RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Richard Reithinger, PhD, Vice President of Global Health at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, is available to comment on infectious disease prevention and control, and the importance of essential health services in relation to COVID-19. Dr. Reithinger is an infectious disease expert with extensive experience managing health programs around the globe.
As the spread of COVID-19 continues, it is important to acknowledge the ripple effect COVID-19 will have on other diseases and health systems in lower- and middle-income countries. For example, Ebola is estimated to have caused thousands of malaria related deaths in West Africa in 2014–2015 and recently in the DRC due to the diversion of human, operational and financial resources to combat Ebola. As countries continue to cope with the impact of COVID-19, it is vital for health systems to continue to offer essential services to manage other diseases and conditions.
Dr. Reithinger has been published widely on the topics of malaria and other vector-borne disease epidemiology, case management, prevention, and control. He has extensive experience in managing and implementing programs focusing on malaria, neglected tropical diseases as well as zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza, leishmaniasis, and Chagas disease.
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