The ongoing West Africa Ebola outbreak has generated interest among some Members of Congress in strengthening the domestic health systems of developing countries. The Ebola epidemic revealed not only the threat that weak health systems in developing countries pose to the world, but also elucidated gaps in international frameworks for responding to global health crises. Consensus is emerging that health system strengthening is important for international security, though debate abounds regarding the appropriate approach for achieving this goal and the role the United States might play in such efforts, especially in relation to other U.S. global health assistance priorities.
Date of Report: February 6, 2015
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