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Health Agencies Update
September 19, 2001

Global Health Web Site

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001American Medical Association

JAMA. 2001;286(11):1306. doi:10.1001/jama.286.11.1306-JHA10009-4-1

When it comes to health, the countries of the world are interdependent. Mad cow disease, West Nile virus, and ebola virus originated in distant corners of the globe but went on to have an impact—even if subtle—on the United States. The disease burden of developing countries decreases productivity and lowers their economic potential. As a rich country the United States is obliged to share knowledge and resources.

That's the message of a new Web site from the Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.globalhealth.gov. By collecting documents and links from all of the government's far-flung global health initiatives, the site captures a trend among policy makers. No longer is it enough to think about international health—which by definition slices the world into countries—but instead the world's health problems and solutions must be viewed as universal. With some 2 million people traveling internationally each day, and with countless tons of food and other potentially disease-carrying goods criss-crossing the oceans and airways, these policy makers deliver a compelling argument.

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