GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 01/29/2018

WHO and Partners Seek Feedback on First Draft of Nurturing Care Framework

WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), supported by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Action Network, and others, are now accepting online feedback for their “Nurturing Care Framework.” The Framework will act as a tool that will enable the health sector to advance its role in ECD (especially in the first 1000 days since conception), and make the case that investment in this development stage is integral to achieving other Global Goals targets, such as Goal 4: Quality Education. This two-stage consultation is open to stakeholders from across geographies and sectors. Responses from the first consultation will inform the next draft, and a second feedback session will be available in March. Submission deadline is February 6.

World’s First Rotavirus Vaccine is Prequalified by WHO

On January 24, Bharat Biotech, a company based in Genome Valley, India, announced the WHO prequalification of its vaccine ROTAVAC, a low-cost treatment option that could drastically reduce the global disease burden of rotavirus infections. The prequalification allows this vaccine to be used in national immunization programs globally. Core funding for the development of ROTAVAC was received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GHC member PATH, and BIRAC – Department of Biotechnology (Government of India). Read the company’s official press release, as well as PATH’s supportive statement and DefeatDD blog.

Nuclear Threat Initiative to Significantly Expand Biosecurity Work

The Open Philanthropy Project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have offered grants to GHC member Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), making it possible to initiate new projects to curb global biological risks and continue to advocate for biosecurity commitments as an integral part of the Global Health Security Agenda. The initiatives will be led by Elizabeth Cameron, Ph.D., newly named Vice President of Global Biological Policy and Programs. View NTI’s press release. Also, NTI is seeking new applicants for their Biological Program. Deadline to apply for these positions is January 31.


1) January 17: GHC member the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) requests proposals for symposiato be submitted for their 67th Annual Meeting. Deadline isFebruary 21.

2) January 18: The International AIDS Conference 2018 offers opportunities for persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to participate in the event, including scholarships and submission of abstracts or youth program activities. View the options.

3) January 19: GHC member the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) announces a call for session proposals for the AIHM 2018 Annual Conference. Deadline is February 15.

4) January 23: The WHO EB elects Dr. Carissa Etienne for a second term as WHO Regional Director for the Americas. View the press release.

5) January 25: Last Mile Health and GHC member Living Goods launch an initiative at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting which will deploy 50,000 health workers to reach 35 million people with life-saving healthcare.