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World Sickle Cell Day: Data to Action

As we commemorate World Sickle Cell Day, it’s appropriate to reflect on what has been accomplished and what is left to do. We thank all of our partners who are supporting the vital work of the Sickle Cell Data Collection program.

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The Journey toward Polio Eradication

We are grateful to Rotary International, CDC and partners and individuals across the globe, like Bob Keegan, who have come together to eradicate polio. When we work together, we can do so much more than we can individually to tackle health-related burdens. 

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Protect CDC so CDC Can Protect Us

CDC is fortunate to have a workforce that is incredibly dedicated and talented. Still, it’s difficult for me to believe CDC can be strong and protect us all without being well-resourced to do its job. As a nation, we must protect CDC so that CDC can protect us all.

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World Malaria Day: Eliminating Malaria from the Island of Hispaniola

Malaria Zero partners are using innovative strategies and a learn-by-doing approach to determine and deliver a key package of interventions aimed at shortening the timeline to elimination on the island of Hispaniola.

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Partnership Works to Protect Burkina Faso from Meningitis A

The thermometer nears 95 degrees at 8:00 a.m. in Laye, Burkina Faso, a small village about 20 miles from the capital city of Ouagadougou. Though the temperature will top 105 degrees today, the heat has not kept the mothers of a few dozen children from walking or biking to their local dispensary. The women are here to ensure their children receive vaccines to protect them from contracting a number of preventable diseases, including meningococcal meningitis.

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National Public Health Week 2017: Healthiest Nation in One Generation

This week is National Public Health Week—a time to reflect on how the field of public health benefits all of us. An initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for more than 20 years, National Public Health Week aims to raise awareness of important public health protection initiatives and achievements. 

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New Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic

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. 

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The Survivors: Rebuilding Lives after Ebola

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.

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Helping Women Protect Their Health and Baby-To-Be

A new, Show Your Love app, helps women who wish to become pregnant plan their pregnancy and chart their course. We are very grateful for Anthem's support in making this app available to women around the country.

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One year later: Zika reflections and a look ahead

On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika, which is one of the most complex outbreak responses in the agency’s history.

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Thanks Dr. Tom Frieden

Inspiring leaders are essential to the success of organizations, but they are hard to find, especially those able to run a complex organization with responsibility for the health, safety and security of all Americans. During the past eight years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been fortunate to benefit from an outstanding leader, Tom Frieden, who this week will leave the agency with the transition of presidential administrations.

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An Evidence Review of the Health Effects of Marijuana

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides important perspective on the health effects of marijuana, and the CDC Foundation is pleased to have helped support this effort that can be used as a guide for additional research.

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We Couldn't Do It Without YOU!

December is a great time to reflect on the past year. By almost any measure, 2016 was eventful, with triumph as seen in the Summer Olympic Games and tragedy in the form of terrorist attacks in the United States and around the globe.

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Protecting Women from Zika in Puerto Rico

Last summer, Tashira, 22, of Puerto Rico got pregnant with her second child. Tashira didn’t plan to have another baby so soon, but she got pregnant when she ran out of birth control pills. During one summer visit to a health clinic in a San Juan shopping mall, Tashira disclosed her anxiety about the current Zika virus outbreak and the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and birth defects.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $360M in Tobacco Control Support

Over the last 10 years Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested millions of dollars in the fight against tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. The tobacco control investment has changed the global trajectory of tobacco use, with global sales of tobacco plateauing in 2012 and about 200 billion fewer cigarettes sold in 2014 than in 2010.

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Campaign Empowers Puerto Rican Women, Communities to Stop Zika

Dr. Christine Prue spent 75 days on the ground in Puerto Rico earlier this year, leading a team that interviewed hundreds of pregnant women to gain insights into their perspectives about Zika.

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Improving the Lives of People with Sickle Cell Disease

To provide the latest public health update on what we know about sickle cell disease, and how far we have come with understanding this disease, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds session. Mary Hulihan, Dr.P.H., a CDC health scientist who works on a CDC Foundation effort with CDC called the Sickle Cell Data Collection program, presented during this session.

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Raising Felix

Coralaideé Jiménez, a single mom living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, changes diapers, prepares bottles, and dresses her son, Felix, for school every day. And all night, she holds him. Felix is 11.

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World Polio Day Provides Focus on Progress toward a Polio-Free World

Sixty years ago few diseases struck as much fear in parents and children as polio. It’s difficult for us to imagine in the United States today, but in the 1940s and 1950s polio crippled an average of 35,000 people each year. Thanks to an aggressive vaccination effort, the United States has been polio-free since 1979, but people in many areas of the world continued to suffer the terrible effects of polio.

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UN General Assembly Elevates Antibiotic Resistance to Crisis Level

What do we do if antibiotics no longer work and are no longer the “miracle drug” we’ve all come to take for granted since at least the 1940s? This question was a key topic at the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City this week.

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