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DRC Ebola PHEIC continues amid ongoing obstacles while vaccine approval represents “major milestone” for future responses

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While the committee examining the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo emerged today from its 5th meeting with the conclusion that transmissions of the virus there continues to pose a public health emergency of international concern (or PHEIC), news on the vaccine used to control the outbreak represented game-changing developments for the control […]

Calling Goma Ebola confirmation a potential “game changer,” Tedros says he will reconvene WHO emergency committee

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Citing the confirmation of a man sick with Ebola in Goma, a Democratic Republic of Congo city of 2 million near neighboring Rwanda’s border, and the continuing impacts of violence and political instability on efforts to control the spread of the virus, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ended a speech before a […]

What we’re reading: Why DRC Ebola crisis calls for a PHEIC, how to end an epidemic and more

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It’s time to declare a public health emergency on Ebola – This opinion piece highlights what the declaration of a PHEIC, or public health emergency of international concern, would do towards optimizing and accelerating efforts to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and enhancing preparedness in neighboring countries. Shifting the argument of […]

Global Health Security 2019: Panel highlights communities’ value in global health security

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SYDNEY – Greater meaningful engagement with communities confronting disease threats should be prioritized in efforts to strengthen global health security moving forward, leaders said here on Thursday. Communities and their cultural practices and traditions should no longer be viewed as obstacles getting in the way of implementing activities related to preventing, detecting and responding to […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Failures persist in DRC Ebola outbreak responses, leaders say

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GENEVA – While international agencies identify violence and community mistrust as the main reasons the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains uncontrolled, here DRC Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga identified gaps in communication, data and planning as additional weaknesses preventing effective responses. “We need to emerge from silos,” he […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Health leaders confront impacts of global vaccine barriers

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GENEVA – Expert panelists from the World  Health Organization, United States, other nations and civil society agreed in a discussion here today that misinformation, easily spread through social media, continues to cause significant confusion among parents about the safety and benefits of vaccines. At least 480 websites are currently dedicated to actively spread misinformation about […]

116th Congress: Three new Democrats, one new Republican bring a range of inspirations to LHHS House Appropriations Subcommittee

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies oversees spending at HHS agencies that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. With new members that include the author of one of the first comprehensive legislative acts responding to AIDS in America, a […]

116th Congress: Meet the new Republican, two new Democrats on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee

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With oversight of funding for the State Department, and, with that, for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and for USAID, the House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and related programs plays a pivotal role in American leadership of global infectious disease responses. With the Democratic majority the subcommittee gets two […]

As Ebola vaccinations begin in South Sudan, DRC officials highlight challenges, perceptions

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Vaccinations against Ebola in a South Sudan city close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the virus continues to spread, began today, the latest recognition of the potential for the ongoing war-zone outbreak still not officially deemed a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — or PHEIC — to become one. […]

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]