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03 Mar 2017 description

A case study published in The New England Journal of Medicine titled “Emergence of Indigenous Artemisinin-Resistant Plasmodium Falciparum in Africa,” details an individual case of delayed clearance of malaria parasites (an early sign of drug resistance) after a patient was treated with an artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) – the most effective antimalarial medicines available today.

19 Feb 2017 description

More than 8 million children in Indonesia suffer from stunted growth caused by undernutrition. That translates into a lifetime of missed opportunities as stunting increases a child’s risk for infections, delays brain development, and reduces academic achievement and earning potential. Chronic undernutrition in young children is often due to poor maternal health during pregnancy, insufficient nutrient intake, frequent childhood illness, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. But a concerted effort is underway to promote behavioral changes that can reduce stunting.

09 Dec 2016 description

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $39 million in funding to 23 health centers in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $1 million to two Primary Care Associations (PCAs) to help combat the Zika virus.

07 Dec 2016 description

Maryam Hasanova lives with her four children in southern Tajikistan. Like most women in her village, she has a husband who is out of the country. He works in Russia and sends money back home. To help stretch her husband’s income, Hasanova worked in the family’s vegetable garden in the hopes of providing her family with enough food. However, like many women in Tajikistan whose access to farming resources and information is limited, she was unfamiliar with basic farming techniques, leaving her family with meager harvests and a higher risk of undernutrition.

07 Dec 2016 description

Nditolai Longoni is a traditional birth attendant in northern Tanzania and a member of the Maasai tribe, a semi-nomadic people whose way of life has remained largely unchanged for centuries. To visit a Maasai village, like the one in Manyara region where Longoni lives, is to step back into a fascinating and ancient way of life. The Maasai are cattle herders, and animals are literally the lifeblood of the community. The tribe measures its wealth in cows, goats and sheep, and its diet consists almost exclusively of raw meat, raw milk and fresh animal blood.

01 Nov 2016 description

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced today the availability of $39 million for health centers in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands to expand the availability of preventive and primary health care services to meet immediate and anticipated Zika-related health care needs and enable health centers to expand services in response to other urgent and emergent primary health care needs.

18 Oct 2016 description

By Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2016 — The 400 service members who took part in humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Matthew’s wrath in Haiti are expected to return home in a couple of days, Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, told reporters at the Pentagon today.

“We were told to prepare for a two-week mission and I think that looks like it is going to be a pretty accurate timeline,” Tidd said of Joint Task Force-Matthew relief work conducted out of Port-au-Prince.

08 Sep 2016 description

L’Ambassadeur américain Peter Mulrean et le Directeur Général du Ministère de la Santé Publique, Gabriel Timothé, visitent la Clinique Communautaire de Martissant, et distribuent des kits de prévention contre le Zika à des femmes enceintes Dans la matinée du vendredi 2 septembre 2016, l’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis en Haïti, Monsieur Peter Mulrean, et le directeur général du Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP), le Dr. Gabriel Timothé, ont visité la Clinique Communautaire de Martissant qui est supportée par l’Agence Américaine pour le Développement International (USAID).

31 Aug 2016 description

Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States is committing up to $4.3 billion through 2019 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, subject to Congressional appropriations. We are committing to match one dollar for every two dollars in pledges made by other donors through September 30th, 2017.

30 Aug 2016 description

At 23 months old, Lucy Buoy weighed 11 pounds—just half the normal weight for a child of her age. Within only 2 months, however, her weight doubled, thanks to a Feed the Future-supported program run by a civil society organization that focuses on nutrition during the 1,000 days between a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday.

Lucy, though she had no other health conditions, was prone to illness because she was undernourished. The Community Support Initiative-Tanzania (COSITA) was called in to help after being notified that Lucy was not well.

26 Aug 2016 description

Summary: How investment can provide critical growth in countries recently affected by Ebola.

On behalf of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States, I recently led a delegation of investors to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Our aim, in both of these post-Ebola nations, was multifaceted.

12 Aug 2016 description

Coordinating with the government of Puerto Rico to help combat the virus, which puts thousands of pregnant women at risk

02 Aug 2016 description

A blood test that may reduce from days to hours the time needed to diagnose patients with recent Zika virus infections will receive advanced development support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

07 Jul 2016 description

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Kyiv that the United States is providing nearly $23 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help thousands of vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. This announcement brings the total of U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis to more than $135 million.

04 Jul 2016 description
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To capture critical lessons from the Ebola epidemic of 2014–2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked CNA to convene an independent panel of public health, healthcare, emergency response, and communication experts to review the Department’s international and domestic responses. This report summarizes the Independent Panel’s assessment of HHS’s challenges—and, where appropriate, challenges facing the broader U.S. government—and presents recommendations for addressing future urgent public health threats.

28 Jun 2016 description

To accelerate development of a Zika vaccine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will begin developing a vaccine using its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) in Baltimore, Maryland.

25 Jun 2016 description

International effort aims to prevent infections from Zika and other emerging diseases

To aid Brazil in developing a vaccine to protect people from Zika virus infection, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will join the World Health Organization (WHO) and international public health groups in providing funding and technical assistance to Brazil’s Butantan Institute, a biomedical research center and Brazilian government partner.

27 Apr 2016 description

Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $5 million in funding to 20 health centers in Puerto Rico to further combat the Zika virus disease. Health centers will use this funding to expand voluntary family planning services, including contraceptive services, outreach and education, and to hire more staff.

08 Mar 2016 description

International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways OPIC-supported projects are helping the world’s women.