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The Current Ebola Outbreak and the U.S. Role: An Explainer

An outbreak of Ebola is currently ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), now the second largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded. This Issue Brief gives an overview of the current situation, explains the U.S. role in responding to the outbreak, and answers key questions about the broader global response.

The U.S. Government and Global Health Security

This brief examines the U.S. government’s efforts in global health security – that is, efforts to help countries prepare for and address pandemic and epidemic diseases such Ebola, Zika, and pandemic influenza. The brief provides history and background, reviews the U.S. agencies carrying out these efforts, reviews funding, and highlights key policy issues going forward.

The U.S. Government and Global Polio Efforts

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of global polio eradication efforts and examines the U.S. government’s role in addressing polio worldwide.

The U.S. and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

This fact sheet examines the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (also known as Gavi), an independent, public-private partnership and multilateral funding mechanism that aims to increase access to immunization in poor countries, and explores the role the U.S. government plays in supporting the partnership.

The G20 and development assistance for health: historical trends and crucial questions to inform a new era

In this article for The Lancet, KFF’s Jennifer Kates and 19 co-authors examine trends in the provision and receipt of development assistance for health (DAH), particularly for the G20 countries. The article looks at key questions facing leaders of the G20 countries, including how to best focus DAH for equitable health gains, how to deliver DAH to strengthen health systems, and how to support domestic resource mobilization and tranformative partnerships for sustainable impact.

Where Does Public Opinion Stand on the U.S. Role in Global Health?

More than two years into President Trump administration’s promotion of an “America First” approach to international affairs, the April 2019 KFF Health Tracking Poll examines the public’s attitudes toward key global health issues, including views on the U.S. role in world affairs and global health, and support for global health spending.