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Happy Holidays from the CDC Foundation

Thank you for helping us extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's life-saving work at home and throughout the world this year. We are grateful for your support.

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TIME Shines a Light on Ebola Fighters

Last week, TIME named Ebola Fighters as the 2014 Person of the Year for their “tireless acts of courage and mercy.” The announcement made me extremely proud of our CDC colleagues who are on the front lines of the worst Ebola epidemic in history, as well as the hundreds of Atlanta staff who are working around the clock to support them. 

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Reliable Transportation Accelerates Response to the Ebola Outbreak

In the fight against the Ebola epidemic the days are long, the conditions difficult and a fast response is critical. Benson Boakai works with the health management team in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone, and travels more than 50 kilometers a day on difficult terrain to gather lab samples and assist with the burial process.

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Donor Funds Bolster West African Emergency Response

Imagine commanding a large ship in a storm without having a functioning command center where you can control the steering or the engines. In effect, that’s what running a public health emergency response effort is like in countries without a centralized emergency operations center (EOC).

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Tanzania's Safe Motherhood Campaign Reaches Half a Million Registrants

We are so excited to announce that since the launch in 2012, 500,000 men and women received 40 million informative safe motherhood messages and reminders from this campaign in Tanzania. 

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Grant to Expand Tobacco Control Surveillance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the world, resulting in almost 6 million deaths annually. Compared to many other regions, tobacco use in sub-Saharan Africa remains relatively low, but consumption in the region is rising as tobacco companies are increasingly targeting low- and middle-income countries and seeking to expand usage among these populations. 

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The Power of Technology in West Africa

The need for everyone, including those working with CDC’s public health partners in West Africa, to stay connected and share information is vitally important. The availability of medical and diagnostic technology is also a crucial need for the healthcare professionals and volunteers on the ground. The CDC Foundation is working diligently to meet these needs. 

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Africa United in the Fight Against Ebola

A new health communications campaign, Africa United is being announced today by the CDC Foundation, actor Idris Elba and a global team of African soccer stars, international health organizations and corporations. 

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Giving Tuesday: Give the Gift of Health

Health connects us all. CDC's life-saving work never stops, as they fight disease and protect Americans from threats to health and safety 24/7. When you donate to the CDC Foundation, you strengthen and advance CDC's impact.

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Making the World Safer and Healthier for Children

The prevention of violence against children is slowly being recognized as strategic for improving the health of countries throughout the world. Just as addressing other public health threats such as smoking, and obesity can impact a range of health outcomes, so too can violence prevention. 

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The Importance of Private Foundations in the Fight Against Ebola

A recent article in The Washington Post emphasizes the importance of private foundations in this fight against Ebola, and outlines many of the CDC Foundation’s efforts in West Africa.

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Battle Against Ebola Far From Over in West Africa

While some recent news out of the region is encouraging, the battle with Ebola is far from over. Public health officials in West Africa, in the United States and around the world know that there remains much important work to stop Ebola.

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New at the CDC Museum: What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?

As families across America sit down together on Thanksgiving Day later this month, food will serve as a centerpiece for conversation, fun and fellowship. Food consumed by Americans has a long and complex history—a history that is explored in the David J. Sencer CDC Museum’s current temporary exhibition, What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government's Effect on The American Diet.

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Viva Villa! A Night to Celebrate Villa International

In 1972, Villa International opened its doors as a residence for visiting international workers. Over its history, the 33-room residence has been a temporary home to more than 24,000 guests, international researchers, public health professionals and students from 147 countries.

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CDC in Action: World Polio Day 2014

Today is World Polio Day—a day to celebrate the many achievements made in global polio eradication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its partners. Today is also a day to reflect upon the urgent need for continued support and awareness of this international public health issue. 

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Welcoming a New Board Chair and a New Board Member

I am delighted to share with you some exciting news about the CDC Foundation’s board of directors. Doug Nelson, who has been on our board since 2008, has been appointed as the new chair of the CDC Foundation board, and former Turner Broadcasting Systems Chairman and CEO Phil Kent has been named to our board.

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$25 Million from Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan Helps Fight Ebola

The CDC Foundation is pleased to announce today that Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan are helping to fight Ebola through a generous $25 million gift to the CDC Foundation from their donor-advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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Why I Give: A Celebration of Our Partners

Our partners save and improve lives in the United States and throughout the world, and for that we at the CDC Foundation are extremely grateful.

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Ebola in U.S. is Reminder That Disease Knows No Boundaries

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. Although the thought of Ebola here in our country raises concerns for many people, CDC has been anticipating and preparing for a case of Ebola in the United States.

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The Closing Bell: Mobilizing Resources to Help Stop Ebola

One wouldn’t necessarily associate the stock market with efforts to prevent disease and save lives, but yesterday the NASDAQ, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation and the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy came together for just that purpose. 

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