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Saving lives—millions at a time

n a world where new viruses emerge, mutate, and spread across continents, where children in developing nations fall far short of their potential because of inadequate nutrition, where one-third of the planet’s population lacks access to safe water and sanitation, there is no debate about the importance of working to better global health. Improving global health translates into not only millions of lives saved each year but also a jump-start to help poorer nations become a part of the world economy. Finally, paying attention to global health is the right thing to do.
     At the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), an emphasis on global health is nothing new. What is new about global health at the school is the naming of the Hubert Department of Global Health, the first solely named department on the Emory campus and the first named global health department in a school of public health in the country. The designation honors the Hubert family, whose $10 million commitment expands the school’s ability to have an impact on global health. The support doubles the endowment for the O.C. Hubert Fellowships in International Health, establishes the William H. Foege Chair of Global Health and the Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair in Religion and Health, and creates the Richard N. Hubert Fund for Global Health Excellence for innovative approaches to solving global health challenges.
     This issue highlights some of the many people and programs at the RSPH who are committed to improving the health of the people of the world. Together, faculty, students, and friends of the school are joining with our larger family of partners to make a significant impact in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. We can’t do it alone—with visionary donors like Richard Hubert, committed faculty like Rey Martorell, Susan Allen, and Keith Klugman, and students like Sally Honeycutt and Astrid Suantio, highlighted in this issue, we are creating a synergy that will improve the health and lives of the world’s people.




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