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Change Is Possible

Reflections on the History of Global Health

William H. Foege, Paul Elish, Alison Hoover, Madison Lee, Deborah Chen Tseng, and Kiera Chan

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A groundbreaking new history of global health from one of the greatest leaders in the field.

In Change Is Possible, public health legend William H. Foege and five coauthors chronicle the failures and successes of global health through the modern age, including the massive impacts of colonialism, religious groups, philanthropies, politics, NGOs, and more.

Foege, who has served in local, national, and international public health contexts—including as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—is uniquely qualified to reflect on the history of global health. He and his Rollins...

A groundbreaking new history of global health from one of the greatest leaders in the field.

In Change Is Possible, public health legend William H. Foege and five coauthors chronicle the failures and successes of global health through the modern age, including the massive impacts of colonialism, religious groups, philanthropies, politics, NGOs, and more.

Foege, who has served in local, national, and international public health contexts—including as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—is uniquely qualified to reflect on the history of global health. He and his Rollins School of Public Health coauthors explain why colonialism has been the greatest disaster for global health, whereas military medicine may have been its greatest asset. From the rapid development of NGOs to the impact of pharmaceutical companies over the last 35 years, to the hybrid programs that are now responsible for innovative contributions, the authors discuss multiple impacts on global health.

In other chapters with coauthors Paul Elish, Alison Hoover, Madison Lee, Deborah Chen Tseng, and Kiera Chan, Foege explores additional essential topics such as the legacy of colonialism in global health, early philanthropy versus new philanthropy, and how to promote positive change. Foege also shares critical lessons from the smallpox campaign—a disease he helped eradicate—and how these historical lessons can be applied in global health work today.

The book's research and reflections make this an essential book for students and readers interested in global health. In a narrative that is both deeply personal and universal, Foege shares lessons learned and personal experiences that craft a strikingly new history of global health.

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No one else in the world could have written such a book with both historical and ongoing relevance. It conveys a singular optimistic analysis of the most important factors in global health during the last sixty years.

There are few teachers as talented as [Dr. Foege]. As comfortable quoting Voltaire and Democritus as the latest Lancet article or World Health Organization report, Bill is always clear in his thinking about how much the world has accomplished in improving health, as well as how much more we can do to alleviate human suffering.

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William H. Foege

William H. Foege is the emeritus presidential distinguished professor of international health at Emory University. He was a director of the Centers for Disease Control, the founding director of the Carter Presidential Center, and a cofounder of the Task Force for Child Survival (now the Task Force for Global Health). He was also an early consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the...