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The Third Conference on International Health held in Chicago recently emphasized the great need of coordination of American efforts in international health. Three important groups appeared as the most active in international health, namely: the US government through its Agency for International Development, national and international organizations such as WHO and its subunits, and the voluntary agencies. AID medical activities are well centralized and controlled. One could wish for closer cooperation with the private sector. WHO, especially its Pan American Health Bureau, has clearly defined goals, well developed methods, and a strongly centralized executive policy. Of the national medical organizations, the American Medical Association, organizer of this conference, would be the one to coordinate American efforts in international health.
The work done and the money spent by the American voluntary agencies in international health are tremendous. Their good will and sacrifice represent the best ambassadorship abroad and will enhance the
SOME AFTERTHOUGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL HEALTH. JAMA. 1967;199(11):843. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110115024