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A Check Up on U.S. Global Health Policy, After One Year of the Trump Administration

Image credit: Kaiser Family Foundation


On January 29, 2018, Jennifer Kates, Josh Michaud, Ashley Kirzinger, and Cailey Muñana of the Kaiser Family Foundation issued a brief, where the authors took “stock of the U.S. global health response on the occasion of one year of the Trump Presidency and look ahead to the global health policy issues that are likely to be front and center in the coming months and years.” The brief shows a range of problems facing the global health community, both pre-dating the presidency and after, but indicate that half of the public still believes the United States should maintain its leadership in global health and that global health programs still enjoy strong bipartisan support.

Forging a Shared Future Through Health and Well-Being


This joint report from Devex and Johnson & Johnson shares the interrelationship between health and well being. Health should not merely be considered as an absence of illness or the basic delivery of health services but should be a catalyst that empowers people to thrive and prosper. An appraisal of this interrelationship is important when understanding the true impact of global health innovations.

How Many Foreign NGOs Are Subject to the Expanded Mexico City Policy?


Image Credit: Kaiser Family Foundation


On December 4, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new report that highlights that a significant number of foreign NGOs may be subject to the Expanded Mexico City Policy (Global Gag Rule). According to this new report, “the analysis finds that the expansion of the Mexico City Policy by the Trump Administration greatly increased its reach, affecting a much greater number of foreign NGOs and funding than prior iterations. This is particularly the case given the Administration’s intent to expand the policy to include contracts, pending the outcome of a rule-making process.” Read the full KFF report.

Toolkit: Advancing Women Leaders in Africa


In March 2017, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi and Founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, launched her paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa” as the crux of her research while serving as a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. To achieve this end, Dr. Banda published “From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women in Africa” which details the history of women’s leadership in Africa and some of the challenges and opportunities women face on their leadership journey. The paper includes five key recommendations for promoting women’s leadership in Africa:

1) Enhance political will to empower girls, and appoint qualified women to leadership positions

2) Mobilize rural leadership, families, and communities to promote the change of mindsets and behavior around women and girls

3) Strengthen networks between current and emerging leaders

4) Allocate resources towards data collection and analysis, and research around women and leadership

5) Create the legal environment to advance women in positions of leadership

In the second phase of her research, Dr. Banda spearheaded the creation of a toolkit to provide actionable steps to implement the recommendations.

The Changing Demographics of Global Health

Analysis of rapid rise of cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in poorer nations, and the preparedness of those nations’ health systems for that shift. Infographic courtesy: Council on Foreign Relations


In support of the Health Affairs study (see below), Michael R. Bloomberg, the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, issued the following quote:  

NCDs pose a major global health challenge, and these new findings underscore how important it is to confront them head-on. If we don’t act now, NCD risks will only continue to rise across low- and middle-income countries, threatening the livelihoods of current and future generations.”

The Council of Foreign Relations website now includes an engaging data interactive entitled the “Changing Demographics of Global Health.” This interactive resource was released in conjunction with a Health Affairs article that was released on November 2, 2017. The paper, “Lower-Income Countries That Face The Most Rapid Shift In Noncommunicable Disease Burden Are Also The Least Prepared,” analyzes the rapid rise of cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in poorer nations, and the preparedness of those nations’ health systems for that shift.