Health is not only a basic human right. It is also a key precondition to economic development. The burden of disease in some low-income regions, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, is a major challenge to economic growth. Health must therefore be addressed directly in any comprehensive development strategy. This burden includes severe undernutrition and devastating chronic and infectious diseases associated with extreme poverty such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and tuberculosis, as well as non-communicable diseases like depression, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The world has reached an unprecedented level of scientific knowledge, technology and economic resources. This point in history marks both the most opportune and most crucial moment to apply our collective expertise and resources to address health issues faced by the world's 1.1 billion citizens living in poverty.
The Center for Global Health and Economic Development (CGHED) plays a central role in the Earth Institute’s work to address these issues. Through understanding and addressing global health challenges, CGHED mobilizes and develops the Earth Institute’s global health programs to enable low-resource countries to achieve quality health systems for the poor, sustainable economic development, and the Millennium Development Goals.
AIDS 'could be eliminated in our lifetime', Aljazeera, March 31, 2012
How the developing world is using cellphone technology to change lives, Thestar.com, March 24, 2012
India's improved health indicators testimony to NRHM's achievements: IAP, NetIndian, February 22, 2012
Foreign aid for five Indian districts, The Hindu, February 5, 2012
Africa: Pivotal Moment in Effort to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases, allAfrica.com, January 30, 2012