GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 10/10/2017

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms World Health Organization (WHO)’s Senior Leadership Team
On October 3, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros confirmed a select group that will guide the organization towards achieving a healthier world for all. The team includes highly-qualified individuals who care about issues such as universal health coverage, mental health, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), women and children’s health, and climate change. More importantly, it includes global health representatives ranging in geography, race, and gender. In fact, 60 percent of the team is comprised of women, marking it as a milestone for women in global health. Read biographies of the senior leaders.

WHO Accepting Comments on its 13th General Programme of Work 2019-2023
The Draft concept note towards WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023 (GPW13) was published on WHO’s website in late August 2017. GPW13 lays out the WHO Director-General’s vision and priorities, with a focus on its governance role, operational capacity, and impact on broad health and development goals. GHC previously released a number of priorities for Dr. Tedros and his team and is pleased that several of these recommendations are addressed in the plan. Currently, WHO’s six regional committees are reviewing and providing feedback on the draft. The tentative timeline for adoption is as follows: 1) The initial draft will be considered at a special WHO Executive Board session in early November; 2) The next draft will be presented at the January 2018 WHO Executive Board meeting; 3) The draft will be considered as an agenda item for the 71st World Health Assembly in May. We invite you to submit comments via or directly to the online platform until October 13.

PAI Clarifies Restrictions Imposed by the Expanded Mexico City Policy
On September 30, GHC member PAI released an unofficial guide detailing restrictions imposed by the expanded Mexico City policy, renamed as “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.” Effective on May 15, 2017, the policy prohibits U.S. foreign assistance to be provided to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide abortion services. PAI’s educational tool allows organizations to learn about what is permissible under the expanded Mexico City Policy so that critical life-saving health services may continue to operate effectively around the world. Please do not hesitate to email PAI if you have questions about the expanded Mexico City policy or any of the points in the guide, or to submit information on the experiences of organizations in implementing the policy.


1) September 20
: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine updated its 2017 report, “Global Health and the Future Role of the United States”, with new digital resources. The report focuses on 14 actionable recommendations aimed at improving global health.
2) October 3: Dr. Natalia Kanem was confirmed as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), heralding in new hope for family planning advocates worldwide. She is the first Latin American woman to hold the post.
3) October 4: The Global Task Force on Cholera Control launched its new plan, Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030. The Roadmap details strategies to reduce cholera deaths by 90 percent in endemic hotspots.
4) October 4: GHC member Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) released its 2016 Annual Report titled AIDS Free Generation, illustrating the organization’s progress in research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.