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Date:10/22/2007

The report does not include an estimate of the cost of eliminating such risks, however. "That would take another complete study," Ezzati said. This study does advocate getting better results from any money being spent now through improved cooperation and coordination.

"There already is some work being done, one piece at a time," Ezzati said. "What we argue is that packaging it better and aiming it at the poor will improve results."

In a statement, NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, said, "The scope and diversity of these critical research projects illustrate the complexity of today's major global health challenges that require multidisciplinary approaches."

Other, related reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and leading journals include:

  • A study showing that successful programs for treating HIV/AIDS generate a continuing need for more personnel and resources.
  • A program to deliver information on health and social services to people living in rural India.
  • A study showing a good outcome for HIV-infected African children who get adequate pediatric care -- if intervention starts early.
  • Outreach efforts to include surgery in the care offered by primary physicians in Zimbabwe and rural China.
  • Successful training of Chinese family doctors to perform cataract surgery.

More information

Presentations on the papers will be Webcast live on Monday and archived by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.



SOURCES: Majid Ezzati, M.D., associate professor, international health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Oct. 24/31, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association


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