Epidemics on the Move

2013 Global Thinker Caroline Buckee and FP Voice Laurie Garrett discuss how human migration — and the refugee crisis — poses an immense problem to treating disease.


In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee and global health expert Laurie Garrett discuss Ebola and the world’s next health crises. FP Story Editor Amanda Silverman hosts.

About the participants:

Caroline Buckee is a 2013 Global Thinker. An epidemiologist and assistant professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health, she focuses on the spread of infectious disease and how we can use technology to understand the relationship between human movement and infection. Specifically, she has developed a way to use cell-phone metadata to track malaria in Kenya and pinpoint the hot zones — all of which can be used to more effectively target treatment and prevention; she has also studied disease throughout Africa and Southeast Asia.

Laurie Garrett is an online columnist for FP, as well as a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. Laurie is a Pulitzer Prize winner who has covered global health systems and chronic and infectious diseases for a slew of publications; she’s the best-selling author of The Coming Plague; Betrayal of Trust; and I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. Follow her on Twitter: @Laurie_Garrett.

Amanda Silverman is a story editor for print at FP. Follow her on Twitter: @apsilverman.

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