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International lead poisoning prevention Week of action

Infographic courtesy: World Health Organization


This week, October 21 – 27, 2018, is International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week. Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has estimated that, based on 2016 data, lead exposure accounted for 540 000 deaths and 13.9 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term health effects, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children. An important source of domestic lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead. These paints are still widely available and used in many countries for decorative purposes, although good substitutes without lead are available.

To spread awareness of this urgent danger, World Health Organization, UN Environment, and the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint compiled a report on activities during this week. Check out the report. Spread the word on social using the hashtag #BanLeadPaint and if you or your organization is planning an event around this week, let World Health Organization know!

ACTION Media Training on Immunization: Call for Applications


The ACTION global health advocacy partnership will host a 4-day public speaking and media skills training for child survival advocates in December 10–14, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The training will develop a group of champions that can effectively advocate on the importance of Gavi and GPEI transition and engage at key moments such as the 2019 UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), G7 and G20 Summits, 2020 Gavi replenishment, and other moments throughout 2019 and beyond. The intensive training will include presentations, discussions, and participatory exercises on media engagement, interview techniques, message development & delivery, and social media. In addition, advocates will learn how to relate vaccines and polio advocacy in other conversations, e.g., universal and primary healthcare, health systems strengthening, nutrition, domestic resource mobilization, and innovative financing for health.

In the year immediately following the training, participants are expected to engage in at least four advocacy or media-related activities with ACTION partners, including writing a blog, op-ed, etc. and/or participating in World Immunization Week activities or other child survival events (e.g., WHA, Gavi or GPEI replenishment activities). Read more to find out.

Advocacy Update ~ September 24, 2018

This post was written by Victoria Rodriguez, Advocacy Associate, and Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy.

Appropriations Update

FY 2019 and the end of the fiscal year

In the last few days of the fiscal year (FY), which ends on September 30, Congress is working to pass remaining FY 2019 spending bills packaged as “minibuses” – several spending bills packaged together.

The Senate passed a minibus that includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Defense spending bills (H.R. 6157), which contains funding for programs at NIH and CDC. The minibus is now in the House, with a vote expected this week. The minibus includes increases or sustained funding for global health programs.

NIH is funded at $39 billion (increase of $2 billion), and includes:

  • $78.1 million for the Fogarty International Center (increase of $2 million)
  • $5.5 billion for NIAID (increase of $263 million)

CDC is funded at $7.89 billion (increase of $127 million), and includes:

  • $488.6 million for the Center for Global Health (maintained from FY 2018), including an addition of $50 million for the Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund
  • $620.3 million for Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (increase of $6 million)

The minibus also contains a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the remaining appropriations bills, including the State and Foreign Operations bill, until December 7. Despite President Trump sending mixed signals on whether he will sign the minibus, House Republican Leadership believe they can avert a government shutdown.

GHC Meets with OMB to Discuss FY 2020

While Congress is in the midst of solidifying appropriations for FY 2019, Global Health Council and the global health community completed funding recommendations for FY 2020 for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Recently, GHC and a small group of GHC members met with OMB to provide the recommendations and to discuss the critical importance of continued commitment to cost-effective global health programs by the United States.

View GHC’s FY 2020 letter to OMB.

PEPFAR Reauthorization Introduced in the Senate

On September 18, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation to reauthorize PEPFAR (S.3476) through 2023. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has placed the bill on the agenda of its next business meeting on Wednesday, September 26; the bill is expected to move quickly through the Senate. The text of the bill may be reviewed here once available to the public.

In late summer, Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced similar legislation (H.R. 6651) in the House.

2018 World Population Data

Population Reference Bureau (PRB)’s World Population Data Sheet (WPDS) has been produced annually since 1962 to provide the latest data on key population, health, and environment indicators for the world, major regions, and more than 200 countries and territories. WPDS is a widely-used reference tool for educators, policymakers, advocates, journalists, and others worldwide.

The WPDS features PRB’s latest population projections for 2030 and 2050.  This year’s WPDS focuses on changing age structures around the world.

U.S. State Department: Making the global local

The U.S. State Department benefits the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting their economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming the country’s exceptional role in the world.

This resource from the U.S. State Department represents just some of the direct impacts State Department programs have in American communities, bringing their global impact closer to home.