Seattle – the new Geneva
This article last Sunday in The Seattle Times (“Seattle moves to forefront in global fight to save lives“) presents a good summary and quick history of the changing centers of power in global health. It is well worth reading.
“Seattle is going to be the epicenter of global health for the 21st century,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine.Dr. Jim Kim, a Harvard health expert who formerly led the World Health Organization’s AIDS programs, predicts additional donations from Gates will eventually push the foundation’s annual health expenditures to $2.5 billion, rivaling the combined spending of European nations. With such vast sums at play, no other American city can match Seattle’s influence on the world of public health, Kim said. “The presence of the Gates Foundation just blows everybody else out of the water,” Kim said.
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