Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, ASG/RADM (Ret.), USPHS, contributed a legacy of extraordinary leadership to CDC and unyielding dedication and contributions to the field of epidemiology and to public health science. This fund honors Dr. Thacker's life and service to public health as well as his passion for the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Your gift will help support EIS and CDC’s Disease Detective Camps for high school students. This fund also supports the prestigious Stephen B. Thacker Champion Award, which is given out each year at the EIS Conference, as well as supports special projects on an as-needed basis for the Stephen B. Thacker Library at CDC.
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Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, ASG/RADM (Ret.), USPHS, contributed a legacy of extraordinary leadership to CDC and unyielding dedication and contributions to the field of epidemiology and to public health science, including helping to identify Legionnaires disease. He was dedicated to his family, friends and community and is truly missed. Read his full bio
The Thacker Family established the Stephen B. Thacker Fund at the CDC Foundation to honor his legacy.
CDC employs more than 1,500 staff in 50+ countries around the world. This fund provides financial relief to locally employed staff who are impacted by adverse conditions in the field.
These health workers are essential to CDC's work overseas, ensuring the sustainability and diversity of CDC's global programs. As these staff are often the primary breadwinners for their families, assistance from the Compassion Fund can be extremely helpful in an emergency situation.
In rural western Kenya, only 40 percent of pregnant women deliver in a healthcare facility. Your gift of $15 to the CDC Foundation's Safe Delivery in Kenya program will help CDC and its partners provide transportation to a healthcare facility for expecting mothers and ensure that women giving birth in a facility or at home have access to a safe delivery kit and blood supply.
CDC has a significant presence in Kenya, working with partners to protect people, save lives and turn science into action. Key activities include working with partners to conduct disease surveillance, research on protecting people from malaria—particularly pregnant women, and programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
CDC-Kenya works with healthcare providers and community health workers to help ensure that both mothers and newborns are protected from infections and complications during delivery. In Kenya, 7,700 women die each year from complications caused by pregnancy and childbirth despite the fact that almost 90 percent of them are preventable. The leading causes of maternal death in Kenya are from obstetric complications such as severe bleeding, obstructed labor and indirect causes such as AIDS/HIV, malaria and TB, which are aggravated during pregnancy. Healthcare providers and community health workers often do not have access to adequate supplies and equipment needed for a safe delivery due to funding gaps.
CDC-Kenya: Protecting Mothers and Babies from Deadly Health Threats
To prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, CDC-Kenya works to ensure that pregnant women receive routine HIV testing, that HIV-infected mothers and their exposed infants receive anti-retroviral therapy and that families receive education on safe infant feeding practices.To contribute to the world's knowledge about how best to protect pregnant women from malaria, CDC-Kenya conducts research on intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp). Within this research context, CDC-Kenya has been able to provide participating mothers health education, free transportation to deliver in a healthcare facility and waived delivery costs, which has resulted in over 90% of the participants delivering at a health facility.
Funding provided to the CDC Foundation's Safe Delivery for Mothers in Kenya program will allow CDC to extend free transportation and supplies for safe delivery to pregnant women outside the IPTp research study. CDC-Kenya conducts door-to-door interviews every four months in three districts in western Kenya to collect data on births, deaths, illnesses and pregnancies. As researchers visit households to collect data, thanks to contributions to the CDC Foundation program, they are able to distribute safe delivery kits and offer transportation for pregnant women to a healthcare facility for delivery.
In 1984, Drs. Bob Chen and Katy Irwin learned that an international member of their Epidemic Intelligence Service class was going to have to quit the two-year program because her funding had fallen through at the last moment. Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had no way of providing financial assistance to international participants in its varied public health training courses, the two young physicians decided to remedy this situation by establishing the Atlanta International Health Fellowship (AIHF) program.
With help from other CDC employees and retirees, they set about raising funds and then formed a partnership with Emory University, which provided free tuition to one individual each year to attend Emory's International Course in Applied Epidemiology. They also formed a partnership with Villa International, which provided free housing to the AIHF recipient.
In 1997, a grant from The Tull Charitable Foundation was added to existing funds, and the Atlanta International Health Fellowship became the first endowed fund at the CDC Foundation. Since the first fellowships were awarded in 1991, 25 individuals from over 22 countries have received stipends to cover costs of travel, tuition and lodging as they enrich their public health expertise at CDC.