U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opens National Ebola Training and Education Center
“The National Ebola Training and Education Center contributes to our nation’s health security by developing and teaching evidence-based practices of experienced providers and healthcare institutions in caring for patients with Ebola and other serious infectious diseases,” Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, said. “While this training starts with Ebola, it also will help the health care community deal with other serious infectious diseases in the future.”
Three academic institutions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) collaborated to create the program. To support the program, the CDC and ASPR will fund $12 million in finances over the next five years.
“The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is proof that a threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere; the United States must continue to prepare,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “Hospitals are often the first place where a new disease threat is recognized. This new center will help our hospitals and healthcare workers prepare to handle new threats and safely care for patients.”