American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – January 2017; 96 (1)

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
January 2017; 96 (1)

Evidence-Based Policies on Migration and Global Health are Essential to Maintain the Health of Those Inside and Outside the United States
Philip J. Rosenthal, Daniel G. Bausch, Stephen Higgs, N. Regina Rabinovich, David R. Hill, Christopher V. Plowe, Karen A. Goraleski, and Patricia F. Walker
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2017 96:5-6; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.961ed

…In addition to maintaining a humane and evidence-based U.S. policy on migration, we must continue to engage and invest in programs that improve the health of vulnerable populations worldwide. Reaching out to enhance the well-being of those whose lives has been torn apart by war and oppression should be a fundamental and perhaps defining American principle. Programs for populations in need around the world should not be considered antiquated historical notions or reflective of an outmoded inscription on the Statue of Liberty. Indeed, U.S. government leaders from both sides of the political aisle have championed programs aimed at global health, including the creation of the Peace Corps by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and President’s Malaria Initiative by President George W. Bush in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Additional efforts have been shared with other developed countries, notably the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. These well-managed programs have offered enormous benefits to the citizens of the developing world, but they have also directly benefitted the United States, by helping to control some of the most important infectious diseases that threaten all of us, by building diplomatic bridges of good will with populations around the world, and by exemplifying the best of American values of kindness and compassion…