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Ending Ebola: Challenges and Triumphs in West Africa

This week marks the one year anniversary of the first Ebola cases to be identified in West Africa. During the outbreak, which evolved into an epidemic, more than 10,300 people have died and nearly 25,000 have been infected with Ebola. However, much has been accomplished since the epidemic surged in the fall of 2014.  

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Partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies to Improve Health Data

The CDC Foundation is honored to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch a new Data for Health Initiative, announced today. This innovative effort to solving the world’s most pressing public health problems with technology and data helps to fill major gaps in global health.

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Water is Health: World Water Day 2015

On World Water Day 2015, observed on March 22, approximately 750 million people lack access to clean water, resulting in more than 840,000 deaths worldwide per year. Every minute a child dies from a water-related disease. These water-related deaths from guinea worm disease, cholera and river blindness, to name a few, can be prevented with simple water purification technology. 

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Grant Will Further The Monitoring of Global Tobacco Use

Today, the CDC Foundation announced that it is receiving a $14 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to evaluate tobacco control interventions and measure tobacco control progress in low- and middle-income countries where the tobacco use burden is particularly heavy.

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Consortium Aims to Eliminate Malaria on Hispaniola

The CDC Foundation is pleased to announce a new consortium with the goal of ending malaria on the island of Hispaniola. The consortium is being funded through a $29.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will bring together malaria partners led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020.

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CDC Lab is Small, but Important Outpost in Ebola War

With its yellow walls and simple tin roof, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab in Bo, Sierra Leone, would be easy to overlook. Although there are no indications that this tiny lab sits squarely on the front lines in the fight against Ebola, it is vital to efforts to turn back the epidemic in Sierra Leone. 

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Social Mobilization Helps Turn the Tide in Sierra Leone

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has left an indelible mark on the region. Governments have closed schools, cultural practices have been adjusted as the virus has spread, and professional communicators like radio newsman James Lebbie are rethinking the way they reach their audience.

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Building Beyond Ebola

I’ve now worked in philanthropy for the past 10 years. Prior to that I worked in government. I believe that to solve the difficult challenges the world faces today you absolutely need public-private partnerships bringing together the different roles that various types of organizations can play.

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Eight Years, Four Stars: The CDC Foundation Charity Navigator Rating

For the eighth consecutive year, the CDC Foundation has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Four stars is the highest rating awarded by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. 

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Healthy Workforce, Healthy Business

In the new Business Pulse: Healthy Workforce, we’ve gathered some of our best programs and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help both employers and employees create a culture of health and safety. 

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Up Close and Personal in Liberia's Villages

Seeing something with your own eyes makes a world of difference. Since joining the CDC Foundation in 2012, I have read and heard many stories about the important field work U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff conduct around the world to advance public health. Recently, on a trip to West Africa, including Liberia, I was able to see some of these efforts firsthand, an opportunity that provided me with a very different perspective.

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Contact Tracers Essential in Fight to Stop Ebola

Contact tracing—finding anyone who may have had contact with a person suspected of having a disease—is essential in stopping the spread of Ebola. But make no mistake, it is difficult work, both physically and emotionally. However, there are moments of reward that come with the challenges.

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Looking for Solutions When Your Worst Fears Are Confirmed

Sometimes things just don’t add up. James Bangura who was working on a Lassa Fever project in Sierra Leone confronted such a moment last April.

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Seeing Progress on the Ground in West Africa: In Sierra Leone

Today our team left Guinea and headed to Sierra Leone, the second stop on our trip to West Africa. In recent months, the Ebola epidemic has heated up in Sierra Leone with a spike in the number of cases. Public health workers here are working diligently to turn the tide of the epidemic.

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Seeing Progress on the Ground in West Africa: In Guinea

Over the next week, I am in West Africa with two CDC Foundation team members looking at some of the Ebola response work that has been funded through the CDC Foundation by private sector donors.

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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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