The world is rapidly losing the ability to fight disease because of an invisible adversary: drug resistance. Resistance is inevitable but human actions are hastening it. Without a global effort to ensure lasting effectiveness of treatment, drug resistance is poised to get worse fast, raising costs, claiming more lives, and making future generations vulnerable to diseases that are easily cured today. After two years of study and analysis, CGD’s expert Drug Resistance Working Group urges four crucial steps to combat the problem in a pivotal new report, The Race Against Drug Resistance.
On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 the Center for Global Development hosted the launch event of The Race Against Drug Resistance at the National Press Club. Representative Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health provided opening remarks. The event featured a presentation by Rachel Nugent, Chair, Drug Resistance Working Group and Deputy Director, Global Health, Center for Global Development and a film screening of The Race Against Drug Resistance by Back to Earth Films.
Panelists included David Heymann, Former Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization; Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House; John MacArthur, Team Lead, President’s Malaria Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Gail Cassell, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, and Distinguished Research Scholar for Infectious Diseases, Eli Lilly and Company; and Renee Ridzon, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event was moderated by Martha Mendoza of The Associated Press and Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. CGD Director of Policy Outreach Sarah Jane Staats provided introductions and welcome.
Access Nugent's slides here (pdf, 1M).
Listen to the event audio.
Watch the event video.