The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to cut back activities associated with the “global health security agenda,” a network of technical assistance efforts launched after the Ebola virus outbreak aimed at preparing countries around the world to better detect and respond to emerging pandemics. The roughly $500 million originally allocated for this effort only runs through fiscal year 2019, and in anticipation that it may not be replenished — or funded through the CDC’s core budget — the U.S. health agency is already planning to wind down many of its country activities, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Without additional funding, the CDC will focus its global health security efforts in 10 priority countries — India, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Jordan and Guatemala, according to an email obtained by the journal. Former CDC director Tom Frieden, who now leads Resolve to Save Lives, criticized the failure to fund the effort. “Not only would this set back scientific, technical, and diplomatic relationships that have taken years to develop, it would significantly increase the chance an epidemic will spread without our knowledge and endanger lives in our country and around the world,” he wrote to Devex.
Read the full article about global health security’s ticking clock by Michael Igoe at Devex International Development.
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