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GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 04/23/2018

The Global Health Community Gets #ReadyToBeatMalaria

Ahead of World Malaria Day (April 25), the global health community has renewed its commitment to ending malaria, a preventable, treatable, and curable disease, which manages to endure despite significant global progress. During the 2018 World Malaria Summit last week, world leaders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.K. government, contributed $4.1 billion to the fight against malaria. The road towards eradicating malaria has reached a pivotal moment, and U.S. leadership is needed, now more than ever, to ensure that resurgence and drug resistance do not overpower progress. Recognizing this, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched their new Tipping Point report on April 12 and hosted a Twitter Chat to discuss ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria once and for all. View the chat takeaways.

USAID Releases New Materials for Health Advocates

USAID’s Advocacy for Better Health (ABH) program in Uganda runs on the sole proviso that “when citizens know their rights and responsibilities and hold those in power accountable, change at all levels is possible.” This social accountability and citizen engagement model has resulted in a successful program since 2014. In particular, the program focuses on improving health policies; increasing budgets; strengthening health service delivery; and holding leaders accountable for health policies through sustainable, citizen-centered advocacy. PATH, one of the program leads, recently shared impact stories and the program’s new website and portfolio which dives deeper into the ABH program and the model behind it. Consider spreading the word on social media using the hashtag #Advocacy4Impact or follow @PATHtweets on Twitter to learn more.

Commitments to End Polio and Yellow Fever Builds the Momentum Towards World Immunization Week

On April 16, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative announced that the United Arab Emirates fulfilled its $120 million commitment made at the 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, paving the way towards sustained on-the-ground eradication efforts within vulnerable communities in Pakistan. This support contributed to a 97 percent decline in cases from 2014 – 2017 and a report of just 22 wild polio cases worldwide in 2017. The good news continued with an announcement from WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and partners of a joint commitment to protect nearly one billion people in Africa against yellow fever by 2026. Spread the word on vaccine effectiveness via WHO’s World Immunization Week (April 24 – 30) campaign materials and read a new WHO blog exploring reasons why immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are steadily declining.

NEWSBITES:

April 5: Devex, in collaboration with Philips, explored the acceleration of progress towards health and health-related SDGs and the potential role that private sector plays in a new report.

April 9: Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT) released four new Solve challenges, one of which is dedicated to frontline health worker investments and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care. Deadline to post a solution is July 1, 2018.

April 12: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced a call for applications for the 2018 CSIS Accelerator Series, a training program designed to help young professionals refine their leadership, strategic management, professional, and communications skills. Deadline for applications is May 15.

April 17: Organizers of the Second International Conference on Primary Healthcare announced an opportunity for the public to shape a new Declaration on Primary Health Care. Share input on the draft Declaration by April 23, 12:00 AM CEST.

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 04/09/2018

NCD Child Encourages Young Minds to Participate in Global Art Contest

On April 3, ahead of World Health Day (April 7), NCD Child launched a global art and video contest for adolescents to visually highlight the importance of non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control for young people and their communities. Based on the theme, Health For Youth = #HealthForAll, the contest invites artists between the ages of 12 and 21 to electronically submit original drawings, paintings, or videos. Finalists will be formally recognized at a ceremony during the 2018 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York City. The contest is supported by a grant to NCD Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics from Novo Nordisk. Deadline for submissions is May 31.

World Health Worker Week Elevates the Voices of Real Changemakers

The Fifth Annual World Health Worker Week (WHWW) took place last week (April 2 -8), with several events occurring in the Washington, DC area. OnApril 2, IntraHealth International and Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC) co-hosted a Twitter chat to highlight health workers who are influencing policy change and to generate ideas to help health workers become more effective advocates. On April 5, FHWC, the United Nations Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson hosted a Health Heroes + SocialGood summit, which re-invigorated a vital call to action to support and empower health workers worldwide. Follow up on all of the WHWW social media conversations using the hashtags #HealthHeroes and #HealthWorkersCount. Also, view FHWC and IntraHealth International blogs, which amplify the voices of health workers who are creating powerful changes in their health systems. Next up on the World Day circuit is the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights on April 11. Consider joining a blog carnival to champion maternal and reproductive health advocates.

New Global Health Fellow Program (GHFP) II Crossover Study Seeks Participants

Last month, Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II launched a qualitative study to identify the motivations, challenges, and successes of a unique group of professionals who have experienced a “crossover” between their global and public health careers. Previous research shows that most health professionals stay in their area of specialty throughout their careers. Moreover, there is significant evidence of domestic health professionals finding it difficult to transition into global health work. This study will explore the experiences of select professionals, especially those who were able to successfully move from domestic public health to global health work. If you are interested in participating and want to see if you qualify for the study, please complete this survey by April 27.

NEWSBITES:

1) March 26
: Organizers of the 2018 Global Health Mini-University, an annual, one-day learning forum bringing together global health professionals and students, announced calls for sessions proposals to shape the event. Deadline for submission is April 20.
2) March 29: CORE Group opened registration for its first post-conference workshop following the Global Health Practitioner Conference (to be held in June 2018), focusing on the integration of NCDs into global health programs.
3) April 2: PATH’s Defeat Diarrheal Disease Initiative and partners announced, Take the Plunge, an interactive experience that will enable advocates to explore the solutions that ensure children survive childhood and reach their full potential.
4) April 2: A new PBS film, Global Health: Preventing Pandemic, will be screened in New York later this month at an event hosted by Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Rabin Martin as well as in Washington, DC, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ headquarters. The screenings will be followed by panel discussions by global health experts.
5) April 3: WHO updated its position paper on typhoid vaccines to formally recommend the use of the first typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) in routine immunization programs of typhoid-endemic countries.

 

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 03/26/2018
New Reports and Factsheets on World Water Day and World Tuberculosis (TB) Day Highlight Challenges and Opportunities That Lie Ahead
Last week, the world recognized World Water Day on March 22 and World TB Day on March 24. WaterAid’s Water Gap: The State of the World’s Water 2018 Report highlighted an alarming rise in the number of people struggling to access clean water. Evidence from the report shows 844 million people around the world, 200 million more than previously counted, currently face difficulties accessing this basic amenity. Recognizing World TB Day, CDC released a TB fact sheet showcasing recent progress made and the challenges that remain in preventing, detecting, and responding to the disease. Also, a new article authored by David Bryden, TB Advocacy Officer at GHC member RESULTS, urged strong action to stem the transmission of TB in low-resource school settings.

 Women in Global Health (WGH) Launches Washington, DC Chapter

On March 22, Women in Global Health embarked on a new chapter in their story by initiating the WGH Washington, DC Chapter. The launch event included a panel discussion, “Walk the Talk on Gender Equality,” where distinguished speakers stressed the need for attribution, influencing the youth, and ensuring that global health policies that affect women are made with women at the table. The evening culminated with GHC Board member Paurvi Bhatt, Managing Director of Global Health and Community Well-being at Medtronic Foundation, making a call for commitments from event attendees to advance women in global health leadership as well gender equality at all levels. Share your commitment through social media using the hashtags #womeningh and #WGHinDC.


Population Reference Bureau’s New Website Features Exciting Interactive Content
On March 25, GHC member PRB launched its new website, which contains more than 2,000 pages of informative content and interactive digital features. New elements include: Focus Areas, where PRB content is organized by aging, gender, youth and other areas so you can find topic-relevant items in one click; Data Center, which lets you view a range of population and health indicators for the United States and for countries of the world, and download data and images; and Resources, where you are directed to some of PRB’s most popular products such as PRB Data Sheets, the Population Handbook, PRB Population Bulletins, and Visual Products. Visit the PRB website and learn more about PRB’s latest edition of How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth.


 News Bites:

1) March 12
: The Triangle Global Health Consortium is seeking final votes for the 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award, which honors promising global health leaders in North Carolina. Deadline for voting is April 9, 5:00 PM EDT.
2) March 21: South Sudan’s Minister of Health announced the nation’s successful interruption of the transmission of the Guinea worm disease for 15 consecutive months.
3) March 21: A new article from Management Sciences for Health emphasized the need to continue CDC’s epidemic preparedness work in U.S. partner countries and strengthened the global health community’s call for sustained funding for the agency.
4) March 22: The Kaiser Family Foundation released a budget summary analyzing global health-related funding mentioned in the FY18 Omnibus Bill and comparing U.S. global health funding in the FY18 omnibus to the FY17 omnibus and FY18 request.
Global Health Council Rejects Proposed Cuts to Global Health Programs and U.S. Foreign Assistance

Washington, DC (February  12, 2018) — Today the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 that contains a 30 percent decrease in the foreign affairs budget, including global health programs, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State. In addition, cuts were recommended for programs at the Department of Health and Human Services that support global health, global health research and development, and global health security. These proposed cuts undermine the impact of previous U.S. investments, as well as the leadership role the United States has in the world.

At a time when we are in sight of achieving an AIDS-free generation, ending preventable child and maternal deaths, and eradicating polio, Global Health Council is deeply concerned that drastic budget cuts would roll back these milestones, as well as slow efforts to strengthening global responses to disease outbreaks such as Zika and Ebola.

“For the second year in a row, the Trump administration has gutted foreign assistance and global health programs, which not only jeopardize the gains we have made in global health, but also our commitments to build stronger, more self-reliant communities around the world,” stated Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director of Global Health Council. “The President’s budget document acknowledges the importance of these programs and the process of transitioning countries from aid to self-reliance, but cuts the very programs that will help to get them there.”

Last year, Congress soundly rejected President Trump’s budget for FY2018. Global Health Council calls on Congress to do the same this year by continuing to support global health and development programs in International Affairs account. Funding these critical accounts that support health, WASH, education, nutrition, and gender programs, as well as humanitarian responses, ultimately strengthens U.S. leadership around the world and fosters a safer, more prosperous America.

Appropriations Budget Table (as of February 2018)

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Advocacy Update ~ February 12, 2018

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

6 More Weeks of FY18 Appropriations Discussions

On Friday morning, President Trump signed into law a budget deal that includes a six-week stopgap spending bill, the fifth Continuing Resolution (CR) for this fiscal year (FY). This CR will keep the government open through March 23. This latest activity came about after extensive debates on lifting the spending caps and a push by House Democrats for a floor vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The budget deal and CR was temporarily threatened by Senator Rand Paul, who blocked a vote until after midnight on Thursday night, resulting in a brief government shutdown – the second one of the fiscal year.

The budget deal resolves the challenge Congress was facing on spending caps and sequestration. The legislation a $320 billion package that raises discretionary and non-defense discretionary spending over the next two years. Breaking this down, defense spending will rise by $80 billion and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending will rise by $63 billion for FY18, with $21 billion in NDD targeted for domestic priorities. For FY19, defense spending will increase an additional $85 billion and NDD spending will go up an additional $68 billion.

While the increase in NDD spending allows leeway for appropriators to maintain level funding in the International Affairs account (150 account), final allocations, known as 302(b), for each spending bill, still need to be determined. With about one-third of the increase in NDD spending already targeted for specific programs, it doesn’t leave much left to be allocated to other accounts. Moreover, the budget deal includes a cut to the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) in the 150 account, meaning that our best hope for level funding for this account is to increase base spending. The 302(b) levels are expected tonight or Tuesday morning. Then appropriators will spend the next six weeks finalizing FY2018 spending bills, most likely wrapping all spending bills into an omnibus bill.

View GHC Appropriations Chart.

President’s FY19 Budget

The President’s FY19 Budget is expected to be released today. It’s unclear if a full budget or a “skinny” budget, with just topline numbers, will be made available. Justifications for the recommendations are not expected until spring. Similar to last year, we expect to see around a one-third cut to the International Affairs budget. GHC will release an analysis of the budget when it is available.

State Department Releases 6-month Review of Mexico City Policy

Last week the State Department released a review of the first six months of the implementation of the expansion of the Mexico City Policy (renamed to the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance). With the review covering May-September 2016, and many awards, particularly within PEPFAR, not yet subjected to the policy, it wasn’t expected that anything more than a superficial analysis could be provided. The review cites that only four NGOs declined to comply with the policy, but over 500 prime recipients of U.S. funding have not yet had to determine compliance. The review primarily acknowledged the need for clarification on parts of the language dealing with financial support, training, and termination due to non-compliance.

The State Department committed to another review to be completed by December 15, 2018. GHC will continue to advocate with the State Department and other agencies for a thorough and transparent review in order to fully understand the impact of and how to mitigate harm from this expanded policy.

Read the Six Month Review.

Read GHC’s statement.

CDC Plans to Pull Back from 39 of 49 Country Posts

In January, the Wall Street Journal reported that CDC would downsize its programs in 39 of the 49 countries where CDC maintains an overseas presence to support global health security activities. The downsizing is in anticipation of the expiring five year Ebola supplemental package at the end of FY19. The remaining ten countries that the CDC plans to focus on are India, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Guatemala. In response to this potential scale back, Global Health Council, the Global Health Security Consortium, Next Generation Global Health Security Network, and the Global Health Technologies Coalition sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and others in the administration, to share the concerns on the pending funding cliff and asked for an open dialogue with HHS to discuss how to move forward. Read the letter here. The letter was circulated on news platforms such as the Washington Post and CNN.

Dr. Anne Schuchat Assumes Acting Director Role at CDC

Dr. Anne Schuchat will serve as acting director of CDC following the resignation of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald at the end of January. Dr. Fitzgerald’s resignation came shortly after Politico published reports that exposed her investments in a tobacco company after she accepted the director’s position.