Listen to Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and author of the recent Foreign Affairs article, "Unprepared for a Pandemic", discuss the current threat of the pandemic flu as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call Series.
This report from the United States Institute of Peace and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) Task Force on Public Health and Conflict details the results of a symposium on the implications of the North Korean famine of the mid-1990s.
A discussion of Garrett’s newest Foreign Affairs article:
A flood of public and private money has started to flow to the developing world, funding a vast array of efforts to combat AIDS, TB, malaria, and other killer diseases. Unfortunately, writes Garrett, much of that “is leaking away without result,” doing little to improve basic public health on the ground.
Trumping all previous estimates, one German climatologist believes global sea levels could rise as much as 140 centimeters by the end of the century. That could mean catastrophic hurricanes and floods. But other experts discount the significance of the new model.
Laurie Garrett, CFR senior fellow for global health, says the world is in a better position to handle a potential avian flu pandemic than it was two years ago. But she warns that we still don't have "a toolkit that can stop this virus from circulating" if it evolves to allow easy human-to-human transmission.
AMR Research conducted a survey of multinational corporations to assess their readiness for a pandemic. Of the 207 companies surveyed, 43% have policies in place to analyze risk in the event of a pandemic, while another 49% have policies under evaluation.
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