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Global Health Council Commends the Confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green to Lead USAID

Washington, DC (August 4, 2017) – Global Health Council (GHC) welcomes the confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Yesterday, the Senate unanimously approved Ambassador Green’s nomination.

“Ambassador Green brings years of experience and a deep understanding of the critical role the United States has in development and humanitarian responses,” said Loyce Pace, GHC President and Executive Director. “His leadership is needed at an agency currently facing budget cuts and discussing how to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness across its programs.”

As USAID Administrator, Ambassador Green will be charged with overseeing legacy initiatives such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative, and U.S. commitments to end preventable child and maternal deaths and achieving an AIDS-free generation.  In addition, USAID plays a critical role improving systems and societies worldwide that can withstand the threat and effects of emerging health priorities.

“GHC looks forward to working with Ambassador Green in targeting several milestones across development, particularly in the area of global health,” said Pace.

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. Follow GHC on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook for more information.

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Statement in Support of Extending the Global Health Security Agenda Beyond 2019

The Global Health Council, Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, Global Health Security Agenda Private Sector Roundtable, and Next Generation Global Health Security Network represent an international membership of over 100 organizations and companies operating in over 150 countries dedicated to achieving a world safe and secure from threats posed by infectious diseases. We are organizations with wide-ranging and complementary missions, and we stand together in our heightened concern about the increasing potential for pandemics to emerge and spread. The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is an irreplaceable and proven mechanism for promoting measurable change in international preparedness to prevent and combat biological threats. We urge all GHSA participating countries, permanent advisors, and supporting organizations to take a firm decision to extend the GHSA beyond its current endpoint of 2019 – at a minimum for another five years. We also urge all countries to make and implement specific commitments, with a focus on financing strategies to fill gaps identified by external evaluations. The next phase of the GHSA will be a timely and critical opportunity to garner support from additional countries and stakeholders as well as ensure all countries undergo and publish independent and external evaluations. “GHSA 2.0” must focus on meaningful action, political will, and financing strategies to enact national roadmaps and fill existing gaps. The next phase also offers an opportunity to further harmonize the GHSA with one health strategies; strengthen pandemic preparedness of and communities’ access to the global health workforce; address emerging health and biosecurity threats of international concern; reduce systemic barriers; and maximize the role of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector.

Infectious diseases – whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental – kill millions, costs billions, and exacerbate political and economic instability. Over the last decade, global biological risk has been magnified by international travel; emerging disease threats in regions of instability; terrorist interest in weapons of mass destruction; regional conflict, migration, urbanization, and environmental degradation; and enhanced ability to manipulate pathogens with pandemic potential. When calculated in terms of lives lost, economic consequences, and global instability, infectious disease outbreaks pose an immeasurable cost when not stopped at the source.

Through its creative, commitment-driven, action-focused platform, the GHSA has served as a unique incubator to solve the toughest health security challenges. Specifically, the GHSA has succeeded in:

1.) Achieving sustained high-level attention on global health security;
2.) Developing and implementing the first agreed set of global metrics for national health security;
3.) Providing tangible support that has already improved response to disease threats, including the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cholera outbreak in Cameroon, measles outbreak in Pakistan, and yellow fever outbreak in Uganda;
Achieving hundreds of commitments to assist more than 75 countries;
4.) Creating and implementing independent and external evaluations of capability, which has led to external evaluations in over 40 countries outlining specific gaps;
5.) Publishing the first national roadmaps for implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) and pandemic preparedness with specific milestones, metrics, and timetables for improvement and integrating human and animal health sectors;
6.) Galvanizing health, security, development, agriculture, and defense agencies to work collaboratively and across sectors to achieve common targets;
7.) Mobilizing the private sector to engage in pandemic preparedness and response; and
8.) Training the next generation of young professionals and students in effective response to public health emergencies.

Before the GHSA was launched in 2014, more than 80% of countries missed the 2012 deadline to achieve full implementation of the IHR, and no effective mechanism existed for measuring country capacity or specific steps for improvement. Country reports were based solely on self-assessments. Independent external evaluations of national country capacity were not thought to be possible. In addition, many countries lacked capacity to meet their obligations to report on disease outbreaks in animals. Since that time, the GHSA has become the first and only effective international entity to convene government, civil society, and the private sector to elevate and accelerate multi-sector pandemic preparedness as each country’s national security priority and a global health imperative. Moreover, the GHSA has provided the first global venue of its kind focused on strengthening health systems capacity in a one health approach across multiple diseases that have the potential to cause an epidemic. In doing so, the GHSA has bridged broad gaps between different communities seeking to measurably reduce global biological risk. The GHSA provides a vital common agenda for action – something would need to be rebuilt if it were lost. The future of our collective global health security depends on reciprocal obligation between all nations. This will require practical shifts to enable actualized commitments. With the GHSA, the global architecture is now in place to identify, fill, and finance gaps.

The need for the GHSA has never been so crucial – now is not the time to take our foot off the gas.

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U.S. Senate Introduces Legislation Aimed to Save Lives of Women and Children Around the World

Washington, DC (August 3, 2017) – Yesterday, Global Health Council (GHC) applauded U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) who led a bipartisan group of 10 Senators to reintroduce the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S.1730). 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.

“Strong investments in maternal and child health programs have been critical in helping us to drastically reduce the number of maternal, newborn, and child deaths. However, every day women and children still die from preventable conditions such as complications during labor or from diarrhea, and this is unacceptable when we know what works,” said Loyce Pace, GHC President and Executive Director. “The Reach Every Mother and Child Act ensures that we are maximizing investments to save the lives of women and children around the world.”

The Reach Act builds upon the success of such global health initiatives as PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative, and would enact key reforms that increase the effectiveness and impact of USAID maternal and child survival programs. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House later this year.

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.

In addition to Senators Collins and Coons, the Reach Act is sponsored by Gerald Moran (R-KS), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Richard Durbin  (D-IL), and Chris Murphy (D-CT).

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.

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. Follow GHC on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook for more information.

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Gutting Global Health Programs Serves No One

Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) — Today the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that contains a 26 percent decrease in global health funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State, as well as the elimination of development assistance. 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. Of note, is the zeroing out of USAID’s family planning programs and critical partnerships through Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These cuts will have a significant impact on current global health programs, and will have a devastating effect on the world’s poor as well as ripple effects for Americans.

Global Health Council is deeply concerned that these drastic budget cuts would impede efforts to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and polio; improving maternal and child health; and strengthening global responses to disease outbreaks such as Zika and Ebola.

These cuts, coupled with the Trump’s administration proposal to reorganize and possibly eliminate federal agencies and programs, signal a shift away from the leadership role the United States has played in development. Gutting global health and development programs and drastically reducing the workforce will not balance the budget and will end up putting Americans at risk for the consequences of U.S. disengagement.

“What we’re dealing with is a public relations campaign, not sound policy. Declaring war on global health and development serves no one. It doesn’t balance the budget or generate jobs or benefit Americans in any meaningful way. These cuts the administration has proposed for agencies and programs only roll back progress we’ve made on making Americans safer from epidemics and instability or more prosperous from innovation and strong economies. We can either invest in what works today or pay many times over for the consequences tomorrow,” stated Loyce Pace, MPH, President and Executive Director of Global Health Council.

Foreign assistance, including global health, accounts for just 1% of the overall federal budget, but this low cost of life-saving programs yields a significant return on U.S. investments. What’s more: U.S. investments in global health work. With support from the United States, we are within sight of an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and eradicating polio, measles, and guinea worm. These investments in global health contribute to broader foreign policy goals, including stabilizing volatile areas, supporting overseas disaster response, and accelerating trade and development.

Global Health Council calls on Congress to continue to support global health programs, by supporting at a minimum, funding at the FY17 levels for FY2018, but for the greatest impact at least $10.5 billion, and $60 billion overall for the Foreign 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.

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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. Global Health Council published “Global Health Works: Maximizing U.S. Investments for Healthier and Stronger Communities,” comprehensive consensus recommendations and impact stories available at www.ghbb.globalhealth.org.

Follow GHC on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook for more information.

Media Contacts

Liz Kohlway, Communications & Member Engagement Manager
Global Health Council
ekohlway@globalhealth.org
(703) 717-5251

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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.

Follow GHC on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook.

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.

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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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