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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 Mexico City Policy: An Explainer

An overview of the Mexico City Policy, which requires foreign NGOs to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds) as a condition for receiving most U.S. government global health assistance.

UNFPA Funding & Kemp-Kasten: An Explainer

This fact sheet provides an overview of the history of the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which states that no U.S. funds may be made available to “any organization or program which, as determined by the president of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization,” and examines its current application. Since enacted in 1985, Kemp-Kasten has often been used to withhold funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).