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CDC & Global Health Security: Partnership in Africa

Global health security is more important now than ever. New diseases are occurring and spreading, drug resistance is rising, and more laboratories are working with dangerous bacteria and viruses. Even though global travel and trade increase these risks, progress is being made to address these challenges through U.S.-Africa partnerships...

Partnership between the Pakistan FELTP and the Pakistan Armed Forces to Improve Skills in Applied Epidemiology and Outbreak Response in Pakistan

In Pakistan, as with many countries around the world, when a natural disaster occurs, the armed forces are normally called upon to assist. Recent examples in Pakistan include the earthquake in Kashmir in 2005 which killed more than 75,000 persons and the devastating floods in 2010 which caused 20% of Pakistan’s total land area to come under water and affected 20 million people...

Chikungunya: A new mosquito-borne disease hits the Western Hemisphere, including the United States

Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all across the Americas have been tracking the spread of the chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye) virus since December 2013 when it was first discovered in the Caribbean on Saint Martin...

Mass Gathering Preparedness - A Global Health Security Victory for All at World Cup in Brazil

Thirty-two teams are set to take their shot toward victory at the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football AssociationExternal Web Site Icon (FIFA) World Cup this summer. Brazil is geared up to host more than three million fans from all corners of the world. U.S. World Cup ticket purchases far outnumber those of any other non-host nation, and CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) is taking aim to help our team and its supporters stay healthy during their World Cup quest...

Communication plays an important role in responding to global health outbreaks. Here CDC’s Dr. Pierre Rollin answers media questions about Ebola as part of CDC’s team deployed to Guinea. U.S. Ambassador to Guinea, Alexander Mark Laskaris, is to Dr. Rollin’s left.Importance of Communication in Outbreak Response: Ebola

As the crowd at the U.S. Embassy in Conakry, Guinea was gathering in early April, Craig Manning decided to play a hunch, even though—on paper—the meeting could have been mistaken for yet another routine and unremarkable exercise....

South Sudanese immunization officers working on a case study to apply new knowledge.Train, Motivate, Mentor: Strengthening Immunization Systems in East Africa

The “clues” were everywhere. And in this case in rural South Sudan there were as many rumors as facts about an outbreak of yellow fever in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. So when Surveillance Officer David Deng began investigating, he followed a newly-learned approach that stressed discipline, thoroughness and data...

The Beginning of the End of Malaria in Haiti?

“Test before treatment,” Jeanine Hyppolite repeats the words over and over like a mantra. “I was very impressed by that. It works.” Jeanine is standing in the Solino Health Center in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince, and she’s describing the effects of the national malaria program training she attended ...

Dr. Adam L. Cohen nominated for prestigious Charles C. Shepard Science Award

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) South Africa’s Influenza Program Director in the South Africa Regional Global Disease Detection Centre, Dr. Adam L. Cohen, was recently nominated for the prestigious Charles C. Shepard Science Award...

SURVAC Helps Improve Disease Detection and Response in Central African CountriesSURVAC Helps Improve Disease Detection and Response in Central African Countries

Elisabeth Pukuta Simbu is a biologist at the national laboratory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where she and her colleagues detect devastating vaccine preventable illnesses such as rotavirus diarrhea and bacterial meningitis....

On the Path to Sustainability: Combination HIV Prevention and Surveillance and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Key Populations in Central America

In Central America, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is concentrated with low prevalence among the general population, but high prevalence among certain sub-groups...

Lymphatic filariasis: Komi’s Story

Komi began farming at the age of eleven. He always loved the land in his village of Pouda in the Doufelgou district of Togo, West Africa. He took pride in providing for his wife and five children...

Success Stories: Disease Detectives in Ethiopia, Part 2

A strange illness was spreading throughout Tigray, the northern region of Ethiopia. The Ethiopia Ministry of Health and Ethiopia Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) asked CDC and other partners to help them investigate...

Success Stories: Disease Detectives in Ethiopia, Part 1

A strange new illness was spreading throughout Tigray, the northern region of Ethiopia. In this dry, mountainous area, people living in remote homes and villages were coming down with what appeared to be the same unknown disease...

Baby Hope's Battle with TBBaby Hope’s Battle With TB

In Kenya, an 8-month-old baby girl named Hope was very ill—she was losing weight and her mother, who was also ill, didn’t know what was wrong...

Thinking outside the Box: Innovations in Preventing Hepatitis B at Birth

Babies born into this world deserve a shot at being healthy. One of the best ways to give babies a good, healthy start is to get them the vaccines they need, when they need them...

Strength in Numbers: Nigeria & CDC Work to End Polio 

The question seems so simple: How do you finish the job when success seems so close? It’s being asked right now by public health officials in Nigeria, along with partners from CDC...

Vaccine Research Will Accelerate Eradication of Polio

The 21st century has seen a multitude of public health victories. Among them is the elimination of wild polio virus (WPV) in over 100 countries worldwide, thanks to successful vaccination programs...

Dr Ehimario U. IgumborAssociate Professor Before 29 Years

One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) South Africa’s own team, Dr Ehimario U. Igumbor, an epidemiologist in the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch, made the cover page of the December 2013 issue The Nigerian Voice ...

The Importance of Folic Acid: Anifa’s Story

Anifa is an 18-month-old girl who was born with spina bifida, a serious birth defect of the spine. Like most children with spina bifida, Anifa is paralyzed and has no bowel or bladder control. She lives with her family in a village in Nigeria where there is no primary health center to help her.

Seasonal Influenza: Austin's Story, the Call to Get Vaccinated, and Global Progress Toward Prevention

On a winter morning two years ago, a previously healthy, athletic 17-year-old boy named Austin Booth awoke feeling ill, but took some medicine and pushed through his day the best he could. The next morning he was coughing up blood; his mother called the doctor, who sent him immediately to the emergency room.

Identifying risks and changing behavior protects the lives of village doctors in rural China

China has the second highest Tuberculosis (TB) burden in the world with 5.23 million TB patients; approximately 350,000 of these have multi-drug-resistant (MDR-TB). Many TB patients in China are low-income rural residents who often first seek medical care in village clinics.

Making childbirth safer helps China, U.S. CDC, and WHO reduce the threat of chronic hepatitis B virus and neonatal and maternal tetanus

In 2012, the World Health organization recognized China for two major public health accomplishments. The nation exceeded the WHO Western Pacific Regional goal of reducing the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus infection among children less than five years of age and eliminated neonatal and maternal tetanus.

Culturally appropriate care for a unique population living with HIV/AIDS in rural China

The Yi ethnic minority is one of the most ancient populations in China. Culturally and linguistically distinct from the Mandarin-speaking Han ethnic majority, the Yi have historically faced significant barriers to medical care and have the highest rate of HIV/AIDS among China’s 56 ethnic groups.

Foodborne disease in China - Physician behavior change helps both patients and public health

In China, physicians often prescribe antibiotics without conducting proper laboratory tests. "Testing often does not give positive results and it takes time, so I would rather treat my patients rather than wait for nothing," said one physician from a general hospital in Guangdong.

A new approach for Couples Testing and Counseling is adopted nationwide in China

Xaio Lin and Wang Kai participated in a male couples HIV counseling and testing program at Chengdu Tongle Gay Care Organization. The test results showed that Xiao Lin was HIV-positive and Wang Kai was HIV-negative.

Discovering influenza disease and economic burden

Influenza is one of the leading causes of illness and death in children, and young children play a key role in the spread of influenza in their families, schools, and communities.

One World, One Health - Studying the link between animal and human disease transmission in China

China is one of the few countries that has been affected by the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 endemic, and U.S. CDC’s presence in China offers the two countries an opportunity to collaborate on research on this global health problem.

Laboratory staff demonstrate the point-of-care machine used in the study to test CD4 cell counts.Improving HIV Diagnosis and Linkage to Care: Point-of-Care Tests

While antiretroviral therapy is now more widely available in Kenya, expanding clinical and laboratory services and providing better linkage to care for those who test HIV positive is critical to ensuring that more people receive HIV care and treatment.

CDC in Thailand: 30 years of partnership in improving health and preventing disease

CDC recently marked 30 years of collaboration with the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). This partnership has created new disease prevention and intervention strategies that have saved lives and improved health in Thailand and across Southeast Asia and increased health security of the U.S.

Sweetness in the South, Saltiness in the North, Freshness in the East, and Hotness in the West

Gao Yujuan doesn't suffer from hypertension but it does affect her life. Yujuan’s parents are among the 160 million people in China with hypertension. Hypertension is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, both of which are leading causes of death in China.

Fostering Ownership of Childhood Immunization Data in Democratic Republic of CongoFostering Ownership of Childhood Immunization Data in Democratic Republic of Congo

Imagine having to balance your check book to decide if you could afford to make a major purchase if you had no idea of how much money you have in your account or how much you’ve spent. The best you can do is guess. In order to effectively balance your check book and make your purchase, you need accurate information (data)...

Lymphatic filariasisLymphatic filariasis: Indumati’s story

Before becoming involved with one of India’s programs that help people with lymphatic filariasis (LF) manage their symptoms, Indumati was one of the millions of LF patients with little hope that her pain, social isolation, and disfigurement would ever improve. A native resident of Orissa, India, where nearly half of the population has LF, Indumati is a 58-year-old widow and mother of seven.

GEMS TeamDefeating Diarrhea: CDC and Partners Tackle Causes and Consequences in Kenya and Beyond

“What if we lost 50 city buses full of children today?” asks Michael Beach, the associate director for healthy water in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. “That’s 2,195 children—the number who die daily of diarrhea around the world. That’s more than die from AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.

Young Haitian children at play. Photo courtesy of Rania Tohme/CDC.CDC and Partners Protect Haitian Children against Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Immunization is considered the first line of public health defense and one of the most efficient and cost-effective public health interventions in the world. CDC is working in Haiti to increase national vaccination coverage for all routine vaccines and introduce new vaccines to protect children from preventable diseases.

ImageCDC and global partners kick start new communications strategy to encourage polio vaccinations in Democratic Republic of Congo

While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had been one of the countries that had stopped polio transmission in the past, poor vaccination...

Strengthening Laboratory Services and Systems in the Caribbean Region

A strong national public health laboratory system is essential for detecting and responding effectively to HIV and other diseases...

Building to Last: CDC Partner Leaves Proud Legacy in South Africa

On a sweltering February day in East London (affectionately known as Buffalo City) in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, representatives from the regional South African government...

Strengthening the African Health Workforce

In response, CDC launched a four-year initiative, the African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives (ARC), that builds the capacity of nursing and midwifery regulatory councils in east, central and southern Africa.

Uganda Blood Transfusion Service Headquarters

In the early years of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, a safe blood supply was a critical concern for stopping the transmission of HIV for developed and developing countries alike.

Laboratory Accreditation Program to Strengthen Health Systems

On July 27, 2009, in Kigali, Rwanda, with critical support from CDC's Division of Global HIV/AIDS, 140 host government laboratory personnel, health experts and policymakers from 12 African countries...

Public-Private Partnership Strengthens Global Laboratory Systems

Deficiencies in the health care systems in most countries supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are enormous, and no single entity...

Improving Blood Safety in Uganda

In the early years of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, a safe blood supply was a critical concern for stopping the transmission of HIV for developed and developing countries alike...

ImageSiyayinqoba: Beat It! Conquers Fear of HIV Testing

Siyayinqoba Beat It!, a South African magazine show produced by the Community Health Media Trust (CMT) discusses hard-hitting topics about people living with HIV...

CDC Meets With African Countries to Discuss Influenza Surveillance CDC Meets With African Countries to Discuss Influenza Surveillance

CDC influenza representatives met with experts from twenty-three African countries to discuss their influenza surveillance achievements. As a next step, the group is looking forward to publishing an article highlighting fifty years of influenza surveillance in Africa......

Dr. Ameena Goga, of the Medical Research Council, presented the findings during the June 2011 conference in Durban. PMTCT: A Winnable Battle in South Africa

At the 5th South African AIDS Conference in June in Durban, South Africa, South African and CDC researchers presented on new evidence that the country is winning the fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic. According to their national survey results, the mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) rate for HIV is 3.5% and virtually eliminating this form of HIV transmission is therefore within reach by 2015 with intensified efforts...

map of ZambiaDirector of Center for Global Health visits CDC-Zambia

On October 31-November 2, 2011, Dr. Kevin De Cock, Director, Center for Global Health, visits CDC-Zambia offices to meet with Zambia Minister of Health, U.S. Ambassador in Zambia, and CDC partners in-country. As part of his visit, Dr. Kevin De Cock, presented “Global Health 2012” at Grand Rounds at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. For a summary of his remarks...

Happy Khomalo, a patient, at CARe’s facility in the church.Providing Treatment for Migrants in South Africa - Community AIDS Response works with the most needy at Johannesburg Central Methodist Church

The Johannesburg Central Methodist Church sits amid thriving businesses and skyscrapers in the city’s bustling downtown. The church is both a place of refuge and a place of controversy...

SANBS training center openingSANBS South African Transfusion Medicine Training Center

In February 2010, South Africa’s blood safety services took a major step forward with the opening of the technologically advanced South African Transfusion Medicine Training Center in Johannesburg. Funded by PEPFAR through CDC South Africa, the training center features lecture rooms, video conferencing, training laboratories for technical and donor training, and a unique distance learning training center...

Happy Khomalo, a patient, at CARe’s facility in the church.Lillian and Baby Rose: An HIV-Positive Mother Gets Help From CDC

Lillian, a 20-year-old mom living in rural Nyanza province, first met Dr. Abraham Katana during her first antenatal visit at the Siaya District Hospital. She was five months pregnant and just learning she was HIV-positive...

Map of KenyaPassionate Volunteers Take HIV Prevention to Their Neighbors in Namibia

A blanket of yellow eshosholo flowers covers the hillside neighborhood where Elizabeth Eichas and her husband make their home. The flowers are a bright, hopeful reminder of Namibia’s long rainy season. From her hilltop home, Eichas, who is HIV positive, spreads a different kind of hope...

Dr. Patrick Nguku working in the fieldSaving Lives and Protecting People in Nigeria

As a recent graduate of Kenya’s Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), Dr. Nguku was sent to Nigeria when the first human case of influenza A H5N1 virus was reported in Africa in 2006. In Nigeria, he was part of a team that helped track down the cause of the outbreak. The joint efforts by the human and animal health ministries of Nigeria in combating influenza A H5N1 lead to the realization that closer collaborations were required in zoonotic diseases control, thereby leading to among other things, creation of Nigeria's own FELTP program...

Map of ChinaAddressing Noncommunicable Diseases in China

Global health is now facing a dramatic transition. For the first time in human history, around the world more people are overweight than underweight, and more deaths occur among adults than children...

Map of KenyaImproving the Lives of Children in Kenya

In April 2011, Everline, a resident of the Kibera community in Kenya, was approached by a community mobilizer. Talking with him was normal to her, but this time the information he had was different. He came to talk to her about a seasonal flu vaccine study that was being carried out by KEMRI/CDC...

Eugene Zimulinda, DOD-Rwanda, answers questions from Peace Corps Volunteers and their local counterparts following a training in March 2011 on how to recognize and respond to the signs of abuse, neglect, and violence among children in Rwanda.Using U.S. Strength to Make a Difference in the Lives of Children

When Zara Ahmed and her U.S. Government colleagues began reviewing high-priority needs to be included in Rwanda’s Global Health Initiative Strategy, they did not know they would end up developing an innovative partnership...

Central Public Health Reference Laboratory for HIV and Other Infectious Diseases. The newly renovated molecular unit is providing HIV Early Infant Diagnosis PCR testing and HIV Viral Load testing. © David Snyder/CDC Foundation Pediatric HIV Network Reaches Thai Citizens with a Message of Hope

In 2005, Nantikan, then eight years old, developed a rash. For many caregivers, a rash would not inspire panic, but Nantikan’s aunt and primary caregiver, Kulton, recognized its importance. “Nantikan’s sister died, then six months later her mother died, so we thought it would be important to have her tested,” said Kulton. “I thought she might have HIV.”

Central Public Health Reference Laboratory for HIV and Other Infectious Diseases. The newly renovated molecular unit is providing HIV Early Infant Diagnosis PCR testing and HIV Viral Load testingSierra Leone: A Symbol of a Healthier Future

Opening a laboratory is rarely accomplished in one year’s time. In a country like Sierra Leone, which is still recovering from a decade-long civil war, it is even more difficult. But over the past year, CDC, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, and a host of global health partners have managed to do just that...

A grandfather and his HIV-infected grandson receive counseling at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, which uses a new model of pediatric HIV counseling.A New Model of Care for Children

In a small, brightly colored room, a young boy sits at a table, drawing a picture. A woman sits nearby, pointing out shapes in the drawing and asking the child questions. The situation would be familiar at nearly any daycare facility around the world. But in many hospitals in Thailand, the scene also now includes a new model of pediatric HIV counseling...

A grandfather and his HIV-infected grandson receive counseling at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, which uses a new model of pediatric HIV counseling.A Pharmacist Motivated by Inspirational Women

Fredrick Ochenge moves quickly and efficiently around Tabitha clinic's small pharmacy, filling up bottles, counting out pills, and chatting happily with everyone he encounters. When he calls a patient's name, they are met at the dispensary window by his wide smile and a warm greeting, as he carefully explains each medication's use, dose, and precautions. It is instantly clear to all who meet him: this is not your typical pharmacist...

A grandfather and his HIV-infected grandson receive counseling at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, which uses a new model of pediatric HIV counseling.A Promising New Career in the Slums of Kibera

It has been six years, but Kennedy Odero can still remember perfectly the day he first crossed paths with CDC-Kenya. 'I was attending a local church function, and I heard an announcement that the CDC was looking for people to train as community health workers,' recalls Odero. 'At the time, I had another job, but it was not utilizing my skills appropriately.' ...

Investigating Nodding Syndrome in northern-UgandaCoordinated Campaign Against Nodding Syndrome in Uganda

Since the early 1960s, there have been reports of a mysterious disease affecting children in Africa, which causes uncontrolled head nodding (particularly in the presence of food), seizure-like activity, and in many cases, death. This illness is referred to as “Nodding Syndrome” after its most notable symptom. In late 2009, reports from Northern Uganda suggested that over 2,000 children were afflicted with this unusual illness…

For children under five in particular, like 3-year-old Fadhil Smith, 3, bed nets provided by the CDC can literally mean the difference between life and death. CDC figures show that where once children were exposed to as many as 300 infected mosquito bites each year, the number today is closer to three. © David Snyder/CDC Foundation The Snowball Effect—Battling Malaria on a Global Stage

In a district hospital in western Kenya, more than 200 mothers and children crowd into a small room, hoping to be seen by the hospital's one outpatient healthcare worker. Inside the hospital is an even bleaker scene. Two, three, or even four seriously ill children lie piled on a single hospital bed. When the nurses prick their small arms to give them transfusions or medicine, their blood is pale pink instead of a healthy red, destroyed by the malaria parasites that have feasted on their tiny bodies…

A child receives vaccine as part of a mass vaccination campaign in Sub-Saharan AfricaFrom Epidemic to Elimination—Ending Epidemic Meningitis in Sub-Saharan Africa

"It takes a village to protect a village." For Dr. Thomas A. Clark, epidemiology lead for CDC's Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, these are words to live by, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, which suffers from what he calls "the one-hundred-year-old problem" of meningitis. The region has long been hit by what he calls "explosive epidemics" of the disease, which can lead to death or cause life-long disabilities such as deafness. In 1996 alone, 200,000 meningitis cases were reported in Africa…

Dadaab Refugee Camp in the North Eastern Province of KenyaImproving Health for Kenya’s Refugees by Building Laboratory Capacity

Not far from the Somalia border in Kenya lies the town of Dadaab, home to over 300,000 refugees in what is the largest refugee camp in the world. Refugees travel long distances, often by foot, without adequate food, water, sanitation, or shelter. They are faced with a host of medical problems which are compounded by the overcrowded conditions and limited access to care in the camps where they live. It is easy for infectious diseases to spread quickly in such conditions. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) responded to nine disease outbreaks in the Dadaab Refugee Camp, including cholera, H1N1 flu, measles, meningitis, and pertussis…

A “cold chain” officer (left) in Nigeria checks to be sure polio vaccine vials are correctly packed.CDC and partners are “doggedly dedicated” to eradicating polio

The global effort to eradicate polio is the largest public health initiative in history. Since 1988, CDC has contributed to global efforts to eradicate the disease and strengthen the capacity of countries to control other deadly and debilitating childhood diseases. At the 126th Session of the Executive Board of the World Health Assembly in January 2010, delegates committed to finishing the job of polio eradication by the end of 2012…

Jemima, a women living with HIV in KenyaOne Woman, One Community, Many Gains

Jemima is a woman living with HIV in rural western Kenya. That, alone, does not make her unique. After all, rates of HIV in that region are among the highest in the world. Even so, Jemima set aside worries about her own infection and went to work. A go-getter, she founded a group in her community that offers emotional support and small loans to families touched by HIV…

Laboratory Accreditation Program logoLaboratory Accreditation Program to Strengthen Health Systems

On July 27, 2009, in Kigali, Rwanda, with critical support from the CDC Global AIDS Program, 140 host government laboratory personnel, health experts and policymakers from 12 African countries launched the first-ever World Health Organization (WHO) AFRO -accreditation program…

Image of people who are working in the labPublic-Private Partnership Strengthens Global Laboratory Systems

Deficiencies in the health care systems in most countries supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are enormous, and no single entity – neither governmental and non-governmental organizations nor industry – can meet these challenges alone...

On World Blood Donor Day 2009 in Uganda, the Uganda Blood Transfusion Service and Red Cross ask the public to Donate Blood Today.Improving Blood Safety in Uganda

In the early years of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, a safe blood supply was a critical concern for stopping the transmission of HIV for developed and developing countries alike. Over the years great strides have been made in improving blood safety, but it continues to be an ongoing challenge in developing countries...

A Cautionary Tale: A Family's Ordeal with Malaria

Fatai and Hanifat Adisa and their baby Mariam moved from Nigeria to the United States 10 years ago...

More Than Just 'Jet Lag'

Kelly Granger in Ghana with her djembe, a traditional Ghanian drum made from carved wood and goatskin...

A Cautionary Tale: One Traveler's Ordeal with Severe Malaria

Mr. Ver Wys was returning home after spending three weeks in Haiti working for Friend Ships, a humanitarian group based at Port Mercy in Lake Charles...

A Cautionary Tale: Pregnancy, Travel and Malaria

In June 2005, Mariama Jones was living in a comfortable house in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Atlanta, with her husband Samuel, 10-year-old son Ahmed, and 2-year-old daughter Sonya...

Malaria Visits a Child in Africa

The child in this story (Courtesy: The Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre and the Rufiji District Council Health Management Team, Tanzania) ...

A Cautionary Tale: The Risks of Unproven Antimalarials

Tom Miller has made several trips for missionary and medical purposes over the last 25 years to countries such as Kenya, Haiti, Peru and Russia...

 
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