"The U.S. Government, including USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and others are using a broad disaster management approach to contain the epidemic. Since the spring of 2014, the United States has been providing health equipment and emergency supplies, training and supporting health care workers on infection control and case management, supporting public outreach campaigns, and helping build the capacity of local health care and emergency response systems."
The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa
Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks.
Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals:
Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States.
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The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks.

Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals:
  • Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
  • Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
  • Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
  • Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States.

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Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

State Department Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Brownfield & Office of National Drug Control Policy Botticelli co-lead US Delegation to Comission on Narcotics and Drugs 2014 

State Department Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Brownfield & Office of National Drug Control Policy Botticelli co-lead US Delegation to Comission on Narcotics and Drugs 2014 

Tune in for a Google+Hangout on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” at 9:00 a.m. EST (14:00 UTC) on Wednesday, January 8, 2014!  Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush will discuss innovative solutions to global health problems with young professionals in the field @globalyouthissues http://goo.gl/iPsdqM

Safe, Good Food for Everyone

Darci Vetter, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, visits the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. What is Codex? Why is it important for making sure that your food is safe to eat? Darci explains!

Happy World Health Day. “Control your blood pressure. Control your life”

Happy World Health Day. “Control your blood pressure. Control your life”

Hypertension is the theme for World Health Day 2013, which is celebrated every April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

Hypertension is the theme for World Health Day 2013, which is celebrated every April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

Download New AMAZING ATOMS App!

Explore the peaceful uses of nuclear science around the world with Amazing Atoms. This one-of-a-kind app presents the full spectrum of projects underway around the globe to improve people’s lives by harnessing the power of atomic technology. From cancer therapy missions in Africa to food security activities in South America, the International Atomic Energy Agency, with support from the U.S. Department of State, brings the power of the atom directly to the people of the world. Delve into Amazing Atoms to take a scientific expedition into this global effort to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear science. Download for Android Download for IOS

Boosting child survival rates will be the focus of a national summit in Mahabalipuram, India, February 7–9 that will bring together more than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members.The national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” jointly organized by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and pledge to meet India’s child survival and development goals. Learn More

Boosting child survival rates will be the focus of a national summit in Mahabalipuram, India, February 7–9 that will bring together more than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members.The national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” jointly organized by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and pledge to meet India’s child survival and development goals. Learn More

Today is the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). An estimated 100 to 145 million women have undergone this brutal procedure, and about 3 million girls are at risk each year. Starting now, watch a live webcast of a panel of experts who will discuss successful efforts and solutions to address this issue. http://goo.gl/wX3xd 

U.S. contributions to the IAEA’s Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) have funded expert missions to assess national capabilities to detect and treat cancer in 28 countries worldwide. Learn more about PACT and how you can help this World Cancer Day: http://cancer.iaea.org/index.asp

Historic 132nd WHO Executive Board convenes. Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Global Affairs, HHS addressing WHO Executive Board.

Historic 132nd WHO Executive Board convenes to consider WHO reform, polio eradication, noncommunicable diseases, research and development for new drugs, and actions to combat falsified/substandard medicines.WHO Photos by Chris Black

Great video from the Center for Strategic and International Studies: President Joyce Banda on Women’s Health and Empowerment in Malawi

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