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A Look into the Hot Zone of Sierra Leone’s New Ebola Clinic

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“Death is always difficult,” said Elizabeth Stevens, a nurse from Freetown, Sierra Leone.
At her new job, Stevens is forced to confront this stark reality every day, and in a way that she never has before.

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The Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence: A Critical Connection

A mother plays with her child while waiting for services at Jose Maria Cabral y Baez Hospital in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Health workers and supervisors from this hospital participated in a workshop and supportive site supervision system designed and delivered by the Directorate of STI/HIV/AIDS (DIGECITSS), the health services network (REDES), and CapacityPlus to improve the quality of services to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. / Wendy Tactuk, courtesy of CapacityPlus and IntraHealth International

This week we mark World AIDS Day. Appropriately, it occurs during the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Though not always self-evident, the connection is clear.

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Nutrition’s New Frontier: The Science of Scaling Up

Implementation science in nutrition helps ensure optimal interventions reach vulnerable children at a young age, giving them adequate nutrients to grow and thrive. / Sight and Life.

We know that good nutrition improves health, saves lives and builds prosperity. We know what to do but not how to do it. There are bottlenecks to scaling up nutrition. It’s time to invest in a new kind of science—implementation science—to help tell us how to deliver nutrition interventions to everyone who needs them.

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Key Populations Essential to Realize AIDS-Free Generation

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The vision for the next phase of PEPFAR is partnering to deliver an AIDS-free generation with sustainable results. However, a sustainable response to this epidemic requires intensified action to address major ongoing challenges such as health care financing, health systems and new technologies for treatment and prevention.

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You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia

MCHIP immunization work in India.

Achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 – to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – will not be realized without better addressing pneumonia, the leading killer in children under 5.

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Bill Berger: “There is no book on responding to this Ebola crisis… we’re writing it now.”

General Darryl Williams, Bill Berger, and U.S. Ambasador to Liberia Deborah Malac.

This is the fifth installment in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to the leader of USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, Bill Berger.

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First Look at a New Hospital for Ebola Aid Workers: 10 Photos You’ve Never Seen

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Earlier this month, USAID Administrator Raj Shah toured a new 25-bed critical care hospital being built by the U.S. Government in Harbel, Liberia to treat health care and aid workers who fall ill to Ebola. These 10 exclusive photos offer a first look into the new facility.

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“I’ve Never Had a Job Like This”: Life Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit

Audrey Rangel

California nurse, Audrey Rangel, works at the Ebola treatment unit in Bong County. She explains what it’s really like and talks about one of the patients she met inside. Watch the video and go inside the Ebola response with Audrey.

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Standing with Liberia to Reverse Ebola’s ‘Spillover’ Effects

Washing is a vital part of the operation of the Ebola Treatment Unit at Island Clinic in Monrovia. All scrubs worn under PPEs and shoes must be washed thoroughly in chlorine water and then with soap. / Morgana Wingard

Ebola threatens not only lives, but livelihoods. If it is not contained, it could reverse years of development progress for the affected countries. That’s why the United States, along with our international partners, is stepping up to this challenge.

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Andrew Hill: “There’s no standard blueprint for an Ebola treatment unit.”

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This is the second blog in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to U.S. Army Civil Engineer, Andrew Hill who creates the blueprints for life-saving Ebola treatment units.

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