Gopal editorial on the value of global health research published in JAMA

In an essay published Oct. 10 in JAMA, Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, makes a powerful case for the importance of global health research.

Gopal editorial on the value of global health research published in JAMA click to enlarge Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, is cancer program director for UNC-Project Malawi.

This spring, Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, who leads the cancer program at UNC-Project Malawi, found himself providing care to his seven-year-old daughter, who had contracted Malaria. The experience led Gopal to consider his decision to live and work in Malawi, and the overall value of global health research.

From the article:

"First, rigorous clinical science addressing important questions benefits human health broadly. I knew to give my daughter intravenous artesunate for her malaria because of studies conducted in African and Asian children demonstrating it is the best treatment, results that have directly benefited countless Americans with malaria including military personnel and my daughter. Likewise, studies that our group led in Malawi demonstrated that treating HIV-infected people with antiretrovirals makes them noninfectious to sexual partners, changing worldwide policy including in the United States with respect to when HIV treatment should be started. We similarly believe that our clinical, laboratory, and public health studies of high-burden cancers in Malawi will add substantially to overall knowledge about individual tumor types and improve care for patients around the world."

Read the entire essay here.

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