|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
For Advanced Study in the Health Sciences
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
|Contact: Jennifer Cabe|
"This project will assist developing-country leaders as they systematically examine their own country's health conditions, including endemic and epidemic diseases, and initiate well-reasoned, cost-effective actions to decrease the toll of those diseases," said Dean Jamison, Ph.D., DCPP senior editor.
In the past decade, conditions in many countries have changed; knowledge has been gained about effective healthcare interventions and strategies and about the role of households, communities, and health systems in improving health conditions. For example, mortality rates for children under age 5 continue to decline in most countries, but in some countries they are increasing due to the emergence of HIV/AIDS and the breakdown of the public health infrastructure. The global health picture has been transformed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and some regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, have also experienced an increase in tuberculosis and malaria. More is known today about the global disease burden brought about by tobacco, alcohol, psychiatric disorders, and injury, which account for an increasing proportion of deaths. In addition, recent advances in molecular genetics, immunology, informatics, and other areas of science and technology facilitate development of improved methods to prevent or reduce illness and disability. Yet health policies, both in developed and developing countries, are too often based on little data or evidence of questionable reliability, and lack careful analysis of the value to be derived from health investments.
The DCPP will take stock of lessons learned and the increasing knowledge base to develop recommendations applicable to current health conditions. It will also consider the potential for biomedical research to contribute to disease control and assess research allocations as part of national and international priority setting.
The DCPP secretariat will be located at FIC, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The DCPP will be guided by an international advisory committee, and day-to-day operation will be overseen by a board of editors consisting of the following members: Sir George Alleyne, M.D., Pan-American Health Organization; Joel G. Breman, M.D., D.T.P.H., FIC; Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., The World Bank; David Evans, Ph.D., WHO; Dean Jamison, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles; Prabhat Jha, M.D., D. Phil., University of Toronto; Anthony Measham, M.D., Dr. Ph., The World Bank (retired); and Anne Mills, Ph.D., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Oxford University Press will publish the second edition of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries.
About The World Bank Group
The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance. The Bank, which provided $17.3 billion in loans to its client countries in fiscal year 2001, is now working in more than 100 developing economies, bringing a mix of finance and ideas to improve living standards and eliminate the worst forms of poverty. For each of its clients, the Bank works with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to formulate assistance strategies.
About the World Health Organization
WHO is the United Nations specialized agency for health. Its objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community. Led by Bill Gates' father, William H. Gates, Sr., and Patty Stonesifer, the Seattle-based foundation has an endowment of approximately $24 billion.
About the Fogarty International Center
FIC is the international component of the NIH. It promotes and supports scientific discovery internationally and mobilizes resources to reduce disparities in global health. FIC will commemorate its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2003 with a year-long lecture series on global health issues and a scientific symposium on May 20-21, 2003. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On the Internet:
The World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org
World Health Organization, www.who.int
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, www.gatesfoundation.org
Fogarty International Center, www.nih.gov/fic