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Senate committee probes proposed US Ebola funding

November 13, 2014
by Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP

Health groups weigh in on Ebola funding

Trust for America's Health (TFAH), one of the groups that submitted a witness statement, said it supported the request, especially the funds that will go toward building long-term public health capacity in West Africa, assist state and local public health departments, and beef up the Strategic National Stockpile and hospital preparedness.

Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH's executive director, said in the group's statement that infectious disease control needs constant vigilance, requiring both emergency and ongoing funding. "Quite simply, we will never have a reliable public health system if it is constantly scrambling from crisis to crisis and from emergency funding stream to emergency funding stream with no continuity."

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