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Medical News & Perspectives
September 12, 2001

Relate Global Health to Policy, Says Report

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JAMA. 2001;286(10):1164-1165. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1164-JMN0912-2-1

Rogue states running suicide missions against US military facilities overseas are a threat to American security, but what about a little girl in Kenya with AIDS? A growing consensus says that child is also a threat.

A report issued earlier this year by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Milbank Memorial Fund argues that unless worldwide health is considered a priority for US foreign policy, rising tensions generated by disparities in well-being will put pressure on national security, economics, and the promotion of democracy in developing countries and those in transition, such as Russia.