The NIH has already been given massive amounts of money beginning with post Katrina funding to handle the situation we have now with Ebola. Where has the money gone?
Here’s what’s covered in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013
- National Health Security Strategy
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters
- Modernization of the National Disaster Medical System
- Temporary reassignment of State and local personnel during a public health emergency
- Improving State and local public health security
- Hospital preparedness and medical surge capacity
- Enhancing situational awareness and biosurveillance
- Enhancing medical countermeasure review
- Accelerating medical countermeasure advanced research and development
“The 2013 law builds on work the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken to advance national health security. These include authorizing funding for public health and medical preparedness programs, such as the Hospital Preparedness Program and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. These programs build the capabilities of communities’ health care and public health systems to support people in need during and after disasters.
Thousands of hospitals and communities across the country participate in these programs, and because of this participation they now have stronger capabilities and better planning to respond to disasters. They regularly exercise and conduct drills. They are building partnerships across their communities so that if parts of the infrastructure are overwhelmed by disaster, the system can still provide care. Using these programs over the past seven years to strengthen health systems and build coalitions, states have been able to handle in a number of disasters on their own without federal responders.”