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Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will lead off with remarks on U.S. and international drug policies, drawing from his participation in the recent meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), held on March 13-14 in Vienna, Austria. As the premier drug control policy making body within the UN system, the CND addressed countering illicit drugs and the power of criminal cartels, strengthening public health approaches, and recent legal changes and the challenges of judicial coordination. The CND is also one of several bodies contributing to debates in the lead-up to the 2016 UN Special Session on Drugs. Following Ambassador Brownfield’s address, there will be a roundtable conversation, moderated by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, that will feature Ambassador Brownfield, Kevin Sabet, former Senior Advisor to Director Kerlikowske at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and currently Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Michel Kazaktchine and Ruth Dreifuss, two members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched in 2011 by 22 international leaders with a special focus on harm reduction and related public health approaches. Michel Kazatchkine is also the former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and currently the UNSG’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Ruth Dreifuss is the former Minister of Health and President of the Swiss Confederation.
Economic Impacts of Ebola In deliberating the immediate and long-term fiscal implications of this unprecedented outbreak, the conversation centered around three major themes: already observed impacts, the need for immediate containment, and support for governments throughout the response and recovery processes.
Ebola Fear and Stigma – Part 2 The evolutionary explanation for fear, the link between it and survival, is a clear one, and as early humans adapted, their graphic, easily pictured fears were often large, in sight, and growling.
Ebola Fear and Stigma – Part 1 Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made a similar point at the Washington Ideas Forum at the end of October: “I think what we’re seeing,” he said, “is a catastrophic health crisis in West Africa and an epidemic of fear here.”
Reflections on the U.S. - India Standoff on Generics Last September, newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an enthusiastic, packed house inside Madison Square Garden while a crowd outside protested his role in the 2002 violence against Muslims in his home state of Gujarat. The latter were not the only critics he faced while in the United States. He also met with multinational CEOs unhappy with India’s commercial regulatory en
US Ebola Response: Strategies for Women and Girls Many of us remember the HIV/AIDS prevention mantra “ABC” – abstinence, be faithful, use condoms – but I recently heard a new “ABC” message emanating from the Ebola crisis: Avoid Body Contact, a chilling message for the epidemic ravaging West Africa.
Thomas Frieden And The U.S. Ebola Response That threat widened rapidly over the course of this past week. Dozens of health workers in Dallas remain under some form of quarantine or very close monitoring. Contact tracing revealed 300 persons who had possibly come in contact with Vinson during her Columbus Day weekend travel from Dallas to Cleveland and back. Schools were subsequently shuttered in Ohio and Texas.