The threat of infectious diseases continues to rise: Changes in our climate are contributing to food insecurities, pushing populations to urban centers and increasing the potential for disease transmission. With these human-caused and naturally occurring changes, the breeding grounds for vectors of endemic and emerging diseases often are brought closer to vulnerable populations, amplifying the risk of pandemics. In addition, the threat of bioterrorism continues to pervade across the globe. We are working across the agriculture, environment, security, and health sectors, helping local actors prevent, detect, and respond to emerging health threats.
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Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Are We Better Prepared to Confront Ebola?
On May 8, 2018, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever after confirming two cases of the disease by laboratory tests in the northwestern part of the country. The government made the decision after receiving reports of an additional 21 suspected cases of Ebola, including…
Pandemic Preparedness: African Solutions to Global Problems
Ebola has a case fatality rate of approximately 50 to 70 percent. Although it has been more than 40 years since the first-ever case of the Ebola virus in humans was diagnosed, there is still no licensed, specific treatment for the disease. The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa took the lives of thousands, left…
How Can We End Malaria? We May Already Have the Answer
Malaria, transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, killed an estimated 438,000 people in 2015, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. While this is still an unacceptable situation for an entirely preventable disease, the 2015 mortality figure actually represents a 48 percent decrease over the past fifteen years. Much of this progress has been through tremendous scale-up of frontline…