GHC announced today that it has named Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, as the organization’s new Executive Director. Read the press release to learn more.
AMR Takes Center Stage at UNGA
The eminent danger of antimicrobial resistance was a priority on this week’s agenda at UNGA. On September 21, heads of state and leaders of delegations met to discuss an approach to scale back on unnecessary antibiotic use and, together, signed a UN declaration pledging to address “the biggest threat to modern medicine.” Signatories to the UN declaration committed to encouraging innovation in antibiotic development, increasing public awareness of the threat and developing surveillance and regulatory systems on the use and sales of antimicrobial medicine for humans and animals. An estimated 700,000 people die each year as a result of drug-resistant infections. This is only the fourth time in the history of the UN, that a General Assembly has focused a high level meeting on a health issue, having previously tackled HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, and Ebola.
GHC member Management Sciences for Health (MSH) held a reception during a UNGA side-event to acknowledge health workers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to strengthening health systems in the areas they work. At a “Toast to Health Systems Heroes” the honorees, who were recognized for their extraordinary leadership in their home countries, included Dr. Bernice Dahn, Minister of Health for Liberia, and Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health for Japan. The colorful event was emceed by renowned journalist Femi Oke.
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