This NIH program is crucial to global health. And its future is in danger Mar 30, 2017

A little-noticed cut in President Trump’s proposed “budget blueprint to make American great again” would eliminate the Fogarty International Center, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. That would be a big mistake for the United States and the rest of the world.

The center, named after John E. Fogarty, a Republican representative from Rhode Island and longtime advocate for international health research, was created in 1968. Since then it has initiated and sustained research around the globe aimed at fighting polio, tuberculosis, AIDS, and other infectious diseases, as well as focusing on global environmental health, bioethics, noncommunicable diseases, and more. Through more than 400 research and training projects, the center has trained well over 5,000 scientists worldwide and involved more than 100 American universities. This is an incredible global footprint, by any metric.

We have a strong allegiance to, and memories of, the Fogarty. One of us (A.L.R.) was a program director for the center. The other (M.P.) was a Fogarty-funded international scholar. We have seen its impact on entire countries, on individuals, and on us. Read more.