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mHealth Kenya: To Save A Life, Dial *652#

Dial *652#  —  That’s what it takes to potentially save a life in Kenya. I learned that from Dr. Cathy Mwangi, head of the CDC Foundation’s Mobile Post Exposure Prophylaxis (mPEP) initiative, launched in Kenya in 2013.

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Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library Dedication

The newly-named Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library was dedicated on July 11th, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Stephen B. Thacker.

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Healthy Americans at Every Stage of Life

It is exciting to learn about the progress the National Prevention Council has made in the three years since it released the first-ever National Prevention Strategy to refocus our nation on prevention and wellness. 

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CDC's Call to Action on Prescription Opioid Drugs

Prescription pain medications can have a useful purpose, but there are dangers to opioid drugs and how they are prescribed. And there are some significant differences in health care provider prescription practices in the United States, according to CDC.

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Safeguard Your Next Business Trip from Health Threats

When people learn that I lead CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch, they often ask for my advice on how to be safe and smart when they travel. Business travelers are especially interested in CDC’s recommendations about how to stay healthy when they’re conducting business overseas

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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

It’s not everyday that we get to step back and talk about what we do and remind ourselves of why it matters. Last week, the CDC Foundation had the opportunity to participate in our first Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and we had the chance to do just that.

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Crossroads for Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authored an op-ed in The Hill’s Congress Blog emphasizing the importance of investing in the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Training Boosts Public Health Programs in Low-Resource Countries

Without strong public health management and efficient organizational performance, many important global health initiatives in low-resource countries fall short of their intended goals. How can this challenge be addressed?

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Cancer Survivor Employs Simple Steps to Fight off Infection During Chemo

As you can imagine, this list of tests, screenings, procedures, and treatments was a bit overwhelming as I was diagnosed last October with a Stage II breast cancer. 

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World No Tobacco Day Provides Reminder of Tobacco's Human Costs

Each year the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people, more than three times the number of people killed by alcohol use, murder and suicide combined. Unless strong action is taken, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030.

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Q&A with New CDC Foundation Board Member Betty King

Betty King has been elected to the CDC Foundation board of directors. Betty is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. 

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The Business Case for Global Health Security

Betty King, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and a member of the CDC Foundation’s board of directors, authored a blog in The Huffington Post. 

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Conference Celebrates Public Health Success and Needs in Africa

In the past decade, significant steps have been taken to improve public health outcomes in Africa, including progress in combatting and preventing HIV, malaria, polio and measles. 

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Making Motherhood Safer

In rural western Kenya, only 40% of pregnant women deliver their children in a healthcare facility. You can help make a difference for mothers in Kenya this Mother's Day.

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You Can Make a Difference on World Malaria Day

Although malaria was eliminated from the United States in the early 1950s, it is still a leading cause of death and disease worldwide. In Africa, a child dies from malaria every 60 seconds. 3.4 billion people live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 106 countries and territories.

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Grant Provides Vital Support to Tackling Cervical Cancer

Today, I’m pleased to announce that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a $3.6 million grant to support an effort to establish standards and boost information systems for treatment of cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of cervical cancer is particularly severe.

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Disease Outbreaks Create Real Business Challenges

To aid business preparedness and response efforts, a new CDC Foundation Business Pulse issue focuses on steps that businesses can take and resources they can utilize to navigate through the challenges caused by disease outbreaks.

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Reporting on Public Health Progress in Haiti

Just over a year ago, I traveled to Haiti with the CDC Foundation to commemorate the completion of two new public health buildings supported through donations to the CDC Foundation. The buildings marked a milestone in the country’s recovery and reconstruction since the earthquake.

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Ruth Katz Joins CDC Foundation Board for Second Term

Ruth’s long and distinguished public health career will help us advance the important and life-saving work of CDC.

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Making Water Safe for Everyone

Did you know that more than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe water?  It is hard to believe that every year more than 2 million people around the world die of diseases they contract from contaminated water.

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