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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it is arranging and funding shipments of blood products from the continental United States to Puerto Rico to ensure an adequate supply of safe blood for island residents as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico experiences active mosquito-borne Zika transmission. The first batch of blood products arrived in Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 5.
Antibody Isolated from Ebola Survivor Can Advance to Clinical Trials
By Staff Sgt. Alexander Riedel
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS -- Military members from six nations joined together for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief deployment throughout the region of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Feb. 14-18.
The deployment is part of Cope North 16, a multilateral exercise, including the U.S. Air Force and air forces from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, February 11 , 2016 – The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a new health and nutrition program that will operate in western Khatlon Province. U.S. Ambassador Elisabeth Millard, Deputy of Khatlon Khukumat Mahfirat Khidirzoda, and First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan Saida Umarzoda officially opened the new Feed the Future.
USAID’s new activity will optimize the power of health communication to transform Ethiopia’s public health system
Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes. The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika; provide public health laboratories with diagnostic tests; and detect and report cases both domestically and internationally.
Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $601 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $5.1 billion since the start of the crisis. Secretary Kerry also announced more than $290 million in U.S. development assistance for education to Jordan and Lebanon.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 04, 2016
Geneva, 1 February 2016: UNITAID and IVCC (Innovative Vector Control Consortium) today announced an initiative to expand the use of new anti-malarial insecticides to maintain the important role of mosquito control in combating malaria.
Gondar, Ethiopia, January 28, 2016– The U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), handed over a newly built comprehensive outpatient facility that improves the quality of comprehensive outpatient services and education at Gondar University. The United States has provided USD 9.1 million through the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the construction of the new facility.
Refugee children and adolescents exhibit resilience despite a history of trauma. However, trauma can affect a refugee child’s emotional and behavioral development.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, November 25, 2015 — Human error, procedural missteps and technical failures contributed to the attack on a Doctors Without Borders trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, Army Gen. John F. Campbell said in Kabul today.
Speaking via teleconference, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan briefed the press on the results of the U.S. investigation into the incident that left 30 people dead and 37 wounded.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable disease that spreads through the air. When left untreated, persons with TB can infect 10 to15 other people each year. Even though this disease is treatable and curable, the scope of TB as a disease in India is both wide and complex.
India carries the highest burden of TB in the world – an estimated 2.2 million new cases. A staggering 220,000 deaths are reported annually. More than 110,000 people are co-infected with HIV/AIDS and TB.