global health symposium to discuss recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports and experiences in the Atlanta region during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Following presentations, a panel of global health experts will discuss the current state of U.S. investments in global health and implications for the future.
For more details on the report on Global Health and the Future of the United States, visit here.
For more details on the report on Integrating Clinical Trials into Epidemic Response
, visit here
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