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U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House fact sheet: “The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” (October 6, 2014) White House blog post: “Senior Officials Hold a Briefing…

Global Health Security Agenda Summit held at the White House

On September 26, the White House held a summit to discuss progress and commitments towards the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which was launched on February 13, 2014. According to a fact sheet released by the White House about the summit, President Obama and senior Administration officials met “with Ministers…

“Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014″ introduced in Senate

Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the “Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014” (S.2853). According to a press release from Senator Coons, the bill would, among other things, require the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “to establish a strategy…

House and Senate pass Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2015

The House (9/17) and Senate (9/18) passed the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015” (H.J.Res 124), a Continuing Resolution (CR) that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels ($1.012 trillion in discretionary funding). While total discretionary funding is maintained at the FY 2014 enacted level,…

Senate passes resolution on Ebola outbreak

The Senate passed (by unanimous consent) a resolution (S.Res. 541) on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “recognizes the severe immediate threat that Ebola poses to populations, governments, and economies in Africa; . . . encourages deepened United States and international…

IOM releases report on investing in global health systems

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled “Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives” in response to a request from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau on Global Health “to explain how health system improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make…

FY15 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill Introduced in House

The Democratic (minority) members of the House Appropriations Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee announced the introduction of the “Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 5464). The bill specifies funding levels for global health programs at the…

PMI releases draft strategy for 2015-2020 and invites public comment

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its draft malaria strategy for 2015-2020 along with an invitation for public comment. Among other things, the draft strategy outlines three objectives to be achieved by 2020: “Reduce malaria mortality by one-third from 2015 levels in PMI focus countries, achieving a greater than 80% reduction…

Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2015 introduced in the House

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations) introduced “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015” (H.J.Res 124), a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would authorize appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels ($1.012 trillion in discretionary funding). According to a press release from…

CRS releases report on international and U.S. response to 2014 Ebola outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses.” The report provides an overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its impact on health systems in affected countries, summarizes the international and U.S. response to the outbreak, and highlights possible…