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Eight ways Ebola threatens the children of West Africa

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

Reposted from Fox News, January 16, 2015

Liberian children captured on camera by CDC's Justin Williams in 2014.

Liberian children captured on camera by CDC’s Justin Williams in 2014. (Justin Williams/CDC)

While visiting Macenta in rural Guinea, I saw a woman joyously bouncing a young child on her knees, making animated expressions and encouraging and entertaining the child. The woman was a survivor of Ebola, and the child had just been ruled out for the disease – even though her parents had both died from it. In the next tent, an infant was recovering from Ebola, being cared for by her own mother, an Ebola survivor.

In any emergency, children are among the most vulnerable population. The Ebola epidemic has been especially devastating to children in in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

CDC Chief: Thank you for helping us protect ourselves and not be afraid.

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

Reposted from Fox News, December 22, 2014

More than 170 of CDC’s top staff are in West Africa focused on stopping the current Ebola epidemic and leaving behind stronger public health systems that will be better able to prevent the next epidemic and protect the people of West Africa, the United States, and the world.

Today I’m posting the first of an occasional series highlighting our work. These photos are from our International Infection Control Team and their work in N’Zérékoré and Macenta, Guinea. They’re supporting infection control improvements in health facilities by providing infection control and prevention training to front line health care workers.

To date, Guinea has had over 2,400 confirmed Ebola cases, 126 of which have been among healthcare workers.

The initial training is planned to reach the nearly 2,000 healthcare workers in three of Guinea’s prefectures with the highest rates of Ebola — N’Zérékoré, Macenta, and Kerouane — before expanding to other parts of the country.

Every day, CDC staff members and their colleagues across West Africa are hearing, “Thank you for helping us protect ourselves and not be afraid.”

CDC staff will be in West Africa continuing to fight the Ebola epidemic until the last spark is extinguished. The vulnerability of any country is our vulnerability as well.

Guest Blog: Calling all Innovators to Help Fight Ebola

Categories: Health Protection

Posted by  on Thursday, October 9th 2014

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on “USAID From the American People Blog.” See the original post here.External Web Site Icon

Saving lives at birth. Powering clean energy solutions in agriculture. Inventing new tools to teach a child to read. Across development, we’re calling on the world’s brightest minds to tackle our toughest challenges. In the last few years, we have helped launch five Grand Challenges for Development that have rallied students and scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs to tackle some of humanity’s toughest problems.

Today, we face just that kind of challenge—a global health crisis that is in dire need of new ideas and bold solutions. From Guinea to Liberia to Sierra Leone, Ebola is devastating thousands of families, disrupting growth, and fraying the fabric of society. The United States is helping lead the global response to the epidemic, but we cannot do it alone. That is why President Obama launched our sixth Grand Challenge. Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development is designed provide health care workers on the front lines with better tools to battle Ebola.

Guest Blog: The President Meets with Senior Staff to Discuss the U.S. Response to Ebola

Categories: Health Protection


By: David Hudson, Associate Director of Content for the Office of Digital Strategy, White House

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on “The White House Blog.” See the original post here.

This afternoon, President Obama met with his senior health, homeland security, and national security advisors to review the United States’ response to the Ebola epidemic.

The participants discussed the Ebola case in Dallas, Texas; the United States’ broader preparedness plans; and both domestic and international efforts to contain and end the epidemic. Participants also discussed options to enhance airport screening in the United States and the need to tackle Ebola at its source in West Africa, where the United States has launched a civilian-led whole-of-government effort that leverages the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to help bring the epidemic under control.

Preparing America’s Hospitals, Health Care Facilities, and Health Care Providers for Ebola

Categories: Health Protection

Safety GearSince the first appearance of Ebola in West Africa earlier this year, CDC has been working to prepare the American health care system for the diagnosis and safe care of a patient with Ebola here on our shores.

We have learned immensely from this first U.S.-diagnosed case and we are implementing additional actions to make sure health care workers and hospitals around the nation are as prepared and informed as possible.

CDC is committed to making sure every U.S. health care system and health care worker is prepared for Ebola. Key is first noting if the patient exhibits symptoms consistent with Ebola, and if so, working with that patient using the most meticulous infection control procedures, and then taking a careful and complete travel history of each patient who comes in their door.

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