House Foreign Affairs Committee to examine challenges in the fight against Ebola

Courtesy of House Foreign Affairs Committee

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to examine problems faced by the global coalition in the fight against Ebola.

"Because of various challenges heretofore unseen, such as urban infections, cross-border transmissions and increasing infections and deaths of health care workers, the current outbreak is expanding exponentially," Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights Chairman Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) said.

Seven witnesses are expected at the hearing, including Kent Brantly, a medical missionary with Samaritan's Purse who contracted and survived Ebola. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Luciana Borio, the director of the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are also slated to participate in the hearing .

The other planned witnesses are Chinua Akukwe, a chair member of Africa Working Group; Ted Alemayhu, the founder and executive chairman of US Doctors for Africa; Nancy Lindborg, the assistant administrator of the United States Agency for International Development's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; and Dougbeh Chris Nyan, the director of the Secretariat for the Diaspora Liberian Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis.