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As more countries rise out of poverty, CGD’s work in this area focuses on the inequities and emerging problems that jeopardize global health progress.
As more countries rise out of poverty, CGD is focusing on the inequities and emerging problems that jeopardize global health progress: How should governments allocate scarce health budgets rationally and equitably? How can the world advance global health security and fight infectious diseases? What can be done to address treatment inequalities between developed and developing countries? What are the benefits of, mechanisms for, and threats to, greater family planning provision? CGD research helps policymakers build sustainable health systems, respond to shifting realities, and deliver value for money.
The Economist has the right angle on the recent bird flu scare in the UK. Yes, they say, go ahead and worry if it motivates the right sort of action to mitigate the hard-to-imagine impact of an avian influenza pandemic. But that action should include larger financing commitments, and start with intensive efforts in countries where the problem is real and immediate. As they write:Even today's small sums are paid out in the wrong place. Diseases emerge in Africa and Asia, where people mingle with animals day in, day out. That is where the monitoring and the research needs to go on. Cross-border co-operation is never easy, but if rich-world governments want to protect their citizens, the place to start is in a foreign field.