Public Health

  • Ebola Teaches Us That Public Health Preparedness Requires Ethics Preparedness
    Today the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues reported that the federal government has both a prudential and a moral responsibility to actively participate in coordinated global responses to public health emergencies wherever they arise. "The Ebola ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Evidence Helps Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against Ebola
    One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, the latest findings from a Cochrane review show new ways of hydrating patients in critical-care environments across the world. The study, published today in the Cochrane Library, will give healthcare workers ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Keeping Communities Safe from Ebola-Contaminated Waste
    Every day, every bed in an Ebola treatment unit creates approximately 300 liters of liquid waste. Managing this waste has been a challenge in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with partners to ensure this waste is effectively ...More
    February 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • HHS Invests in Enhancing Domestic Preparedness Efforts for Ebola
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA): the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities. This funding opportunity will award a total of $194,500,000 to states and other ...More
    February 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Data Reveal Dramatic Impact of Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) Strategy
    The Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy is helping to end the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to new data reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The strategy—a rapid, coordinated response to Ebola cases in remote ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • More Progress Needed to Control MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia
    A team of experts from  the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and Institut Pasteur in France concluded a mission to Saudi Arabia to assess the current situation of the ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Calls for Worldwide Use of 'Smart' Syringes
    Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all healthcare programs ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Urges Governments to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and wellbeing of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1 percent of ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Conducts Inquiry into Melioidosis Illness at Tulane National Research Center
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), continues to work with Tulane University and state and local officials to assess and respond to the bacterial illness of two ...More
    February 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Humanitarian Advocates for Stronger Global Treaty in Light of Ebola Outbreak
    The West Africa Ebola outbreak has shone a spotlight on lapses in the 2007 International Health Regulations (IHR) Treaty, which was intended to improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify, and respond to public health threats of international concern. ...More
    February 19, 2015 Posted in News