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Op-ed: Fogarty International Center essential to fight global disease

When President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint earlier this month, he included an 18 percent (or $5.8 billion) reduction in funding for the National Institutes of Health, as well as “a major reorganization of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities.” He also called for the elimination of the Fogarty International Center, a move that is of great concern to the global health community.

In a recent USA Today op-ed, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health director Michele Barry, MD, calls the Fogarty center “one of the most effective tools we have to fight global diseases." Writing with Derek Yach, the piece characterizes the major returns on investment the U.S. has received from Fogarty and what its elimination could mean for the American people, and populations around the world.

Special delivery: Letters of support to Syrian refugees

In the video below, Raneem, a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, is shown reading aloud a letter of support from Laila Soudi, a global mental health research assistant at Stanford Medicine. The exchange is part of a campaign Soudi is spearheading to encourage members of the Stanford community to write to Syrian refugees who have fled their country’s violence. She is partnering with CARE International, a humanitarian nonprofit, which produced the video and will deliver the letters to refugees living in camps and in urban centers in Jordan.

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The last few months have kept many of us busy writing letters, editorials and making calls advocating for science without borders and evidence-based policymaking. >>

 

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