Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures to protect the American people.
To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
As the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States. In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond just as we fortify our defenses at home. Every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be—as well.
Our strategy is predicated on four key goals:
Tiaji Salaam-Blyther Specialist in Global Health August 26, 2014
By Staff Writer
U.S. Embassy Apia
The United States has for decades invested in the health of Africa’s people, helped train its health and science professionals, and partnered with Africa to meet shared challenges.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus. The agency has been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the virus in collaboration with leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release July 28, 2014
Heam Theanglay is a village health volunteer in Cambodia’s Pursat province. She has tried for years to convince mothers in her area to use growth monitoring, a technique for tracking the relationship between a child’s weight and age. Although the practice can help ensure children develop properly, few mothers were monitoring their children’s growth.
Until recently, that is. With support from Feed the Future, growth monitoring has taken off among the 168 households of Wat Chre village.
With nutrition in mind, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture has been working with an international team of researchers to strengthen the value chain for African indigenous vegetables. Their work began in western Kenya with a food and farm training program established by the Academic Model Promoting Access to Health Care (AMPATH) health system.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut and Mycotoxin is using peanuts to improve the nutritional status of undernourished pregnant women in Malawi.
In developing countries, one of the fastest growing and most dangerous food safety risks is aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring fungal poisons found in crops and livestock products. Not only can they cause serious illness and even death in humans, but contaminated crops harm trade, animal health and human nutrition, including by stunting growth and development in children.
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera
TACLOBAN, Philippines, July 09, 2014 —
Medical specialists from Pacific Partnership 2014 fixed ventilators for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVMC) in Tacloban, July 9.
“We are working on getting their ventilators setup so they can use them on the pediatric patients,” said Lt. Cmdr. Luke Zabrocki.
Monrovia, Liberia—The U.S. Government has donated another supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the World Health Organization to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak which is affecting Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
By MC2 Karolina A. Oseguera
TAKEO, Cambodia, June 23, 2014 — U.S. Navy undersea medical specialists taught basic life support techniques to Cambodian deminers June 22 as part of Pacific Partnership 2014. The training was in support of the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation's efforts to address critical shortfalls in heavily-mine impacted countries across the globe.
Nine students took part in the training in a small classroom at the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), which is in charge of all mine action in Cambodia.
Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service. 02/10/2014
This 37-page document examines the impact of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which struck the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, and the U.S., Philippine, and international response. It discusses U.S. humanitarian efforts from four federal agencies, U.S.-Philippine relations, and possible economic effects of the typhoon. It also looks ahead to related policy issues.
Launched in 2003 by President George W. Bush, with strong bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is America’s commitment to fighting the global AIDS epidemic. Through shared responsibility and smart investments, PEPFAR is saving lives, building more secure families and helping to stabilize fragile nations. With the generous support of the American people, the U.S.
The U.S. Government will provide a new contribution of $25 million in assistance to address the dire humanitarian situation faced by displaced communities in Rakhine, Kachin, and the country’s Southeast region (southern Shan, Karen, Kayah, Mon States). The announcement follows a joint diplomatic mission undertaken by delegations from the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to Rakhine State 11-12 November 2013, and U.S. Mission visits to Kachin State 24-26 October and to Karen and Mon State 1-3 November, to witness the political and humanitarian situation there.