Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Reports add to findings of Ebola, Zika impacts

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Two years after recognition of the dangers posed by Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and two years after the waning days of the most devastating Ebola outbreak yet seen, new findings about the impacts of the diseases continue to emerge. Four newborns with paralyzed chest muscles and twisted joints as well as microcephaly, and lab […]

Report finds responsive research, innovative technology, training critical to controlling DRC Ebola outbreak

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Potential for spread, effective intervention highlighted importance of building local capacities The Democratic Republic of Congo had experienced eight previous Ebola virus outbreaks when the most recent emergence of the disease was confirmed there in early May, and hard-earned lessons from the past supplied much of the knowledge that drove the swift response that followed. […]

Digital health information systems are maturing to reflect realities on the ground

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The following is a guest post by Christina Villella, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation I am sure many of you have been in the same boat, spending months developing a tool to help improve health information systems in low- and middle-income countries. You know the field is saturated with new ideas, so you want to make […]

House bills reject Trump retreat from U.S. leadership of global infectious disease responses

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Brushing aside White House proposals to cut global HIV and other international disease response funding, members of the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released a bill set to be finalized Friday, reflecting steadfast, and in some cases growing support for research, preparedness and response efforts to control the […]

Health information system strengthening supports DRC government Ebola response

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The following is a guest post by Olivier Kakesa, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation The Democratic Republic of Congo government’s response to the outbreak of Ebola in the country’s northwest Bikoro, Equatuer province includes mobilization of national epidemiological experts and local health staff to deal with the outbreak, vaccinating key personnel — such as health workers […]

White House rescission proposal, House resolution highlight disconnect between federal priorities, global realities

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On Tuesday, as the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the second time in a year, and the ninth time since the discovery of the disease there in the late 1970s, the White House released one more proposal to to cut funding for global and […]

Analysis: Global health research and development spending comes home, in disease solutions and dollars

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With budget proposals titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again“ for fiscal year 2018, and “An American Budget” for 2019, the premise of White House budget plans that would slash funding for global health research and development to levels not seen since the start of this century seemed predicated on the […]

Yellow fever vaccine entry requirements leave big gaps

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Fewer than a quarter of airplane passengers traveling to countries where yellow fever is endemic  were required to show proof of vaccination against the disease upon arrival, when they were traveling from countries where the disease is not transmitted locally, according to a report released this week by the World Health Organization. The finding, the […]

New Secretary of State a blank slate on global health

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Global infectious diseases responses not addressed Mike Pompeo’s hearing, testimony for Secretary of State confirmation President Trump applauded the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State Thursday, saying “He will always put the interests of America first.” In the view of many, including at least his three most recent predecessors, that would […]