Atul Gawande

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The @BostonGlobe’s obituary for Dr Robert Osteen is now out. RIP. Link here: bostonglobe.com/2022/08/07/met… twitter.com/atul_gawande/s…
So far one young man paralyzed and virus found in wastewater in 2 counties with a very high 40% of kids <2 yrs unvaccinated against polio. For each one paralysis case, can be hundreds infected. Unvaxed NYers, especially infants: get vaccinated. nytimes.com/2022/08/04/nyr…
“These cross-class friendships — what the researchers called economic connectedness — had a stronger impact than school quality, family structure, job availability or a community’s racial composition.” Here is the full @Nature paper from #RajChetty. nature.com/articles/s4158…
Landmark, must read new study: “The new analysis — the biggest of its kind — found the degree to which the rich and poor were connected explained why a neighborhood’s children did better later in life, more than any other factor.” nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Some years ago, in @NewYorker, I got to tell people about Bob Osteen, a remarkable surgeon, friend, and colleague whom I asked to be my coach in the OR: newyorker.com/magazine/2011/… Now, I am sad to report, Bob has died. He will be dearly missed. legacy.com/us/obituaries/…
Delighted to meet with a longtime hero of public health, @Winnie_Byanyima, head of @UNAIDS, and her team. We discussed their new report on progress against HIV being in danger, and our work together to stay on path to ending #HIV/#AIDS as a public health concern. #AIDS2022
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The second good news story: @USAIDGH-supported R&D showed monoclonal antibodies to be a potentially effective HIV prevention option. @WHO has released PPC guidance to inform product design to ensure we can meet the needs of LMIC clients. who.int/publications/i… (3/3)
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Two signs of hope, though. One is this heartening story of two HIV patients who appear to have beaten the virus. wsj.com/articles/two-o… (2/3)
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At #AIDS2022 with sobering news from @UNAIDS that the # of new infections dropped only 3.6% between 2020 and 2021, the smallest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016 indanger.unaids.org (1/3)
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My paternal grandmother died from malaria when my dad was 10. Now, as the US board member for @gavi, I can tell you this opening of #malaria vaccine access is thrilling to me. @USAID is pleased to support @gavi as we work together to protect children from preventable deaths. twitter.com/gavi/status/15…
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Devastating news from @WHO & @UNICEF show historic, sustained declines in childhood vaccinations. 25M children missed out on 1 or more doses of DTP in 2021 – the vaccine that prevents diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis. We must do better! who.int/news/item/15-0… (1/3)
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Join me LIVE (or on livestream) this morning at 9:50 ET (coming up shortly!) at The Future of Health Care Summit from @thehill where I'll talk about global health and pandemic preparedness. thehill.com/events/3538937…
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.@USAID is unwavering in our support for #Ukraine during Putin's unprovoked war. Today, we provided an additional $1.7 billion to support the Government of Ukraine in continuing to provide essential medical care to their people. twitter.com/Denys_Shmyhal/…
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The African proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." But if anyone knows where in Africa it originated, I'd love to know! twitter.com/NPRGoatsandSod…
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In the pandemic, food shortages and malnutrition skyrocketed. Add climate disasters and war, and you have a situation where total global deaths have gone up more than 20%. Hear more about my take on the challenges facing the world with @npratc. npr.org/2022/07/11/111…
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New updated data from Moderna show its Omicron-specific bivalent booster demonstrates a higher antibody response against BA.4 and BA.5 than the currently authorized booster. The company expects to complete filings to regulatory agencies this week. investors.modernatx.com/news/news-deta…
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Landmark achievement. 2018 outbreak: Ebola circulated up to 4 months before recognized👉2287 deaths. 2020: 2 wks to outbreak declaration 👉55 deaths. 2022: 48 hrs to outbreak declaration 👉5 deaths & local control. Extraordinary progress #DRCDRC health securit#ItCanBeDoneotwitter.com/WHOAFRO/status…pOc
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“Covid unleashed both a terrible crisis and an opportunity to make investments in the part of public health that matters the most.” Grateful for the chance to discuss this and more with @politico. twitter.com/erinbanco/stat…
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In the coming days, HHS will have shipped 31,530 doses of JYNNEOS smallpox/monkeypox vaccine to select jurisdictions where transmission is highest/populations are at higher risk. Deliveries will continue from the Strategic National Stockpile. hhs.gov/about/news/202…
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Good News Dept: @WorldBank approved a new fund to improve global capacity to protect against future pandemics w/ @WHO support. And the USG + other donors committed >$1B to fill key gaps in health security worldwide. These are big steps forward. whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
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Congratulations to Govt of Bangladesh + @USAID_BD on vaccinating 70% of the population against #COVID19. Proud that USA contributed to this milestone by donating 68M+ vaccines, PPE, & freezers; training vaccinators; planning and facilitating vaccination campaigns; and more. twitter.com/USAID_BD/statu…
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The White House announced 2 new components of the US’s monkeypox strategy: 1. Expanding access to vaccination for high-risk individuals, by providing access to almost 300,000 vaccines. 2. Making testing more available via commercial labs. Fact sheet: whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
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Displaced families are particularly vulnerable to malaria-carrying mosquitoes because in fleeing their homes many had to leave behind their bed nets. Here's how @PMIgov and @GlobalFund helped Mozambique keep malaria rates from rising among IDPs. pmi.gov/preventing-mal…
Thank you to USAID/Ghana, the communities that welcomed me, the @USAID partners that showed me their work, the dedicated Ghanaian healthcare workers, & @USEmbassyGhana for your generous time & willingness to share with me & a warm welcome to US Amb. to Ghana, Virginia Palmer!
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I visited @WAAFoundation & saw how @USAID through @PEPFAR supports life-saving HIV/AIDS services in #Accra, including providing medicine (PrEP) that protects against #HIV. The Foundation has provided critical HIV programming in Ghana since 1999. @USEmbassyGhana
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.@USAID supports Total Family Health Org, a Ghanaian social marketing org, to provide family planning counseling in hair salons, markets, and at the workplace. I visited the amazing Tina’s Palace salon in #Accra where clients receive these services. @USEmbassyGhana
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At Mamprobi Polyclinic in Accra, I got to join #COVID19 vaccinators as they traveled house-to-house to get shots in arms–and bumped the region’s full vaccination to 36%! @USAID is working with @_GHSofficial to spread the message that #vaccines are safe, effective, and save lives.
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“So far, Congress has not been interested in supporting global vaccinations. That is a huge mistake.” Great @NewYorker interview with @AshishKJha46 on where we are now with COVID. newyorker.com/news/the-new-y…
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In Accra, I visited Ghana’s national ultra cold chain room, where Pfizer doses donated by the USG are stored. The U.S. has donated over 12M #COVID19 vaccines to Ghana to date, and @USAID has supported the delivery of over 6.5M vaccines across the country @USEmbassyGhana
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I visited Ghana’s Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, and leaders of @mohgovgh, including @_GHSofficial. I learned about Ghana’s Networks of Practice model (NoP), which will improve the quality and efficiency of health services in the country. @USEmbassyGhana 1/5
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I’ve been in Ghana this week meeting w/ leaders of the Ghanaian Ministry of Health, key development partners, health workers & community leaders to coordinate on Ghana’s most pressing health needs, including vaccinating its people against #COVID19 @USEmbassyGhana
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As of today, the US has delivered 550M #COVID19 vaccines to 115 countries. But we remain intensely focused on the work ahead and the resources we still need. Without additional funds, @USAID will have to curtail our targeted work to get shots in arms. #GIF2022 @USGLC
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South Africa launched a campaign to lift COVID vaccination w aid from US. This video of S African partners & leaders dancing with @USAID, @PEPFAR, and @cdc staff in celebration already has 285,000 views! Engipha amandla is "It gives me strength" in Zulu. fb.watch/dva3Wlyxbg/
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"The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the first reduction in global life expectancy in more than a century." My colleagues and I share what we at @USAID pushed for at this year's #WorldHealthAssembly: medium.com/usaid-2030/gov… @USAIDPolicy @USAIDGH @USAIDSavesLives
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.@TheWorld asked me today "What’s it mean for the world to see global resources plummet to fight COVID?" You can listen to my response here: theworld.org/media/2022-06-…
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NEWS: @WHO certified that #Togo has become the 15th nation to eliminate blinding trachoma as a public health problem. @MSPS_Togo is crushing it, eliminating 3 neglected tropical diseases in 5 years. US is proud to have supported this incredible effort. afro.who.int/countries/togo…
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Over 55% of the U.S. population is in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level. 🟠At high levels, mask in public indoor settings. 🟡At medium levels, consider masking based on personal risk. Find your COVID-19 Community Levelbit.ly/3MpA6SrzB0
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Cases of monkeypox, rarely seen outside of West and Central Africa, have now been reported in Europe, Australia, and North America. See this piece in @TheLancet on the clinical course in 7 UK cases, including a health worker who was exposed w/o PPE. thelancet.com/journals/lanin…
My address at #WHA75 Strategic Roundtable discussion: Radical reorientation of health systems towards #primaryhealthcare as the foundation for #HealthForAll twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
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Grateful to join @DrTedros at #WHA75 to cheer @WHO’s putting stronger primary care in its top 5 priorities. Why? Because community-based health workers who are trained, salaried, and integrated with primary health centers reduce child mortality rates >50% in 3 years.
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Congratulations to @DrTedros on your re-election by the World’s Health Assembly. Yours is a role with heavy responsibilities and high expectations in difficult times. I for one am grateful for your tirelessness and leadership. twitter.com/DrTedros/statu…
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In Geneva attending #WHA75. The World Health Assembly is the governing body of @WHO, made up of representatives of its member nations. This is the first in-person assembly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the proceedings w/ me live here: who.int/about/governan…
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WHO’s first Global Health Leaders Award honored the work of one of the world’s greatest public health professionals, the late Dr Paul Farmer. His wife Didi Bertrand accepted the award on his behalf. Still hard to believe it has already been 3 months since we lost Paul. twitter.com/WHO/status/152…
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.@USAID is working w/ our partners in the #DRC to monitor an ongoing #Ebola #outbreak. While it’s still early & the outbreak is far from over, we’ve already seen remarkable impact from investments in outbreak preparedness & response. THREAD 1/7 afro.who.int/countries/demo…
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TODAY AT 9 ET: I join three outstanding public health leaders for a discussion with @PostLive on health equity and COVID-19 vaccines. Looking forward to sharing @USAID's critical work to get COVID shots in arms and other key measures around the world. washingtonpost.com/washington-pos…
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The United States has lost more than one million lives to #COVID19. This is not a tally, but a representation of the irreplaceable loss of loved ones. The toll of this disease can be seen in the loss of life and livelihoods. The burden on our nation has been heartbreaking.
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“Covid-19 was the leading medical cause of death among all US residents under age 55 during 2021.” Since the start of the pandemic there has been a 30% increase in all-cause mortality among US adults ages 18-49, and a 26% increase among adults ages 50-64. insidemedicine.bulletin.com/the-million-us…
Love this. Puts that mentos and coke recipe to shame. twitter.com/AgBioWorld/sta…
We had hope that Paxlovid could be used for preventing Covid, beyond treating it. Sadly, that was a bust in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of ~3,000 participants who had household exposure wsj.com/articles/pfize…
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