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GHC member PAI’s unofficial guide, “What You Need to Know About the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Restrictions on U.S. Global Health Assistance” is a document meant to clarify the services that are made permissible under the expanded Mexico City Policy, or Global Gag Rule as it is more commonly known. This guide can serve as a helpful and informative resource for US global health assistance implementing partners and their sub-grantees. Spanish and French translations of the guide are forthcoming. View PAI’s website for more information.

Please contact Jonathan Rucks ( or Craig Lasher ( if you have questions about the expanded Global Gag Rule or any of the points in the guide. For copies of the documents quoted or referenced in this summary, for assistance in understanding the current U.S. government policies, or to submit information on the experiences of organizations in implementing the policy, please contact PAI via email at

The Household costs of diarrheal disease in Malawi

It is well-known that the costs of treatment for diarrhea can push families into poverty, but there aren’t many studies that look at the hard numbers. A study from British Medical Journals (BMJ) entitled, “The economic impact of childhood acute gastroenteritis on Malawian families and the healthcare system,” provides some key insights from Malawi that can help advocates draw attention to the economic burden of illness. View additional social media resources, including a blog from GHC member PATH’s Defeat Diarrheal Disease Initiative (DEFEATDD), highlighting the direct economic impact upon poor households affected by this disease.

Global Health and the Future Role of the United States

Global Health and the Future Role of the United States is a spring 2017 report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that includes fourteen actionable recommendations aimed at improving global health. New digital resources have now been released that help viewers better understand why and how the United States can remain committed to global health. Two new videos demonstrate the value of U.S. investments in global health as well as the importance of boosting health outcomes to protect the national security of Americans. View the resources.


Communicating Research Through Data Visualization

GHC Member Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has developed a video-based toolkit entitled, Communicating Research through Data Visualization“. PRB is a core partner on the Population Council’s Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive. This project is a UK Aid (UKAID)-funded research program to help end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) within one generation. The series offers an introduction to data visualizations to help researchers better communicate FGM/C findings to key policy and program audiences, and covers strategies on effective data presentation, basic design concepts, and tools that can help improve workflow.

The “Communicating Research through Data Visualization” series includes the following:

1) Part One — What is Data Visualization?
2) Part Two — Why use Data Visualizations?
3) Part Three — Conceptualizing Your Data Visualization
4) Part Four — Design Tips
5) Part Five — Tools and Workflow


Launch of International Health Regulations (IHR) Costing Tool


In 2016, the World Health Organization adopted the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) tool to measure country-specific progress to prevent, detect and respond to health threats, in accordance with the 2007 International Health Regulations (IHR). With support from Talus Analytics, Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security has now launched a new web-based, open-access IHR costing tool to support countries and development partners in estimating the costs associated with building capacity under the IHR and fulfilling the objectives launched by the JEE.

For more information on the IHR costing tool, visit