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Endemic infectious diseases: Focusing the world’s attention on neglected killers

When the next infectious disease threatens multiple populations, will we be sufficiently prepared to stop it in its tracks? And while we’re all focused on doing that, will too many citizens around the world suffer from chronic infectious diseases for lack of attention and funding?

Outsized media and public attention on emergent pandemics, such as Zika and Ebola, can divert funding, research and humanitarian efforts aimed at reducing millions of deaths from such other infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDs, diarrhoeal disease, tuberculosis and lower respiratory tract infections.

These are the primary challenges health professionals struggle with the most — and global mobility makes them all the more likely and urgent.

Read the paper

Learn more about our global perspectives for tackling this issue in our paper ‘Endemic infectious diseases: Focusing the world’s attention on neglected killers’.

In addition, read part 1 of our infectious diseases opinion paper series here: 
Pandemic: Controlling infectious diseases before they spread

About the authors

Dr. Stella George, Senior Medical, Director Aetna International

Dr. George is the Head of Care Management (Americas) and is responsible for the delivery of all of our care management programs through her team’s global clinical operations. She is responsible for driving the care management strategy. She has oversight on the clinical program design which is focused on developing member-centric innovative programs focused on increasing member engagement and improving health outcomes.

Dr. Lori Stetz, Senior Medical Director, Aetna International

As Senior Medical Director for Aetna International, Dr. Lori Stetz provides guidance, support, and medical leadership for all care management activities around the globe. Lori drives medical policy, and actively participates in strategic planning and program and product development in concurrence with changing markets and technologies. Lori also manages Aetna International’s emergency evacuation program, helping to ensure appropriate health care delivery for our members around the globe.

Dr. Mitesh Patel, Medical Director, Aetna International

As Medical Director for Aetna International, Dr. Patel provides guidance, support, and medical leadership for care management activities in Europe. Dr. Patel also manages Aetna International’s emergency evacuation program, helping to ensure appropriate health care delivery for our members around the globe. 

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