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Mission: The cdc foundation helps the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) do more, faster by forging effective partnerships between cdc and others to fight threats to health and safety.
Programs: Strengthening disease surveillance and response in central africasee schedule o for descriptionstrengthening disease surveillance and response in central africaestablishing quality surveillance systems is the basic foundation for public health programs, especially for those targeting health problems for which effective interventions exist, such as vaccine preventable diseases (vpd). Strengthening surveillance in central africa (survac) is a five-year project based on a multi-partner collaboration that is being implemented in three countries in central africa: cameroon (cae), central africa republic (car) and the democratic republic of congo (drc). From july 1, 2013 to june 30, 2014, the project implemented a number of changes and improvements to guide the program towards achievement of expected outcomes regarding the integration of surveillance activities at the country level. The program implemented a new logical framework, made changes to the country operating model to increase ownership, improved partner communication and coordination, and created results-focused plans and budgets for each country. Recent improvements and changes have put the project on track to achieve its expected outcomes and collaborate more effectively and directly with the countries to integrate project activities into the national health system and cultivate a sense of ownership. - the project has made significant gains in regards to surveillance activities, including integrating disease surveillance at all levels, and providing more effective joint supportive supervision of sentinel surveillance sites and labs. The greatest impact of survac has been on the completeness and timeliness of surveillance data, which has remained consistently over 80% in all three countries, a significant increase from 20% prior to survac. - the program also enhanced supervision at both the laboratory and national level and provided critical technical assistance, while implementing quality control oversight and assisting with procurement of supplies and equipment. - new lab technologies (pcr testing of specimens) and strengthening of overall laboratory capacity allowed for improved and increased identification of bacterial and viral pathogens. More timely and accurate lab results enabled country leadership to make better decisions and advocate for the introduction of new vaccines into the country. For example, cameroon successfully used data to receive a grant from the global alliance for vaccines and immunization (gavi) for introduction of rotavirus vaccine. - staff training on new lab technologies, provision of equipment for national reference labs for real time pcr, elisa and microbiology to perform tests for bacterial meningitis and rotavirus has resulted in a significant increase in the number of suspected cases tested and reported toward the project goal of 80%. - the project has increased human capacity in each country by providing training for students and graduates in critical areas, allowing graduates to work with ministries of health to improve surveillance, and involving students and graduates in rapid response disease investigations in the three countries, focusing on diseases such as polio, ebola, yellow fever, rabies, measles, malaria, and toxoplasmosis, in addition to issues related to armed conflict and animal pest outbreaks.
freedom from smoking initiativesee schedule o for descriptionbloomberg initiative to reduce tobacco use in 2014, the cdc foundation continued its global tobacco surveillance work as part of the bloomberg initiative to reduce tobacco use. As one of a number of partners in the initiative, the cdc foundation collaborates with experts at cdc and other partner organizations to support implementation of the global adult tobacco survey (gats) and tobacco questions for surveys (tqs), both components of the global tobacco surveillance system (gtss). The gats produces nationally representative data on tobacco use and key tobacco control measures. Wave 1 gats has been completed in 27 countries, and two countries have completed wave 2 gats. Additionally, the survey is planned or underway in 10 countries. Data from the survey covers more than 3 billion adults and approximately 65% of the world's adult smokers. Tqs is a globally standardized set of tobacco questions meant to improve comparability of tobacco data over time by harmonizing tobacco surveillance activities across various ongoing surveys. Tqs has been integrated into ongoing surveys in 48 countries, providing data on over 3. 8 billion individuals. Tobacco use kills almost six million people annually, with almost 80% percent of those deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. The cdc foundation's role in the bloomberg initiative to reduce tobacco use helps strengthen cdc's global tobacco surveillance efforts in high tobacco use countries and measure the global tobacco epidemic.
pepfar public private partnership cooperative agreementsee schedule o for descriptionin 2014, the cdc foundation continued its fifth year of pepfar, the president's emergency fund for aids relief. Under a cooperative agreement, the foundation supported four public-private partnership (ppp) projects: mhealth tanzania, mhealth kenya, the african center for laboratory equipment maintenance in nigeria (aclem), and together for girls, including the violence against children surveys (vacs) in pepfar designated countries. The mhealth tanzania ppp is co-led by the cdc foundation and the ministry of health and social welfare of tanzania (mohsw), with support from the cdc tanzania, as well as numerous tanzanian and international public and private sector partners. The partnership convenes multiple sectors, combining expertise and resources to implement sustainable and scalable public health programs that leverage the booming mobile phone infrastructure in tanzania. This project was recognized for its breakthroughs in attracting registrants and forging industry partnerships to reduce program-related costs. 2014 also saw the continuation of the accreditation program. Through the ppp, the mohsw has taken significant steps to achieve a long-standing goal of establishing an accreditation system to help assure the quality of health services in the country by collaborating with a technical assistance partner to establish a stepwise certification program as a foundation for an accreditation system. The mhealth kenya project's purpose is to bridge communication gaps among remote healthcare facilities, community workers and central government headquarters. Mhealth kenya also endeavors to explore the other numerous applications of mobile health (mhealth) technology, such as increasing direct patient care, rapid lab result communication, worker training, and drug supply-level management. Mhealth kenya has developed project plans that outline mobile technology's specific role in the larger health information systems (his) landscape. This project received an award of excellence in kenya for best use of ict (information communication technology) in health, and its country director, dr. Cathy mwangi, was recognized as ict woman of the year in 2014. The african center for laboratory equipment maintenance (aclem) in nigeria is a joint project of the us cdc, cdc nigeria, the african society for laboratory medicine, the federal and state ministries of health and education, and the state of enugu. The project seeks to train local staff to repair biosafety laboratory cabinets (bsc) and to develop a curriculum for laboratory equipment maintenance in nigeria. This builds local infrastructure and capacity to improve the delivery and quality of hiv/aids and related disease services, especially with the need to scale up intervention in the areas of pmtct, care and treatment, all of which require robust laboratory systems. The project continued in 2014 with the training of nigerian laboratory professionals at the eagleson institute in maine, with plans to train more individuals in 2015. Together for girls supports evidence-based coordinated actions in countries to address issues identified through surveys, including legal and policy reform, prevention of sexual violence and improved services for children who have experienced sexual violence. They work to increase awareness of violence against children and promote evidence-based solutions through global advocacy. Vacs is a population-based survey administered in pepfar designated countries to obtain national estimates of violence against children with a special emphasis on sexual violence against girls. Vacs directly supports pepfar's continued focus on women, girls, and gender equality, and its interest in preventing and reducing gender-based violence through policies and programs that are guided by scientific evidence. In 2014, the vacs was completed in malawi, nigeria and zambia, and is planned in 2015 in rwanda, uganda, and botswana. In 2014, the fifth year of the cooperative agreement was extended through september 29, 2015. Mhealth tanzania and together for girls-vacs received additional funds, while the other projects were granted an additional year to complete projects.
the foundation, working in collaboration with the cdc, spends the vast majority of its funds directly for programs and projects that further its exempt purposes. These disbursements are either in the form of grants or awards or in the form of fees for services. In addition to the programs mentioned in detail on schedule o, the foundation manages a variety of programs that include such things as chronic health and infectious diseases, global health priorities such as safe water and programs for environmental health and occupational health and safety.