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Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure

The world is facing the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. On August 8, 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because it was determined to be an ‘extraordinary event’ with public health risks to other countries. The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious considering the following factors:

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Ebola outbreak speeds up efforts to find a vaccine

08/01/2014 17:55 GMT

by Kerry SHERIDAN

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - There is no vaccine on the world market to protect against the deadly Ebola virus, but experts say the fast-growing outbreak in West Africa is speeding efforts to test one.

The first attempts to develop a vaccine for the hemorrhagic fever began shortly after it first emerged in 1976, but lack of funding from the pharmaceutical industry has long stalled these efforts, according to scientists.

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Up to $1,000 a day to care for child migrants: US lawmakers

07/17/2014 00:44 GMT

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - As US lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked Wednesday to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the US border.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, have been caught entering the country illegally since last October, and President Barack Obama has asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address what he has called an "urgent humanitarian solution."

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$3.25 Million in Aid to Help Sandy Survivors

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Response continues for families in struggling communities

In the first three months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, AmeriCares has provided $3.25 million in aid, benefiting an estimated 378,000 people struggling to recover.

Our emergency response team continues to work to ease the suffering of victims in hard-hit areas of New York and New Jersey, with:

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Red Cross Sandy response continues

Posted January 16, 2013

Months after Hurricane Sandy devastated neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey, the American Red Cross continues to provide food, water, health services and emotional support in the affected communities.

Almost 1,000 Red Cross disaster workers are still responding in the two states. To date, more than 16,500 workers have been assigned to the Sandy response, the large majority volunteers.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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$2.5 Million in Aid to Help Sandy Survivors

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Response continues for families in struggling communities

Thanks to an outpouring of support from individuals and companies worldwide, AmeriCares has provided $2.5 million in aid, benefiting an estimated 318,000 people struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Our Hurricane Sandy relief teams have been working nonstop to ease the suffering of victims in hard-hit areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, delivering:

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$1.6 Million in Aid to Help Sandy Survivors Update

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Large-scale hurricane response continues

December 3, 2012

Thanks to an outpouring of support from individuals and companies worldwide, AmeriCares has provided $1.6 million in aid, benefiting an estimated 250,000 people struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Our Hurricane Sandy relief teams have been working nonstop to ease the suffering of victims in hard-hit areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, delivering:

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$1 million in aid to help Sandy survivors

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AmeriCares large scale hurricane response—totaling $1 million in overall aid to date, continued throughout the Thanksgiving holiday. A Thanksgiving turkey dinner for 500—with all of the trimmings—was served at a Nassau Community College shelter operated by the American Red Cross.

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Federal support to New York for the response to hurricane Sandy

Release date: NOVEMBER 11, 2012 Release Number: NR-018

NEW YORK CITY — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $300 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.

FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 11:

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Doctors without Border on first US mission

11/10/2012 09:34 GMT

by Jennifer Weiss

NEW YORK, Nov 10, 2012 (AFP) - The group Doctors Without Borders has aided victims of war and disease in countries like Sudan, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Now, they are on their first mission in the United States -- helping victims of Sandy, the megastorm that brought historic destruction to the New York metropolitan area.

By last Saturday, medical teams were on the ground in the Rockaways, a hard-hit section of Queens, as well as Staten Island, New Jersey and Brooklyn.

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Doctors Without Borders Teams Filling Gaps in Medical Aid for People Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Medical and Psychological Care Provided in Shelters and Residential Areas in New York City Boroughs of Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Hoboken, New Jersey

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DOD provides update for hurricane Sandy response

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2012 –

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Gulf Coast Residents Cleaning Up, Facing Health Risks

More than two weeks after Isaac began its path of destruction, the American Red Cross relief effort continues along the Gulf Coast.

The Red Cross will be in the region for weeks to come, providing help and comfort to people in need. Hundreds of people are still in shelters, some areas are still without power and entire communities are cleaning up after the flooding. Red Cross emergency response vehicles are a welcome sight throughout the area, bringing people cold drinks, hot meals, clean-up supplies and a shoulder to lean on.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Update: Isaac response continues

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Written by Damon Taugher, Director of USA Programs on September 7, 2012

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Red Cross Provides Food, Shelter to Hundreds Hit by Isaac

A week after Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana, the American Red Cross continues to help those affected by the storm.

A week after Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana, the American Red Cross continues to help those affected by the storm.

On Monday night, approximately 830 people stayed in 16 Red Cross or community shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi. Along with giving people a safe place to stay, the Red Cross is also serving thousands of meals a day in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention—more than 267,000 meals and snacks so far.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Isaac Relief Team Helps Families in Louisiana and Mississippi

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Emergency aid distributed to survivors in hard-hit communities and evacuation shelters

September 1, 2012

An AmeriCares emergency relief team traveled to Gulfport, MS and Alexandria, LA August 30-September 1 to distribute medical and humanitarian aid to families displaced by Hurricane Isaac, and to identify needs for upcoming shipments.

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Responding to Isaac and excessive flooding along Gulf Coast

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The Direct Relief Emergency Response Team has been in continual contact with dozens of partners along the Gulf Coast, monitoring health needs and offering its emergency supply of medicine and medical supplies to the hurricane and tornado affected areas.

Isaac, which was weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday, is still dumping heavy rains and bringing excessive flooding along the Northern Gulf Coast. It has been reported that over 975,000 people are without power in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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New Aid to Help Colorado Wildfire Survivors

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Urgently requested respiratory medicines, first aid and relief supplies sent today

A new shipment of emergency medical aid is underway to help families who have fled their homes as Colorado wildfires still roar out of control in some areas.

The latest shipment, sent in response to an urgent request from a partner clinic, includes respiratory medicines to treat patients with chronic conditions who are exposed to smoke inhalation. The delivery is part of a series of emergency shipments to help displaced families and first responders in fire-ravaged communities:

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Red Cross Shelters Hundreds as Wildfires Burn

Thursday, June 28, 2012 — The American Red Cross is helping hundreds of people across the country as wildfires continue to burn in the West and floodwaters from Tropical Depression Debby remain high in Florida.

Western Wildfires

Thirteen Red Cross shelters were open Wednesday night in Colorado, Utah and Montana, and the Red Cross continues to provide shelter, meals and emotional support to evacuated residents.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Global Health and Child Survival - Progress Report to Congress 2010–2011

Foreword

In the last 20 years, the world has saved more than 50 million children’s lives and reduced maternal mortality by one-third. These accomplishments have been the result of good science, good management, bipartisan political support, the engagement of USAID and many other U.S. Government agencies, and the participation of faith-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector.