Why donâ€™t government officials respond to global health emergencies the same way that they respond to national security crises? This is the question Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) raised last week. She was speaking at the public launch of a new report by the Brenthurst Foundation on international societyâ€™s failure to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in a timely mannerâ€”but much of the conversation focused on the current response to Zika. If military officials said they needed $1.9 billion to prevent a global crisis, she argued, Congress would not hesitate to approve the money. Unfortunately, health emergencies donâ€™t receive the same level of attention. â€œWhy arenâ€™t we listening to the generals of public health?â€ she asked. Instead of making the long-term investments to strengthen health systems and improve detection and treatment capabilities, DeLauro noted, we lurch from one crisis to another.
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|Publication status||Published - 2016|