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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.


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.

Women: A Forgotten Priority in Global Health Security

This guest post was written by Ashley Arabasadi, Campaign Manager of No More Epidemics, an international campaign to promote prevention, preparedness, and response to infectious diseases outbreaks. It was originally published on Women Deliver’s website.

Throughout global societies, women’s roles place them at the epicenter of risk from disease outbreaks and epidemics. This is true everywhere, but especially so in poor countries with health systems unprepared to meet the ever-surging demands of a public health emergency.

The interaction between gender roles, disease transmission, and socio-economic stability reach a perilous tipping point in epidemics; failing to address that interaction will result in deficient strategies for outbreak prevention and control, and in massive setbacks for women’s health, and development gains. Unless global health security measures help us understand the impact of emerging diseases on women, nations and the world will remain vulnerable to pandemics.

Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik

Women as caregivers and sentinels

Usually the ones to care for sick family members at home, women are exposed to pathogens that spread from person-to-person. Women and girls, typically responsible for childcare, touch and embrace small children who have little immunity from past illnesses and easily pass along infections. SARs, Ebola, avian influenza, and Nipah virus have forged deadly routes via caregiving. Women are important community surveillants as they are likely to be the first to recognize unusual patterns of illness. If women are informed about the signs of emerging communicable disease threats, and empowered to report them, then women can a powerful local role in keeping outbreaks from spreading.

In domestic roles, women collect water and firewood, and do laundry standing in polluted water, exposing themselves to diseases such as cholera and schistosomiasis. Women usually take care of poultry in backyard farms, and bring them to wet markets, practices that influence the zoonotic risk of avian influenza. As farmers, workers, and entrepreneurs, women are a crucial agricultural resource. They help feed their families and whole communities and help fuel the local economy.

Also in most countries, the vast majority of all healthcare workers, particularly nurses and midwives, are female, working on the frontlines of disease outbreaks. According to a WHO report, not only are these women exposed to more infectious diseases, they often function without the training or decision-making authority to initiate emergency precautions in healthcare settings. If they are powerless to enact safety protocols, they cannot protect patients and themselves from person-to-person spread of infectious pathogens. New resistant disease strains like MRSA and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis can thrive in healthcare environments. What pandemic strains might slip through the cracks because female health workers are not empowered to enforce infection control policies?

Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

 What crises have shown us

During an infectious disease emergency, pregnant women are at serious risk. Maternal services are often disrupted and those that are operating do so unsafely; pregnant women have contracted SARs and Ebola in healthcare settings. Influenza has a more severe course during pregnancy and some emerging infections harm the fetus, as Zika continues to tragically remind us. Some diseases can cause pregnancy-related complications and miscarriage, and obstetrical procedures may further spread pathogens. Lactation may also endanger newborns. Chikungunya, leptospirosis and dengue fevers are some infections that can be transmitted through both pregnancy and breast milk. Where midwives perform maternity care outside of formal settings, pregnant women may be at greater risk during outbreaks.

In West Africa, Ebola’s lethal legacy for women will be felt for years to come. The epidemic decimated the already scarce healthcare workforce, killing doctors, nurses and midwives by the hundreds. With fewer health workers, the World Bank has warned of an additional 4,000 maternal deaths and 14,000 child deaths each year in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. According to the World Bank, Ebola has erased 15 to 20 years of progress in maternal and child health in those countries.

We can act now

Ensuring that we reach and empower women to address emerging disease challenges requires strong political commitment and investment from countries and civil society partners. It’s the job of countries to take immediate steps to improve their outreach and awareness efforts to women on the risk of infectious disease, including transmission, recognizing warning signs, and how to report suspected infectious diseases adequately and quickly.  It’s the duty of civil society organizations to galvanize, and compel governments to include a wide-focus on women in national preparedness planning.

When we respect and support the health and rights of women, we keep health systems, households and communities safe, and the whole of society functioning when new diseases threaten our security.



Global Financing Facility Webinar Series Starts March 21
GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) will host the first webinar in a three-part series on March 21 at 10:00 AM EDT to discuss feedback received on the draft Global Financing Facility (GFF) Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The strategy, developed by PMNCH in partnership with the GFF Secretariat, is intended to enhance civil society engagement in the GFF, a multi-stakeholder initiative that supports country-led efforts to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. The webinar will also provide an opportunity for partners to provide any additional feedback and recommendations. The draft is currently available in English and en Français. Learn more and register for the webinar series.

The Lucky Specials: A Movie Demystifying TB
The Lucky Specials, a film which seeks to educate viewers about the risk, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis (TB), commemorates World TB Day 2017 on March 24. The movie tells the story of an aspiring cover band from a small South African mining town. On the verge of a huge career break, the band’s hopes and futures are cast in doubt as its key members are infected by TB. The film’s plot expertly addresses several misconceptions, treatment barriers, and stigma related to the disease. The movie makers, Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA), intend to broadcast the film throughout sub-Saharan Africa over the next several months. In addition, DLA is partnering with governments, community health workers, NGOs, schools, and the private sector to reach target audiences. A free download of the movie will be made available to the public in mid-2017. View the movie trailer.

Health Care Crisis in Syria Continues as Conflict Enters Its 7th Year
Last week marked six years of war and turmoil in the Syrian Arab Republic. Since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, civil unrest and armed conflict in the country have resulted in a rapidly increasing number of people being displaced both within and outside of Syria. The situation has created serious public health concerns, including: widespread malnutrition, mental health challenges, and low vaccination rates in children under the age of 5. More than half of the country’s health care facilities have been destroyed or damaged during attacks, while two-thirds of its health workers have fled to other countries for safety. Invisible Wounds, a new global report by GHC member Save the Children, highlights the mental impacts and psychological scars the conflict has left on the children of Syria. Read the report and learn how you can get involved in the ongoing response to the crisis.

Workshop on Best Practices for Global Health Experiential Learning
NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard University,  GHC member Child Family Health International, and GlobalSL will host a workshop at the CUGH conference on competencies, assessments, and other pedagogies of global health fieldwork on April 6 in Washington, DC. The workshop aims to build skills and resources to improve risk-management, optimize cross-cultural learning, deliver effective reflection, and create structures for program management and administration. It will bring together leaders in international and global health education to explore best practices to optimize global health experiential learning. View event and registration details.

Emerging NCD Crisis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit examines the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries. The report highlights cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer as some of the leading contributors to the global NCD epidemic. It calls on donors to revise allocation priorities and for governments to address the various shortfalls and capacity constraints in their health systems, which limit a patient’s ability to access quality care and treatment. With a shortage of diagnostic tools and trained personnel across the developing world, the report emphasizes the need for innovative solutions such as mobile phone technology to improve the consistency and frequency of routine checks and management of chronic conditions. Read full report.

TFGH17: Finding Connections And Solutions For The Changing Face Of Global Health

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On March 1, 2017, Global Health Council (GHC), in partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, hosted the fourth annual The Future of Global Health Unconference (TFGH17) at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC. This year, TFGH17 drew its largest gathering yet – more than 400 emerging and established global health professionals came together to connect with industry veterans and technical specialists from across the field.

In this current context, with critical cuts for global health funding and programs looming, the event provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges, solutions, and skills needed to advance progress in a range of global health issues and successfully navigate the shifting field. Mentors and participants agreed that the unconference was a great place to forge new connections while learning about pressing issues and challenges in the field.

“I was attracted to TFGH because I wanted to get insights on different issue areas. I love that the conversation hubs are led by highly experienced facilitators who bring a world of knowledge to the room,” said participant George Ndongai from the University of Maryland.

“… I think networking is very critical to our work as global health professionals. There are a lot of opportunities for collaboration and support that we can tap into when we connect with each other,” explained participant Eric Mensah from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Global health practitioners led a series of 20 conversation hubs in their areas of expertise, engaging their groups in dynamic discussions on pressing topics in global health policy, including the gender-equality path to health, youth-led development, and leadership change in global health. Distinguished leaders included Temitao Ifafore, USAID Health Workforce Technical Advisor, GHFP-II/Public Health Institute; George Dougherty, Director, Global Health Security, Health Industries Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Nellie Bristol, Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Experienced professionals hosted a series of 10-minute mentor sessions, where attendees had the opportunity to connect one-on-one around issues of their choosing. The diverse set of mentors included Jeff Meer, Executive Director, Handicap International; Rebecca Kohler, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, IntraHealth International; and Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

GHFP-II held a photo contest for attendees to partake which provided an opportunity for one participant to win two free airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. The winner will be announced on the GHFP-II website and social media platforms by March 15, 2017.

GHC and GHFP-II have partnered to convene global health professionals and stakeholders from across private, non-profit, government, academic, and donor sectors in a combined effort to help change the world. Other key sponsors included IntraHealth International and Global Impact. Photos from the event can be found here. To find similar and upcoming global health events, please visit

About Global Health Council
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About the Global Health Fellows Program II
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, led by the Public Health Institute (PHI), helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency’s current and future health programs. At different stages of their careers, this cadre of global health talent is motivated, technically excellent, well-supported, representative of the diversity of the American people and committed to contributing to USAID’s success in key global health priority areas. Learn more at

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