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Zika virus: Why emergency funding is necessary, and why it shouldn’t be


This post was originally published on February 23, 2016 in The Hill Congress blog. Earlier this month the president outlined a request for $1.8 billion to prepare for and respond to the emergence of Zika virus at home and abroad. This request includes funding for vaccine development, targeted efforts to control the mosquito populations, the development of training and communications programs, and efforts to contain its spread internationally. This request should be funded. Not because it is the best way to combat emerging infectious diseases, but because we have painted ourselves into a corner with shortsighted preparedness investments, and this is the only option available to reduce further harm. We recently published an article in the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning describing the relationship between emergency funding (in this case, for Ebola), and the need for stronger baseline preparedness funding for health and medical responders. In that article we noted that emergency funding is only useful to expand the existing capabilities of our response systems, and that sustaining

May 24, 2016

Climate Change, Disasters and Adaptation Preparedness


Climate Change as a Human Factor Climate change is defined as change in global or regional climate patterns, which may include increases and decreases in temperature as well as changes in severe weather events. These changes in severe weather may increase both the frequency and intensity of disasters and the likelihood of mega disasters. Climate change will likely affect most severely individuals that are already more vulnerable such as older persons and children, those that are socially isolated, people with various health

February 19, 2016

How the World is Failing a Generation of Lost Kids


Where is the international community as million of children grow up fleeing violence, bombarded by extremism, and lacking even the most basic rights? Try wrapping your mind around some numbers just coming to light from reports issued by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) last week: Nearly 2.5 million Syrian children are being kept from school because of the raging violence that has driven many families from their communities, destroyed some 5,000 schools, and seen the loss of more than 50,000 teachers who have been killed, threatened or left Syria. It’s worth noting that prior to the disastrous and still raging civil war, the Syrian educational system was doing well, with universal education and high literacy rates. Forget all that. The persistent violence has caused many children to lose years of educational opportunity. The African terrorist militia group, Boko Haram, has forced some 1.4 million children and their families

September 21, 2015

Ebola Recovery: The Long View


[Written February 2015] While the Ebola crisis has quietly exited mainstream media and public interest (Figure 1), over 15,000, Ebola survivors [1], [2] struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy in a complex environment of pre-existing poverty

September 9, 2015