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CDC To Cut Back Disease Prevention, Surveillance Operations In 39 Foreign Countries Due To Funding Concerns

The Hill: CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries: report
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to significantly reduce its overseas work to fight disease due to coming funding cutbacks, according to an internal email reported by the Wall Street Journal…” (Sullivan, 1/19).

Wall Street Journal: CDC to Scale Back Work in Dozens of Foreign Countries Amid Funding Worries
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to scale back or discontinue its work to prevent infectious disease epidemics and other health threats in 39 foreign countries because it expects funding for the work to end, the agency told employees. The CDC currently works in 49 countries as part of an initiative called the Global Health Security Agenda, to prevent, detect and respond to dangerous infectious disease threats. … The [funding] package included $582 million in funds to work with countries around the world after the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015. But that funding runs out at the end of fiscal 2019. … In an email to U.S. and overseas leaders in its global health center, the CDC said it anticipates that if its funding situation remains the same, it will have to narrow activities to 10 ‘priority countries’ starting in October 2019. … In [the other] 39 countries, the CDC ‘will plan for the completion of its country-based programs,’ transitioning them to other possible funders by October 2020, according to the email…” (McKay, 1/19).

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