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.