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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 4/17/2017

GHC at CUGH and GlobeMed
Early this month, GHC President and Executive Director Loyce Pace participated in two key events that engaged university-based stakeholders. At the GlobeMed Summit in Chicago, Loyce led a workshop on the power of storytelling for advocacy. GlobeMed students and alumni members offered insightful takeaways about online initiatives and developed mock campaigns for specific audiences and channels that incorporated potential calls to action. She spoke on a student-led panel the following weekend at the 2017 CUGH Conference about what we need most from the next generation of global health leaders. Now, more than ever, we must build our capacity across the community to respond to challenges faced by global health. GHC is ready to equip new advocates with the tools they need to be successful. To that end, GHC will host an advocacy session at the next CORE Group meeting and deliver an address at SwitchPoint in an effort to motivate and mobilize global health implementers worldwide. We hope to see you at these events!


Upcoming GHC Webinars
Global Financing Facility (GFF) Spring Webinar Series On April 21, GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) will co-host a briefing in preparation for the GFF Investors Group April Meeting. The briefing will be held via webinar and in-person in Washington, DC. A key discussion item on the agenda is the integration of feedback received from the recent public consultation on the draft GFF Civil Society Engagement Strategy. View registration details.

World Health Assembly (WHA) Policy Scrums – The second WHA Policy Scrum will be held on April 25 via webinar and will focus on the U.S. government’s future engagement with WHO in preparation for the upcoming WHA. If you missed our first WHA Policy Scrum, you can catch-up on the main takeaways from the session or listen to the full recording. View registration details.


New Global Initiative Aims to Reduce Medication Errors
Unsafe medication practices and errors are a leading cause of injury and healthcare-associated harm around the world. WHO estimates the global cost associated with medication errors at $42 billion annually – almost 1% of total global health expenditure.  In response to this, WHO has launched the Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety to address weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors which result in severe harm to patients. The Challenge aims to make improvements in each stage of the medication use process: prescribing, dispensing, administering, monitoring, and use. It will focus on four major areas: patients and the public; health care professionals; medicines as products; and systems and practices of medication. Read more.


Call for Participation in Annual HIV/AIDS Resource Tracking Project
Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA) requests your participation in the annual HIV/AIDS resource tracking project. FCAA is currently compiling data on HIV/AIDS-related grants disbursed in calendar year 2016. The FCAA resource tracking project consists of three main tools: the annual report, Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS; the online funding map, which currently provides total funding and engaged philanthropic organizations per region, country, and U.S. state; and subsequent analysis in the form of blogs, infographics, presentations, and articles, which provide a deep dive on funding for a specific issue, population or geography. Submitted data will inform the three mentioned tools. If you would like to contribute, please review FCAA’s data privacy policy and submit a list of your HIV/AIDS-related grants, with grant descriptions, to Caterina Gironda by May 6.


Integrating Cervical Cancer Prevention with HIV Programs
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and GHC member Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon recently signed an agreement to collaborate on programming to prevent cervical cancer. This new alliance aims to increase access to cost-effective cervical cancer prevention and treatment services for HIV-positive women, who are up to five times more likely to develop cervical cancer. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will work with countries to integrate cervical cancer programming into their HIV/AIDS grants from the Global Fund. The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has applauded this new funding channel. Read more.


Exploring Sound Integration of People-Centered Health Services
Last month, GHC member RTI International held a panel discussion exploring areas of action and measurement on integrated health service delivery. The discussion focused on how to further build the evidence base for the integration of health services and touched on topics, including people-centered approaches, governance, public-private collaboration, health information, and financing. In a recent medium blog, Christina Bisson, Senior Health Systems Strengthening Specialist at RTI International, highlights some of the top takeaways from the event. You can also listen to the full recording of the panel session and follow the online discussion for a complete event recap.

 

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Invest in Nutrition

Invest in Nutrition, is a new tool launched by Results for Development (R4D), in partnership with the World Bank and 1,000 Days, to help global leaders, policymakers, and donors visualize the gap in global nutrition funding and advocate for greater investment. Visitors to the site can quickly: estimate the gaps remaining in nutrition financing in specific regions, review the prevalence of malnutrition by target, region and income group, and identify possible scenarios to finance the remaining investments required. Access tool.

 

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INTERACTION FORUM 2017: UNITED WE STAND

This guest post was provided by GHC-member InterAction.

Planning is well underway for Forum 2017, InterAction’s annual conference taking place June 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. The forum offers more than 40 breakout sessions designed for attendees at all stages of their careers including a CEO track, topical tracks for program and field staff, a Young Professionals Summit, and four powerful and compelling plenary sessions. A vibrant exhibit hall, abundant networking opportunities, and an Awards Banquet enhance the Forum experience.  United We Stand, the opening plenary on Tuesday, June 20, will be a celebration of our sector’s core values and an opportunity to hear how we can continue promoting dignity and action, particularly with closing space for civil society.  We are delighted to announce that Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights are confirmed as keynote speakers.

As we recognize World Refugee Day, our second plenary, The Changing Dynamics of Migration, will examine the reasons behind the increase in migrants, the challenges presented to governments and civil society by this mass movement of people, and the best practices for maintaining a culture of tolerance and acceptance.

On Wednesday, June 21, The Human Side of Technology will look at the opportunities and challenges of utilizing new technology to address community needs and respect human dignity and on Thursday, June 22, our closing plenary, Navigating the New Washington,  will examine how development and humanitarian actors can navigate rapid policy changes, assert their interests, and find common ground.

With the busy spring meeting schedule ahead, please remember to include this year’s Forum.


InterAction is the largest alliance if international NGOs and partners in the United States. Our members work around the world to eliminate extreme poverty and vulnerability, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace, and ensure dignity for all people. What unites us is a commitment to working with the world’s poor and vulnerable, and a belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place – together.

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GHC NEWS FLASH: Global Health Roundup 4/3/2017

GHC and the Global Health Community Huddle to Prepare for the World Health Assembly
The upcoming Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70) (May 22-31) in Geneva, Switzerland will convene WHO member states in order to set global health priorities for the coming year. Notable topics on the agenda include the election of a new WHO Director-General; emergencies and preparedness; noncommunicable diseases; research and development; and global strategy plans (e.g., Global Vaccine Plan). Civil society actors, such as GHC, will also attend and co-host sessions within and outside the Palais des Nations. If you are interested in discussing these critical agenda topics in more depth and hearing more about GHC and our members’ WHA preparations, please register for the first WHA Policy Scrum on April 5.


Global Financing Facility (GFF) Spring Series Continues
On April 21, GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health will co-host a GFF session prior to the GFF Investors Group (IG) meeting. During the briefing, civil society (CS) representatives will: discuss feedback on what was heard in the GFF learning meeting, the World Bank Spring meetings, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) forum, and CS forum; provide an overview of how comments were integrated into the CS engagement strategy; and get feedback from partners on various GFF IG papers. You can either register in-person (by April 17) or via webinar.


WaterAid Goes #GirlStrong for World Water Day
For World Water Day 2017, GHC member WaterAid released its annual “State of the World’s Toilets” report, Wild Water, featuring women and girls whose lives have been dramatically affected by climate change. For example, Srey worries so much about her children getting sick from walking through deep flood waters in rural Cambodia that she has a neighbor watch them while she completes the 30-minute trek to get water from one of only two wells in her community, a trek she takes up to six times a day. The persistent drought in Julietta’s community in Mozambique means it is nearly impossible to farm crops and make a living to feed her four children. Read the full report and find out how you can be #GirlStrong too, and support the girls and women around the world who spend 40 billion hours collecting water every single year.


Marketers, Academics, and Scientists Unite for Social Good
The 2017 World Social Marketing Conference (WSMC) will bring together hundreds of international marketers, academics, researchers, scientists, and practitioners who are working to solve the world’s most pressing issues of disease, hunger and poverty, environmental degradation, and species loss, and are using human-centered techniques of marketing, outreach, and behavior change communications. The two-day event will take place in Washington, DC from May 16 – 17. The conference will serve as a vehicle to capture, spread, and develop best practices for the conference’s theme of “influencing behavior for social good.” Program activities include: keynote presentations by representatives from organizations such as MIT, USAID, and UNICEF; 15-minute speed presentations; panel discussions; workshops; and poster displays. View event details.


WHO and UN Employ Coordinated Efforts to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) are taking critical steps to stimulate global efforts against antimicrobial resistance. Earlier this year, WHO released a priority list of drug-resistant bacteria, calling on intensified research and development for new and effective antibiotics against severe and potentially deadly infections. The tool has been welcomed by the global health community as an important resource that will yield commitment and target efforts towards the most threatening pathogens. On March 17, the UN announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group (ICG) on AMR. The group aims to provide practical guidance on the ways to combat AMR and to recommend how global efforts could and should be better coordinated. The ICG will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.  Read more.


New Brookings Institution Report: Enhancing Private Sector Investment in Global Health
Locally-led health research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is critical for overcoming global health challenges. However, despite continued efforts to stimulate health innovation, health research capacity in the developing world remains insufficient. A new research report from the Brookings Institution examines the impact of health governance on research and development (R&D) in LMICs. The report highlights policy, regulatory, and legal factors that hamper opportunities to boost financing from the private sector in 18 developing countries. The authors of this report suggest that LMICs can attract greater private investment in health R&D by increasing government transparency and stability, lowering tariffs on medical products, expediting the regulatory process for new drugs, investing in health infrastructure, and increasing government spending on health care in an efficient and targeted manner. Read full report.

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Making the Case for U.S. Investments in Health Workforce
This guest post was provided by GHC member, Frontline Health Workers Coalition.
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In an early kick-off to World Health Worker Week (April 2-8), the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC), Abt Associates, and IntraHealth International sponsored a congressional briefing in coordination with Congresswoman Nita Lowey on March 29. At the briefing, field leaders highlighted the tremendous humanitarian, security, and economic return on U.S investments in U.S. government-supported programs to strengthen the frontline health workforce in Guinea, Afghanistan, Mali, Kenya, and elsewhere.
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Leaders from WHO and the International Labour Organization delivered a promising message of a unifying movement under the High-Level Commission on Health Employment & Economic Growth for country- and regional-led action plans for the investments needed to ensure a fit-for-purpose workforce to save lives, ensure security, address gender quality, and create millions of jobs.

In a powerful speech, community health worker Maria Valenzuela told her story of overcoming poverty and family troubles, which inspired her to work to educate and empower vulnerable communities on healthy practices in Arizona. Maria’s story underscored the universal power of frontline health workers around the world. The speakers then met with several prominent congressional offices to advocate for U.S. leadership in investment in global health and the frontline health workforce.

GHC’s Frontline Health Workers brief in the latest Global Health Briefing Book builds the case for investments in frontline health workers, and offers key recommendations for Congress and the new administration to sustain U.S.-led efforts to push forward Workforce 2030. View the brief and visit FHWC’s WHWW portal for more information on World Health Worker Week.

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