Fact Sheet: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa [September 16, 2014]   [open pdf - 333KB]

"As the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States. In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond just as we fortify our defenses at home. Every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can--and will be--as well. Our strategy is predicated on four key goals: (1) Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa; (2) Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region; (3) Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and, (4) Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond. The United States has applied a whole-of-government response to the epidemic, which we launched shortly after the first cases were reported in March. As part of this, we have dedicated additional resources across the federal government to address the crisis, committing more than $175 million to date. We continue to work with Congress to provide additional resources through appropriations and reprogramming efforts in order to be responsive to evolving resource needs on the ground. Just as the outbreak has worsened, our response will be commensurate with the challenge."

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