Category: health systems strengthening

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

FETP residents taking water samples to test for cholera (2013)

  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 Branch

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 RepublicTags , ,

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-ThailandTags , ,

Fresh Voices From the Field: The Value of Our Global Health Work

  This is the fourth in our ongoing “Fresh Voices From the Field” series, where we hear from ASPPH (Association of School and Programs of Public Health) Global Health Fellows working throughout the world. Global Health Fellows are recent Master of Public Health or Doctoral graduates placed in CDC global health offices in Atlanta and Read More >

Posted on by Chelsey Beane, MSPHTags , ,

Uganda Makes Impressive Progress on Health

  This blog was originally posted in the Huffington Post on August 8, 2013.   Last month I was in Uganda. As I planned for this trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Uganda is the only country served by the president’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with a rising HIV incidence; I anticipated Read More >

Posted on by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director1 CommentTags ,

Saving Mothers, Giving Life Explores “Mother Waiting Sheds”

  This is the fourth installment in a five-part series about efforts to save the lives of mothers in Africa through an initiative called Saving Mothers, Giving Life. Be sure to read the other four blog posts in this series.   Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is exploring an innovative concept aimed at reducing pre-delivery Read More >

Posted on by Erik Friedly, Associate Director for Communication, CDC-UgandaTags , ,

CDC in Thailand: Working abroad for global health security

Last week I traveled with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to visit our office in Thailand and to see first-hand examples of our successful collaboration with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), other health-related government and public agencies, and other USG agencies. Secretary Sebelius was deeply impressed by the CDC programs Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director2 CommentsTags , , ,

Protect Your World – Get Vaccinated: World Immunization Week 2013

Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a disease that could be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine. Millions more children survive but are left severely disabled. Vaccines have the power not only to save but also transform lives by protecting against disease—giving children a chance to grow up healthy, go to school, and Read More >

Posted on by Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director of CDC Global Immunization Division3 CommentsTags , , , , , , , , , ,

Risk Communication Capacity Building Workshop – Roseau, Dominica

  Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States received nearly 1.5 million tourists in 2012 alone according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.  Considering their total population of just under one million, this means that there were more people passing through than people actually living in this region. This is a region with a lot of mobility, both of Read More >

Posted on by Guest blogger: Thais dos Santos, PAHO/WHO Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean CountriesTags , , , , ,