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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 3/20/2017

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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.

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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 www.globalhealth.org.

About Global Health Council
Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; we convene stakeholders around key priorities and actively engage with decision makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org.

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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 www.ghfp.net.

Follow GHFP II and connect with our Global Health Fellows on TwitterLinkedIn, or “Like” us on Facebook.

Media Contacts
Ann Wheatley, Vice President
Global Impact – Secretariat for the Global Health Council
(703) 717-5224
ann.wheatley@charity.org

Angelina Gordon, Director, Communications, Outreach and Diversity
Global Health Fellows Program II
(202) 808-3800
agordon@ghfp.net

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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 3/6/2017

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TFGH17 Draws A Packed House
Last Wednesday, more than 400 global health professionals came together at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC, for an evening abound with excitement, informative exchanges, new connections, and a rich profusion of thought-provoking discussions. Co-hosted by GHC and Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II), the fourth annual The Future of Global Health (TFGH17) unconference attracted an unprecedented number of participants, ranging from early-level to seasoned professionals, with diverse backgrounds and experience across several major global health themes. Key conversations included: leadership, technology, gender equality, and research and development. “The general idea of an unconference and the opportunities it presents for networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing is what attracted me to this event. I’ve had a phenomenal time,” said one participant. View highlights from the event.


Attend the CUGH-GHC 2017 Global Health Career Fair
Join GHC and CUGH for a Global Health Career Fair on April 6 in Washington, DC. Attendance for participants is free, but please register in advance. The Career Fair will showcase information about academic programs, courses, and employment opportunities from employers and others working in the global health/development space! Meet prospective employers, university representatives, and faculty from a wide range of organizations. The following day the 8th Annual CUGH Conference, which attracts nearly 2,000 global health leaders, faculty, students and implementers, will begin.


GHC at the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA)
GHC and many of its members and partners will attend the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland at the end of May. GHC will again send a delegation of its members to WHA, provide hotel room blocks, host a special calendar events online, and organize side-events throughout the week. More details regarding GHC at WHA, and how to get involved, will be released next week. In the meantime, check out last year’s GHC WHA activitiesPlease note that you must be a GHC member in good standing (paid dues for 2017) to apply for GHC’s WHA delegation. 


PMNCH Seeks Public Consultation on Global Financing Facility Civil Society Engagement Strategy
The Global Financing Facility (GFF), officially launched in July 2015, is a multi-stakeholder partnership that supports country-led efforts to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH). Civil society is a critical RMNCAH stakeholder with significant value, expertise, and skills to bring to the GFF at country and global levels, working towards mutual goals to end preventable deaths of women, newborns, children, and adolescents by 2030. In order to enhance civil society engagement in the GFF, a group of civil society stakeholders began a process in late 2016, to develop a comprehensive Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The draft strategy, developed by PMNCH in partnership with the GFF Secretariat, is now available in English and en Français. You can provide comments on the draft strategy through the public consultation portal until March 13.


 Gavi CSO Steering Committee Issues a Call for Nominations
Gavi CSO Steering Committee representatives bring a unique and valuable perspective to the work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), as well as important organizational resources to support Gavi’s mission. In addition, each of the civil society organizations represented plays a different part in ensuring that vaccines reach children. Applications to fill five vacancies on the Gavi CSO Steering Committee are now open. Particular consideration will be given to nominations coming from countries that have not previously been represented on the Gavi CSO Steering Committee, as well as from countries that are not currently represented (see Steering Committee profiles). Completed nominations should be submitted by March 24. View the full call for nominations.


 Georgia Tech Offers Course on Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management
The Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS) will offer the annual Professional Certificate Program in Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management from May 15 – 20 at Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center. The certificate program is designed for practitioners in private industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, military, and others who are active participants or interested in health and humanitarian operations. There are a limited number of scholarships available (for those applying from NGOs or developing countries). Priority will be given to early applicants. Please e-mail Meghan Smithgall with any questions or to inquire about applying for a scholarship.


WHO Publishes List of Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens
In recent decades, the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs have become a global threat, hampering our ability to effectively treat infections such as tuberculosis, malaria, and gonorrhea. Last Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” to highlight 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to humankind. The new tool will serve as a guide to promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics in response to urgent public health needs. “If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation. View the press release.

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Yes We Can! Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science

This guest post was written by Tamika Sims, Director of Communications, International Food Information Council Foundation and originally appeared on the organization’s website.

I am woman, hear me roar … about science!

If you haven’t heard, women are pioneers in the world of science. To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to shine a light on some women we see continuing this great legacy, enhancing our scientific world, and positively influencing humanity, as well as the world of agriculture.

Haven’t heard of International Day of Women and Girls in Science? Well, here are some background details: The declaration of Feb. 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science by the United Nations (UN) marks a much-needed acknowledgment of the disproportionate number of young girls and women not receiving the same educational and scientific career opportunities around the globe as their male counterparts. Gender equality and science are among the top priorities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established by the United Nations. The UN firmly believes that both gender equality and science contribute immeasurably to the creation of a sustainable world.

Young women all over the globe are ready to be the world’s next great scientist. Loving science and biology as a young girl isn’t weird. Yes, I wear a dress under my lab coat … and no, I am not odd.

Just ask Professor Neena Mitter, PhD, an agricultural biotechnologist at the University of Queensland in Australia. Dr. Mitter and her research team recently published a paper on their discovery of “BioClay,” which is a non-pesticide topical treatment for plants to encourage protection against viral infections. This can reduce the need for the use of pesticides and is noted to be safe for the environment due to its quick degradation.

In a recent interview with MyScience.org, Dr. Mitter noted, “The use of BioClay offers sustainable crop protection and residue-free produce – which consumers demand. …The cleaner approach will value-add to the food and agri-business industry, contributing to global food security and to a cleaner, greener image of Queensland.”

For Dr. Mitter, the drive to be an agricultural biotechnologist came from wanting to learn how agricultural research could combat hunger and poverty in India.

“I [soon] realized that science could play a key and vital role in addressing the issues facing the farming community,” Dr. Mitter said. “The roots are grounded in my Indian heritage, which recognizes the significance of agriculture in shaping the world, economically, socially, environmentally, and politically.”

Dr. Mitter also hopes that she can inspire other young girls and women to be scientists.

“I am passionate to develop the next generation of young scientists as foundations for the future,” Mitter said.  “I encourage them to deliver excellence through an innovative mindset, global opportunities, and industry connections. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them’ (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and first female elected head of state in Africa as president of Liberia in 2005).”

We also caught up with Stacey Kigar, PhD, president of the executive board of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS). GWIS is a national organization founded nearly 100 years ago that supports science education and scientific careers for women by providing endowments, fellowships, professional development, and networking opportunities for their members. GWIS also does a substantial amount of mentoring, outreach, and leadership development.

When asked about her thoughts on inspiring and supporting others to be a scientist, Dr. Kigar reflects on her college days.

“Larry Summers [then Harvard president] gave an infamous speech suggesting that women are perhaps less capable with respect to math and science,” said Dr. Kigar. “The university Women in Science group quickly organized a panel to push back against this idea, managing to secure several women faculty members, the Provost, and several deans from science departments as speakers. In today’s parlance, I suppose this would be when I ‘got woke’ to the nuanced issues women face which can stymie their careers—e.g., taking on the primary role of caregiver for young children in the absence of university-provided daycare.”

GWIS has also set its sights on supporting women and young girls internationally who face roadblocks in pursuing education.

“We (GWIS) have submitted grants to ensure girls are given desks in rural Nigerian schools; we would also like to obtain funds to purchase journal access for university researchers in South America,” Dr. Kigar said.

We certainly salute the efforts to further scientific research and support of women in science, of Dr. Mitter and her research team, and Dr. Kigar and the GWIS team. I can remember being a young scientist in graduate school and appreciating the support of my family and friends, and being grateful for having strong women scientists to look up to.

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TFGH17 PHOTO CONTEST – WIN FREE AIRLINE TICKETS!


ENTER THE PHOTO CONTEST & WIN AIRLINE TICKETS!

To enter, you must attend TFGH17 and share a photo on Twitter or Instagram, tag @GHFPII and use the #TFGH17 hashtag, and provide a short caption about your contribution to the “Next Generation of Global Health Professionals.”

You can submit as many entries as you like, but photos will be judged on originality, strength of caption, and image quality. All entries must be publicly searchable to qualify and be posted by 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2017.

The top photo entry will win two roundtrip Delta airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States, valid until 2/28/2018.

Rules:

Post your entry to either Twitter or Instagram by 11:59 pm ET on March 1, 2017. Only original photos will be accepted (no retweets or regrams).
Enjoy the cocktail reception at #TFGH17, but be sure to OMIT DRINKS from the photo.
Include a short caption about your contribution to the “Next Generation of Global Health Professionals.”
Include the hashtag #TFGH17 AND tag @GHFPII.

Disclaimer and Rules: Only publicly searchable photos taken during the event, omitting alcohol, using the hashtags and handles mentioned above will be considered. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 1, 2017. GHFP-II will message the photo contest winner via Twitter or Instagram for contact details and next steps by March 15, 2017. You can submit as many entries as you like, but note that photos will be judged on originality, strength of caption content, and image quality. We look forward to seeing your photos!

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