In this University of Michigan video, David Heymann, executive director of the World Health Organizations Communicable Diseases Cluster, discusses the challenges of fighting infectious diseases. What types of risks are there for people suffering from these diseases as well as for health workers? Heymann discusses infectious diseases and the wide-ranging effects it causes on economy and society at large. Infectious diseases cause more than 14 million deaths every year, the majority in developing countries. See how new partnership mechanisms can improve access to vaccines, drugs and other goods needed to control communicable diseases.