Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

WHO: Ebola is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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Acknowledging that a flare up of Ebola sickness and transmission in Guinea is ongoing, and that more clusters of Ebola cases can be expected in West Africa, the World Health Organization committee on the outbreak  today declared that the transmission of Ebola in the region that began in December 2013 is no longer a Public […]

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next

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The following is a guest post by James Thomas of MEASURE Evaluation Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the latest images in the media. The White House recently requested $1.8 billion of […]

With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

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When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said. Two years […]

From PEPFAR to Ebola response, to Zika, to next pandemic, panel looks at returns on U.S. investments in global health

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Lesson: “We’re only as safe as the most vulnerable people in the most vulnerable places in the world” Two years after Médecins Sans Frontières advised the world to pay attention to the unprecedented spread of Ebola across West Africa, and a little more than a month after President Obama asked Congress to provide $1.8 million […]

Comprehensive health responses and lessons from HIV can guide efforts to confront sexual transmission of Ebola

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Persistence of virus calls for on the ground research, services, and new diagnostic, surveillance capacities Before the most recent Ebola crisis, scientists knew that the virus had been detected in genital fluids, but the reality that a virus spread through contact with sick and deceased infected people can also be sexually transmitted by recovered survivors […]

Frieden and Fauci: While evidence of Zika impacts mounts, lack of funding complicates response, slows work on other health threats

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“There is nothing about Zika control that is quick and easy,” CDC director says Citing growing evidence linking Zika virus to microcephaly and other abnormalities potentially affecting sight, hearing, and development of babies born to infected women, as well as to Guillain–Barré syndrome among adults, U.S. health response and research leaders said lack of funding […]

WHO Zika committee: Strong but not conclusive links to GBS, microcephaly, other neurological damage, wider spread, “alarming,” prompted update to recommendations

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Of $56 million needed for international response, $3 million has come in, WHO says The second meeting of the World Health Organization Emergency Committee examining the international health emergency posed by the Zika virus and clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders in recently affected areas weighed new reports today and found increasing evidence […]