My editorial in the Washington Post:
The Central African Republic (CAR) could emerge as one of the newest “perfect storms” of poverty, conflict, and NTDs. A former French colony, CAR is a landlocked country surrounded by nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Sudan, and Chad, which also have experienced recent and serious outbreaks of wars and violence. With just over five million people, by most metrics it is considered one of the most remote and economically devastated countries in Africa. CAR is tied with Somalia, Burundi and Zimbabwe as being ranked 224th in GDP per capita – near the very bottom.
Throughout the 20th century and into this new millennium, American troops in combat have been devastated by tropical infections. In response, the United States military has assembled an essential scientific and public health capability to combat these diseases. But the legacy of military tropical medicine now benefiting many aspects of global health is under threat. Read the whole article