Friday, August 19, 2011

AMAZING collaboration between military, USAID, and not-for-profit

Wow! I recently heard a speech by Dr. William H. Foege, a world renowned epidemiologist who was key to the campaign that basically has eradicated smallpox (of course, with the exception of in Afghanistan and a few other war-torn areas), among other incredibly notable achievements. In his speech, Dr. Foege claimed that there would be an anti-malarial vaccine produced within the next 2-3 years, which is astonishing news from a very credible source.

This morning's news brings the announcement that the military, USAID and a not-for-profit called IDRI are collaborating to produce an anti-malarial vaccine. It's an incredible story, and if the effort is successful, the world will be changed. Here's the press release URL:

I'm (slowly) writing a piece about the military's role in global health, and this kind of activity illustrates the real contributions that the U.S. government, writ large, can make. I hope it is successful!

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