As 2013 is coming to a close, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken a look back on the closing year to help project potential health threats for 2014.
The CDC stated that the most important achievements in 2013 were the outbreaks that never came to be and were prevented; as well as the countless lives saved from preventable chronic diseases and injuries.
“While our biggest successes may be the bad things that did not happen, careful assessment what we did well – and what we might do better – is essential for continued success,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., and M.P.H.
Top 2013 accomplishments include:
· Success of the life-saving “Tips from Former Smokers” tobacco education campaign
· Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) initiatives
· Million Hearts® Initiative that helped to prevent a million heart attacks
· More than 12,000 facilities now able to track healthcare-associated infections
· Contributions to the U.S. President’s Plan for Emergency Relief (PEPFAR), which prevented the one millionth baby from being infected with HIV
A major area of concern for 2014 is America’s ability to detect diseases – both at home and abroad – before they become widespread outbreaks. A key part of this effort is the use of super computers and forensic DNA identification of infectious agents through the AMD initiative.
“Investment in world-class technology is a wise investment in U.S. health security,” Dr. Frieden said. “American lives, and American’s economic stability depends on CDC quickly detecting and fighting superbugs.”
While technology is one aspect needed for global health security, only 1 in 5 countries have the proper infrastructures and resources needed to do detect and prevent global health threats.
In order to effectively prevent global health threats, relationships overseas needs to improve to better aid these countries.
“With patterns of global travel and trade, diseases can spread nearly anywhere within 24 hours,” Dr. Frieden said. “That’s why the ability to detect, fight, and prevent these diseases must be developed and strengthened overseas, and not just here in the United States.”
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