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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the past 30 years, Jim Gathany has been documenting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) scientific achievements, its significant events, its facilities and its history. A Lens on CDC, the latest exhibit at CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum, celebrates Gathany’s long career, the artistry of both his scientific and documentary work and his incredible contributions to CDC.
America’s alarming opioid epidemic not only affects individuals and their families—it also impacts employers, their customers and entire communities. To share the challenges businesses face, and to help offer solutions, the CDC Foundation is pleased to feature CDC’s work in Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic.
Two years ago Ebola ran rampant in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While the Ebola epidemic there ended in 2016, the devastating effects of the virus continue to weigh on those who survived. Two survivors in recent months visited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sharing their personal stories of Ebola and its aftermath, while also describing efforts to provide their communities with opportunities for hope, healing and recovery.