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Category: Africa

Yellow Fever Vaccination Response

In December 2015, a yellow fever outbreak started in Angola and quickly spread within the country and to its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Laboratory testing confirmed 962 cases, but there were thousands of suspected cases, making this the largest reported outbreak in 30 years. A critical aspect to yellow fever outbreak response Read More >

Posted on by Kimberley Fox, MD, MPH, Immunizations Systems Branch Chief, Global Immunization Division1 CommentTags , , , , ,

Experiences from the Field: Innovative Approaches to Improving Heart Health in Malawi

Dr. Alice Maida (2ndd from right) and staff from MSH and the Malawi Ministry of Health visiting a high burden HIV clinic in rural Malawi.

As a Medical Program Specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Malawi, I provide HIV technical support at the national and site level. My public health practitioner work with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) national HIV program and PEPFAR implementing partners has provided many opportunities to engage in implementation science Read More >

Posted on by Alice Maida, MD, MPH, CDC Malawi1 CommentTags , , , ,

Global Health Security in Africa: Collaborations Between CDC and African Partners

2012 investigation of Ebola virus in Uganda

The ambition and scope of the Global Health Security Agenda are clear. Its reach can be discerned from the very first word: global. The Agenda’s overarching goal is just as expansive—making the world safer and more secure by preventing epidemics and outbreaks, detecting them more rapidly, and responding effectively to lessen the health, economic, and Read More >

Posted on by Thomas Kenyon, MD MPH, Director of CDC Center for Global HealthLeave a commentTags , , , ,

Voices from the Central African Republic: FELTP residents remain committed to strengthening disease surveillance and outbreak response in CAR

CAR refugees forced from their homes by rebels

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in Central Africa, bordered by Chad in the north, Sudan in the northeast, South Sudan in the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo in the south and Cameroon in the west.  CAR is one of the world’s least developed Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Els Mathieu, Resident Advisor, CAR- FELTP1 CommentTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

FETP Work in South Sudan Benefits the Whole World

I’ve been with the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) for 2.5 years now, where I am currently the resident advisor (RA) in South Sudan. My epidemiology training has provided me with the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experiences; prior to joining FETP, I served as an epidemiologist with Médecins Sans Frontières-Switzerland (MSF-CH), working Read More >

Posted on by James Ransom, PhD, MPH, CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program Branch1 CommentTags , , , , , , ,

Mozambique FELTP fellows evaluate impact of malaria bed net campaign

One thing is to read a protocol, and quite another to write a protocol, do the field work, and see it through to the end" - Geraldo Chambe, FELTP resident

Four Mozambican epidemiologists-in-training spent a month walking up to ten kilometers a day to make sure that one of the most effective malaria control interventions was reaching the poorest Mozambicans. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Mozambique, and insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the key malaria control measures. Since 2007, the U.S. Read More >

Posted on by Mateusz Plucinski, PhD, MPH, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Malaria BranchLeave a commentTags , , , ,

Increasing Community and Stakeholder Knowledge, Awareness, and Acceptability of Cervical Cancer in Kenya

This year, in recognition of World Cancer Day, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) is raising awareness about the impact of cancer around the world and CDC’s efforts to reduce the global burden. DCPC’s global activities include cancer prevention and control projects in Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Read More >

Posted on by Natasha Buchanan, PhD, CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control1 CommentTags ,

Reflections on the Fight Against HIV in Malawi

  This year, my staff and I have had the opportunity to spend considerable time in health facilities that our HIV-funded partners support throughout this beautiful country. Some of these facilities are on back-country roads; others are on forest-covered hills, while others sit on the shores of Lake Malawi. For CDC-Malawi, making these trips every Read More >

Posted on by Sundeep Gupta, MD, MPH, Director, CDC-Malawi2 CommentsTags ,

The Global Health Legacy of Nelson Mandela

  The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela last week. As His Excellency President Zuma stated, though this was expected, we are still feeling much pain. The world is without question a better place because of Nelson Mandela. He taught us forgiveness, service to others, dignity and integrity, and commitment to justice. His vision for Read More >

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Fresh Voices From the Field: The Value of Our Global Health Work

  This is the fourth in our ongoing “Fresh Voices From the Field” series, where we hear from ASPPH (Association of School and Programs of Public Health) Global Health Fellows working throughout the world. Global Health Fellows are recent Master of Public Health or Doctoral graduates placed in CDC global health offices in Atlanta and Read More >

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