U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Ebola virus The White House Office of the Press Secretary has released a U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa Fact Sheet. This Fact Sheet concerns the humanitarian crisis in West Africa and the President’s plans to combat the Ebola outbreak. The announcement reassures the American people that, “…[e]very outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be—as well.” To contain the current outbreak, the U.S. has made steps since the outbreak began in March to build partnerships with the currently affected West African nations – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. Approximately $175 million worth of federal resources have been implemented to combat the crisis in order to execute the current strategy of the administration. This strategy is outlined in the Fact Sheet through the following four key goals:

  • “Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
  • Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
  • Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
  • Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond.”

After outlining of the administration’s four key goals, the Fact Sheet highlights the following key areas of interest regarding the outbreak. A brief summary of each key section is provided below:

  • New Resources to Confront a Growing Challenge
    • U.S. Military and uniformed services capabilities and support
    • Ebola Treatment Units
  • A Complement to Efforts To-Date
    • Specialists deployed to affected regions
    • Federal funds spent to combat the outbreak
    • Vaccination investigations underway
    • Public education initiatives
  • Screening Efforts Overseas
    • Steps to prevent Ebola in the U.S.
    • Customs and Border Protection initiatives
    • Student and humanitarian aid traveler precautions
  • Preparedness at Home
    • Improved ability of Ebola detection in the infected
    • Quarantine and exposure preparedness
    • Monitoring of false Ebola cure claims
  • Securing the Future
    • Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) – steps toward creating a global health security system.

For more information about the Ebola outbreak, make sure to check out the Disaster Information Management Research Center‘s Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources page. This information resources page contains multiple sections of interest about the Ebola outbreak to include social media resources and information on U.S. and international organizations combating the outbreak.


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