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.
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.
Every year, on May 31, countries around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day, which highlights effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on plain packaging, which is a tobacco control strategy related to health warnings. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colors and brand images or promotional information on tobacco packaging.
On Monday, the last known Ebola patient in Sierra Leone walked out of the Mateneh Ebola treatment center. According to news reports, Adama Sankoh was met with a festive ceremony upon exiting the Freetown, Sierra Leone, clinic as a healthy, Ebola-free woman. Her discharge from the facility marks the beginning of the West African nation’s 42-day countdown and waiting period for any new cases of Ebola.
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.
Over the last seven years of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, we have followed the axiom that “public health problems that can be measured can be changed.” Monitoring an epidemic helps to determine the scope of a problem and identify the appropriate intervention approaches.
Last year, Walgreens Company donated 375,000 doses of influenza vaccine to the government of Laos in support of a collaborative effort between CDC, WHO and the Lao Ministry of Health to develop the country’s influenza public heath capacities. Building on last year’s success, CDC, with the CDC Foundation, broadened the public-private partnership and formed a coalition to continue the campaign.
The number of people worldwide covered by at least one life-saving tobacco control measure has more than doubled in the last five years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013, about 2.3 billion people now benefit from at least one effective tobacco control measure. The report, released today in Panama City, focuses on bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization recently published a study that shows more than 7 million lives will be saved around the world by 2050 as a result of tobacco control measures put into place between 2007 and 2010.
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.