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Frontline health workers have incredibly tough jobs. Almost always they have competing priorities, with only a limited number of resources at their disposal. These are the doctors, nurses and support staff who work at the point of care. These are the people who deliver our babies, help keep us healthy, and heal us when we Read More >

Posted on by Amalia Benke, MPH, Health Scientist, Global Immunization Division3 CommentsTags , , ,

An Important Partnership in Central America

Central America

  On the streets of Tegucigalpa or San Salvador or Santo Domingo or in the capitals of five other Central American countries, few people would be able to provide an answer to this question: What is the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America’s (COMISCA)? Despite the understandable lack of awareness, COMISCA has emerged Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Nelson Arboleda, CDC Central American Regional Office DirectorLeave a commentTags , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The High Stakes in Fighting Ebola: Leave One Burning Ember and the Epidemic Could Re-Ignite

A banner encouraging people suffering from Ebola to go immediately to a health center for treatment is seen on a sidewalk in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. While the Ebola virus outbreak has now reached four countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone account for more than 60 percent of the deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak that emerged in March has claimed at least 932 lives. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

  This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post on August 7, 2014.   CDC and our partners are currently fighting the biggest and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease ever recorded. There are hundreds of cases in West Africa and now a new cluster of cases in Nigeria is very concerning. The Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of CDC3 CommentsTags , ,

World Cup serving as real-world test for new disease detection technology

World Cup soccer ball

    With the World Cup underway in all its frenzied glory, you can be forgiven for missing another major effort currently underway in Brazil that represents the first large scale, real-life, real-world test of important new technology. And no, it’s not the goal-line technology that’s being used for the first time at soccer’s biggest Read More >

Posted on by Ilanit Kateb, MBA, Public Health Advisor, CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Branch1 CommentTags , , , ,

FETP Work in South Sudan Benefits the Whole World

I’ve been with the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) for 2.5 years now, where I am currently the resident advisor (RA) in South Sudan. My epidemiology training has provided me with the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experiences; prior to joining FETP, I served as an epidemiologist with Médecins Sans Frontières-Switzerland (MSF-CH), working Read More >

Posted on by James Ransom, PhD, MPH, CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program Branch1 CommentTags , , , , , , ,

Mozambique FELTP fellows evaluate impact of malaria bed net campaign

One thing is to read a protocol, and quite another to write a protocol, do the field work, and see it through to the end" - Geraldo Chambe, FELTP resident

Four Mozambican epidemiologists-in-training spent a month walking up to ten kilometers a day to make sure that one of the most effective malaria control interventions was reaching the poorest Mozambicans. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Mozambique, and insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the key malaria control measures. Since 2007, the U.S. Read More >

Posted on by Mateusz Plucinski, PhD, MPH, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Malaria BranchLeave a commentTags , , , ,

CDC Supports the Ministry of Health in Guatemala in the Creation of a National Public Health Institute

Guatemala National Public Institute Director, Ministry of Health Guatemala, Mayari Centeno MD, MPH (left) and CDC - Central American Regional Office Director, Nelson Arboleda, MD, MPH (right) meet with CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH (center) in CDC-Atlanta, February 2014.

  Big things often start small. So do success stories. For proof, simply look to CDC’s work – and history – in Central America. From a single field station established more than 40 years ago in El Salvador by CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases; CDC today has a broad and respected presence across Central America and Read More >

Posted on by Nelson Arboleda, MD MPH, Director - CDC Central American Regional Office2 CommentsTags , , ,

Improving Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Response in the Latin American and Caribbean Region through the Field Epidemiology Training Program

  With increased global travel, everyone is more vulnerable to emerging and reemerging public health threats. This vulnerability is why every country needs a team of highly trained epidemiologists that can detect and rapidly respond to outbreaks and is why CDC is committed to working with countries to establish and support Field Epidemiology Training Programs Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Victor Caceres, CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program BranchLeave a comment

CDC Collaborations with the Ministry of Health in Dominican Republic Result in Measurable Public Health Gains

For a relatively small country where CDC established a full-time country office only five years ago, the Dominican Republic is suddenly drawing attention. It’s easy to see why. The Dominican Republic is a popular vacation destination with 1.4 million Americans visiting each year. The country has a unique relationship with its neighbor, Haiti, the poorest Read More >

Posted on by Oliver Morgan, MSc PhD FFPH, CDC Country Director for Dominican RepublicLeave a commentTags , ,

The Value of CDC’s Work in Thailand

    When I became country director in 2013 the relationships between Thailand’s public health officials and CDC were already strong and well established. That wasn’t surprising. CDC’s collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, after all, began 30 years ago and the partnership has been prospering  – and expanding – ever since. And there is Read More >

Posted on by Mitch Wolfe, MD MPH, Director, CDC-ThailandLeave a commentTags , ,
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