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IN the past several weeks, we have received 2 important reminders of the growing significance of international health initiatives by academic health centers (AHCs) and our colleagues. A letter, dated May 29, 1997, from the Association of Academic Health Centers reported the results of a survey regarding the efforts of AHCs in international health. Of 71 respondents, 68 (96%) indicated that their AHC was currently involved in significant international activities. Activities reported ranged across the spectrum of AHC missions, including basic science; clinical and health services research; the training of students and graduates in medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, health administration, pharmacy, and medical technology; the provision of services in public health and personal health care; as well as clinic and hospital planning and systems management.
Globally, the largest number of programmatic efforts were from Eastern (48) and Western (31) Europe together, followed by China (33) and the rest of
Johns ME, Woodruff RW. Global Visions for Global Health. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(9):907. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900090015002