In a biological sense, last year’s Ebola epidemic, which struck West Africa, spilled over into the United States and Europe, and has to date led to more than 27,000 infections and more than 11,000 deaths, was a great surprise. Local health and political leaders did not know of the presence of the hemorrhagic fever virus in the 35,000-square-mile Guinea Forest Region, and no human cases had ever been identified in the region prior to the outbreak.
Already struggling to meet the needs of its people before its earthquake, the weak government of Nepal faces enormous obstacles in warding off further disaster and harnessing outside aid, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.
The United Nations Global Ebola Response released this report in May 2015. It discusses how the outbreak occurred, describes the impact of the outbreak for health, schools, the economy, and more, and provides analysis on how to coordinate a better response in the future.
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released this draft of its report Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States on April 7, 2015, in response to President Obama's Climate Action Plan. The final report, expected to be published in early 2016, is "intended to present a comprehensive, evidence-based, and, where possible, quantitative estimation of observed and projected public health impacts related to climate change in the United States."
Though polio had nearly been eradicated, the virus is on the rise amid an increase in violence against vaccine workers in conflict zones. This Backgrounder examines the challenges to eradicating the disease.
Global-scale vaccination campaigns have dramatically reduced measles illnesses and deaths in the poorest pockets of the planet, but the richest pockets of humanity are shunning the public health tool. Disease incidence is rising among the rich as it falls among the poor.
Health experts are already calling 2015 one of the most complicated ever for influenza outbreaks, and the prevalence of lethal strains normally found in birds is especially troubling, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is fighting a grueling battle against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. But, as Laurie Garrett learns in an interview with the president, she's not winning plaudits at home.
In this piece for ForeignPolicy.com, Laurie Garrett examines why Liberia, once the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, been able to stop a rampaging killer disease, while Sierra Leone can't even count its dead.
The gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are the everyday diseases -- heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory illnesses -- we understand and could address, but fail to take action against.
This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, outlines a plan for collective action on the global health crisis of noncommunicable diseases.
Going from Monrovia, Liberia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell. But the hysteria that dominated America's view of Ebola and the open disdain for travelers from the hard-hit region that was the norm in the United States in late October have yielded to what seems a very rational, smart way of keeping track of returnees
Laurie Garrett offers a masterful account of the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Zaire, and argues these lessons learned must be applied to solve the Ebola crisis of 2014 and to understand one of mankind's most mysterious, malicious scourges.
Some 600 angry Ebola workers surrounded Liberia's Ministry of Health Monday demanding back pay dating from early September. The ministry employees who track down anyone who may have come into contact with an Ebola victim -- a critical process called contact tracing -- have never received a dime.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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