U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Ebola Response Improvement Plan: Based on Lessons Learned from the 2014 -2016 Ebola Epidemic   [open pdf - 598KB]

"In December 2013, the Ebola virus emerged in Guinea and then spread rapidly across West Africa. The resulting epidemic caused an estimated total of 28,000 suspected and confirmed cases, and claimed over 11,000 lives. The global community responded - though slowly at first, and ultimately worked effectively together to end the epidemic. As a partner in this international effort, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made significant contributions to the response, both in controlling the international epidemic abroad and safeguarding the United States from further spread of the disease. In an effort to learn from this unprecedented response effort, the Secretary of HHS asked a nonprofit research organization to review the Department's international and domestic responses to the Ebola outbreak. It convened an independent panel of subject matter experts to identify strengths and opportunities to improve the Department's preparedness and response efforts. The resulting document, 'Report of the Independent Panel on the HHS Ebola Response', was published in June 2016. To guide its work in improving preparedness for subsequent public health crises, HHS developed an Improvement Plan. This plan, developed in response to the Panel's report, describes steps the Department will take or has already taken to address issues identified by the Independent Panel."

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