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19 septembre 2014 5 19 /09 /septembre /2014 16:45
The Ebola outbreak: local and global containment


19 September 2014 Cristina Barrios - Brief - No26 -

Having spread rapidly across several West African states over the summer, the Ebola virus now threatens to undermine the security and economic prospects of the entire region. To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported over 2,600 casualties, with an estimated 5,300 people confirmed or suspected of having contracted the disease.

As past experiences with other infectious diseases like avian influenza (bird flu) or the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have demonstrated, coordinated international action is needed to effectively contain the spread of deadly viruses. But the sluggish pace at which international actors are mobilising is providing a window of opportunity for Ebola to continue its expansion.


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14 mars 2014 5 14 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Leidos Awarded Contract By Naval Medical Logistics Command



Mar 10, 2014 ASDNews Source : Leidos


Company to Provide Research and Development Services for the Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology Department


Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, was awarded a prime contract, Behavioral Epidemiology Assessment Research (BEAR), by the Naval Medical Logistics Command to provide research services for multiple behavioral health and epidemiology projects that support the Naval Health Research Center's (NHRC) Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology Department. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee (CPFF) contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a total contract value of approximately $7.3 million, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in San Diego, Calif.


The NHRC's Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology Department is dedicated to the study of behavioral trends that impact warfighter readiness. The department examines operationally relevant issues affecting personnel such as combat and operational stress, posttraumatic stress, misconduct, substance use, suicide and career-span health and wellness issues. Under this contract, Leidos will conduct behavioral and epidemiological investigations that address these and other deployment-related health issues. Specific examples of these studies may include determining factors related to the onset of mental disorders in military personnel; mental health surveillance of combat-deployed personnel; assessing the effects of adverse lifestyle behaviors on health, performance, and healthcare costs; and investigating the effects of acute stress on military personnel.


"Finding ways to improve the health and wellness of our military personnel and their families is important to the Nation, which means it's important to Leidos," said Steve Comber, President of Leidos Health.  "We are pleased to continue our support of NHRC to help ensure our military is prepared to perform every mission."

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