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Every year in the U.S., hundreds of women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Mortality varies by race/ethnic group. For example, non-Hispanic black women are more than 3 times as likely to die as non-Hispanic white women, according to the CDC.
In 2017, the U.S. government reinstated and expanded a policy that requires foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to agree not to perform or promote abortion as a condition for receiving U.S. global health assistance.
The Zika virus outbreak that began in 2015 sickened adults, but also had another particularly tragic result—brain defects and other problems in infected fetuses. It represented the first time in more than 50 years that an infectious pathogen had been found to cause birth defects.
What GAO Found Federal agencies are enhancing understanding of climate-related risks to public health by (1) supporting and conducting research, (2) providing data and informational resources, and (3) communicating about risks.
What GAO FoundThe Department of States (State) Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S.
The nation is at risk for a catastrophic biological event. The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act directed GAO to report on biosurveillance--to help detect and respond to such events--at multiple jurisdictional levels.