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Advocacy Update ~ November 20, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council.


Update on FY18 Appropriations

Congress is working against the clock to pass a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending bill before the Continuing Resolution (CR) ends on December 8. The final push will not be easy, as the current spending levels are higher than the budget caps for FY18. Unless Congress can pass a deal to raise the budget caps, across the board spending cuts, or sequester, will be triggered. It is expected that a short-term CR will be needed for the remainder of December, but it is unclear what a final spending bill will look like.  For the House and Senate proposed FY18 numbers click here.

End Tropical Diseases Act Marked up by House Foreign Affairs Committee

On November 15, Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) bill, The End Tropical Diseases Act (H.R. 1415), was marked up and passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill aims to expand programs to address neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which disproportionately impact individuals living in extreme poverty, especially in developing countries. Moreover, the bill calls for USAID and other federal agencies to not only respond to these diseases but also develop and distribute medicines to treat NTDs with an emphasis for field research on the impact of these treatments for future application. As Title II of the bill is under the jurisdiction of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the bill must be marked up by that committee before moving to the House floor for a vote. Read the press release statement from Congressman Smith here.

Roundtable Round-Up

1) In mid-November, the NCD Roundtable organized a Hill day and met with 12 Congressional offices to discuss the importance of NCDs in the global health agenda.
2) The Global Health Security Roundtable met with the Office of Global Health at CDC to receive a debrief on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) ministerial meeting and the extension of GHSA.

If you are interested in joining these roundtables please email

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 11/6/2017

Child Health Initiative Launches Declaration of Every Child’s Right to Safe & Healthy Streets

Road traffic injuries are the leading global cause of deaths for adolescents and 300 million children are regularly exposed to dangerously toxic levels of air pollution. Recognizing these grave dangers, the Declaration of Every Child’s Right to Safe & Healthy Streets was launched at the ‘Every Journey, Every Child’ Conference on October 4, containing six articles focused on the protection rights of children against road traffic injury and traffic related toxic air pollution. Mayors around the world, including those in the U.S., are invited to join the mayors of London, Accra, Guadalajara, and others in signing the Declaration. Read more about the conference.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Releases Results of its Global Health Security Work

On October 26, an article released in CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases(EID) journal showcased early results of CDC-supported Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) work in the first two years of its implementation. The analysis highlights the progress made by GHSA countries in their Phase 1 capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. The report indicates that across 17 countries,  675 advancements were made as a result of CDC’s GHSA work, specifically in the fields of disease surveillance, laboratory systems, workforce development, and emergency management and response. Read the full article.

Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) Fact Sheet Series Explores the Importance of Global Health R&D

On October 31, GHC member GHTC released a new four-part introductory fact sheet series detailing why global health R&D matters in global health, the achievements unlocked in this sector, and why this investment is important to America. Also, GHTC released another fact sheet series focusing on the global health R&D investments at specific U.S. agencies – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, Department of Defense, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). View both fact sheet series.

1) October 23PATH’s Center for Malaria Control and Elimination (CMCE) launched “A Conceptual Framework for Malaria Elimination,” a new report in their Malaria Learning Series, which builds directly upon the World Health Organization (WHO) Elimination Framework.
2) October 23: Ahead of the GHSA Ministerial held in Kampala, Uganda, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) released an analysis focusing on global biosecurity and biosafety gaps.
3) October 24: The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II 2018 internships are now open. Applications for summer internships must be submitted by November 28.
4) November 2: Kaiser Family Foundation released a new issue brief, “The U.S. Government and Global Health Security,” which includes an analysis of U.S. funding for global health security from FY 2006-2017 as well as the FY 2018 request.

2017 Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS 17) Social Media Toolkit

December 8, 2017
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC, 20009 United States
@GlobalHealthOrg  #GHLS17


Global Health Council (GHC)’s Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS17) is a one-day conference that will convene policy and program leads from global health organizations across multiple sectors. GHLS17 will encourage the asking and answering of difficult questions our sector faces about the current global health landscape and the future of global health.  We’re excited to announce that registration for this event is OPEN! View the GHLS17 webpage for the latest updates on speakers, agenda, and more.

As GHC members and partners, we hope that you can spread the word about registration, and promote this landmark event through your social media networks. Below is a selection of prepared tweets and Facebook posts for you to use as they are, or please feel free to personalize them. Remember to tag @GlobalHealthOrg (Twitter) and @globalhealthcouncil (Facebook), and utilize the hashtag #GHLS17. For questions, please contact

Timeline:  November 3, 2017 – December 5, 2017.                 

Sample Tweets:

1) [SHARE] Join @GlobalHealthOrg’s #GHLS17 to brainstorm #globalhealth solutions as a collective voice!

2) [SHARE] Excited for @GlobalHealthOrg’s #GHLS17? Share ideas to navigate the #globalheath landscape! 

3) [SHARE] Looking forward to hearing #globalhealth voices speak up @GlobalHealthOrg’s #GHLS17! 

4) [SHARE] What works? What doesn’t? Find out @GlobalHealthOrg’s #GHLS17 on Dec. 8. Register by Dec. 5: 

5) [SHARE] Participants from @COREGroupDC, @CGDev, @WorldVision & more @GlobalHealthOrg’s #GHLS17!

6) [SHARE] Tickets are running out for @GlobalHealthOrg’s #GHLS17 so register now! Deadline is Dec. 5.


Sample Facebook/Instagram posts:

1) [SHARE] Are you excited for Global Health Council’s [@globalhealthcouncil’s] Global Health Landscape Symposium? This landmark event will bring the voices of both speakers and participants to the forefront. Get ready to brainstorm #globalhealth solutions as one collective voice! More information on registration is available: #GHLS17 

2) [SHARE] Don’t miss out on an opportunity to attend Global Health Council’s [@globalhealthcouncil’s] #GHLS17 on December 8! Why? Because you could become part of the collective voice that will drill down on barriers and best practices to address changes in the global health landscape. Come and share ideas to better navigate the fluid #globalhealth landscape. Register today! 

3) [SHARE] Time is ticking to register for Global Health Council’s [@globalhealthcouncil’s] #GHLS17! This one-day event will convene policy and program leads from #globalhealth organizations across multiple sectors and encourage crucial conversations that drill down on barriers and best practices to address changes in the global health landscape. Curious to know what the agenda is? Check it out: 

4) [SHARE] In a changing #globalhealth landscape, we need to figure out what works. Register today and join @globalhealthcouncil’s #GHLS17 to engage with participants from @COREGroupDC, @WorldVisionInternational, @CGDev, and more! Updated information on the agenda and registration is available now:



GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 10/23/2017
WHO Requests Feedback on the WHO Director-General Election Process
In an ongoing effort to be more transparent, WHO has invited non-state actors to solicit feedback on the election process for the new Director-General through a confidential web-based public survey hosted on a secure WHO platform. The organization aspires to utilize the findings from the survey as well as data from other stakeholders to facilitate an informed discussion at the 142nd session of the Executive Board in January 2018.The deadline for the survey is October 31. Access the survey.

UNAIDS Launches New Coalition to Prioritize HIV Prevention
On October 10, the first meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition was held in Geneva, Switzerland, showcasing a renewed commitment to the cause.  During the meeting, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and partners also launched the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map, which highlights 10 concrete steps that countries must take to accelerate progress in this area. The Coalition includes United Nations Member States, civil society, international organizations, and other partners dedicated to preventing the rise of new infections by 75 percent by 2020. Read the press release.

PATH Releases Recommendations on Engaging the Private Sector in the Global Health Landscape
As USAID is undergoing the next phase of the government reform process, a new policy paper from GHC member PATH, Innovating Foreign Assistance, Harnessing the Power of the Private Sector to Achieve US Global Health and Development Goals, offers recommendations for how the U.S. government can garner more private investment to overcome development challenges. This paper was developed with insights based on PATH’s 40 years of experience building partnerships with the public, private, and social sectors to achieve health and development results.


1) October 8 The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently awarded an A+ rating to GHC member IMA World Health-implemented Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (ASTUTE) program.
2) October 9GHJournalSearch is a centralized database of core peer-reviewed global health journals developed by the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Programs’ Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project and GHC member Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), which will aid authors in locating the best platform for their intended publication.
3) October 11The release of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) Progress Report for 2014-2016 highlights achievements of global stakeholders who have worked to reduce the burden of NCDs.
4) October 13: GHC member Arogya World recently completed testing of a new nutrition tool, “My Thali,” which aims to encourage healthy eating habits among the urban demographic in India.
5) October 18: A new report from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017, reveals that the rate of newborn deaths is not decreasing as fast as the rate of deaths in children aged one to five.


Washington, DC (October 13, 2017) – On October 10, Global Health Council (GHC) applauded U.S. Representatives David Reichert (R-WA), Betty McCollum (D-MN),Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Daniel Donovan (R-NY), who reintroduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R. 4022) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation aims to accelerate the reduction of preventable child, newborn, and maternal deaths, putting us within reach of the global commitment to end these deaths within a generation.

“We are in reach of ending preventable maternal and child deaths—a great accomplishment in part due to U.S. leadership and investments in maternal and child health programs. Although we have drastically reduced the number of maternal, newborn, and child deaths, every day, 800 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth and more than 16,000 children still die from preventable causes,” said Loyce Pace, GHC President and Executive Director. “The Reach Every Mother and Child Act is an important step to ensure that we end these preventable deaths within a generation.”

The Reach Act builds upon the success of such global health initiatives as PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and would enact key reforms that increase the effectiveness and impact of USAID maternal and child survival programs. The U.S. Senate reintroduced the Reach Act in August.

Specifically, the legislation would require a coordinated U.S. government strategy that addresses ending preventable child and maternal deaths, as well as institute reporting requirements to improve efficiency, transparency, accountability, and oversight of maternal and child health programs. In addition, it would establish the position of Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator at USAID and ensure that the return on U.S. investments are maximized through a scale-up of the highest impact, evident-based interventions. The legislation would also allow USAID to explore innovative financing tools.

The Reach Act is supported by more than 50 diverse non-profit and faith-based organizations working to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child mortality at home and abroad.


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