Mount Sinai Heart Director Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Provides Recommendations for Promoting Global Cardiovascular Health
Co-Chair of Consensus Committee Advising Trump Administration on Global Health Outlines How the United States Can Bolster Its Global Health Efforts
Increased detection and treatment of early hypertension and cervical cancer, and immunization for vaccine-preventable infections, such as the human papilloma virus and hepatitis B, that can lead to cancer, are among the recommendations of the Committee on Global Health and the Future of the United States.
The committee, whose co-chair is Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, is affiliated with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It was formed to identify global health priorities in light of current and emerging global health threats and challenges, including the rapid spread of infectious disease outbreaks and growing prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases, like heart attacks and strokes, which have negatively affected global health and economies.
The recommendations will be included in an editorial that will be published online September 28, 2017, in The New England Journal of Medicine.
“Human capital contributes substantially to economic growth, and it follows that having a healthy population is critical for economic prosperity,” said Dr. Fuster. “As more people survive infectious diseases and age into adulthood, many develop cardiovascular diseases and cancer—conditions that global health programs are not devoting adequate attention to.”
Dr. Fuster’s committee recommends that government and non-governmental organizations address these priorities through policy changes and community-based programs that are integrated into existing health services. For example, the committee recommends that agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development, the Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should provide seed funding at the country level to facilitate mobilization and involvement of the private sector in addressing these issues.
“The United States cannot ignore the reality that the health and well-being of other countries affects the health, safety and economic security of Americans,” said Dr. Fuster. “The committee believes that implementing evidence-based interventions and taking a more proactive and systematic approach to global health priorities will make the U.S. government’s efforts in global health more effective and efficient.”
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