New England Journal of Medicine
September 28, 2017 Vol. 377 No. 13
Investing in Global Health for Our Future
Victor Dzau, M.D., Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Jendayi Frazer, Ph.D., and Megan Snair, M.P.H.
N Engl J Med 2017; 377:1292-1296 September 28, 2017 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1707974
With connectedness among countries increasing, the United States exists in a highly interdependent world. All countries are now vulnerable to the ever-present threats of infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics, as well as the continuous challenges of malaria, tuberculosis, and human immunodeficiency virus–acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV–AIDS). Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has negatively affected global health and economies, compromising societal gains in life expectancy, productivity, and overall quality of life.1 In addition to resulting in the loss of lives, these disease burdens can stall the progress of a country’s development and significantly affect its ability to become a strong trading partner or a business or travel destination. Human capital clearly contributes substantially to economic growth, and it follows that having a healthy population is critical for economic prosperity. For all these reasons, the health of other countries has a great influence on the health, security, economy, and well-being of the United States. At the same time, interdependency brings opportunities for shared innovation and universal purpose in response to similar disease burdens across countries…