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January 17, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

January 7, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

July 27, 2011

Ten Whats With...Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett. Courtesy of Laurie Garrett. Laurie Garrett is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Ms. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been aw…

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May 25, 2017

World Health Organization (WHO)
A Change of Guard at the WHO

With the United States likely to pull back on global health funding, the World Health Organization, under its new director-general, will need to undertake serious structural and administrative change…

WHO Director-General-Elect Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

July 27, 2012

Health
New from CFR: Laurie Garrett on the International AIDS Conference

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett offers her perspective on this week’s International AIDS Conference and the fight against AIDS in a CFR.org interview and on her blog. She analyzes the state of effor…

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July 13, 2012

Health
New from CFR: Laurie Garrett on U.S. Global Health Arrangements

In a recent post on her blog, Laurie Garrett, CFR senior fellow for global health, discussed historical and ongoing changes in the U.S. government’s global health bureaucracy, focusing on the impendi…

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February 17, 2017

China
A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China

A surge in deaths in China from a virulent form of influenza has set off a scramble among health officials to find infected bird stocks, while experts have yet to produce a viable vaccine, writes CFR…

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018.

April 5, 2011

Japan
Garrett: U.S. Undermining of Japanese Government "Inexcusable"

Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett criticizes NRC chair for sowing panic when he said Japan is understating health risks.

April 13, 2016

Global
CRISPR: Transformative and Troubling

A new genetic technology has the potential to cure diseases and boost plant, insect, and human lives, but it also poses profound ethical questions.