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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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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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