Monday
July 24
2017

The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

A 50-cent meningitis vaccine. Kid-friendly malaria drugs. A vaccine to prevent a deadly diarrheal disease.

These U.S.-funded global health innovations have saved millions of lives around the world. But they also come with an added bonus for Americans.

The details are in a study released today by Global Health Technologies Coalition, an advocacy group, and Policy Cures Research of Australia, an independent research group. The researchers found that between 2007 and 2015, the U.S. government invested $14 billion in global health research and development. And that created 200,000 new American jobs and returned $33 billion to the U.S. economy.

“While saving lives is a top priority, the economic argument — showing how it supports the U.S. — makes it stronger,” says Jamie Bay Nishi, director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition.

Source: NPR (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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foreign aid, global development, global health, healthcare innovation, healthcare technology, malaria, research