Rx for Child Survival

Section 3: Why Now?

Point 2: Scientific and technological breakthroughs make possible what was impossible before.

Advances in science, such as the mapping of the human genome, have significantly improved our understanding of health and disease.

In turn, these advances have sparked the interest of both scientists and the entities that fund research in global health. At the same time, improvements in technology have renewed the interest in some proven strategies for battling disease, such as childhood immunization.

Meanwhile, more sophisticated communication and information technologies can help health care professionals track problems and interventions in their countries, while helping rich and poor nations manage assistance and enforce accountability.