GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 10/23/2017

WHO Requests Feedback on the WHO Director-General Election Process
In an ongoing effort to be more transparent, WHO has invited non-state actors to solicit feedback on the election process for the new Director-General through a confidential web-based public survey hosted on a secure WHO platform. The organization aspires to utilize the findings from the survey as well as data from other stakeholders to facilitate an informed discussion at the 142nd session of the Executive Board in January 2018.The deadline for the survey is October 31. Access the survey.

UNAIDS Launches New Coalition to Prioritize HIV Prevention
On October 10, the first meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition was held in Geneva, Switzerland, showcasing a renewed commitment to the cause.  During the meeting, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and partners also launched the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map, which highlights 10 concrete steps that countries must take to accelerate progress in this area. The Coalition includes United Nations Member States, civil society, international organizations, and other partners dedicated to preventing the rise of new infections by 75 percent by 2020. Read the press release.

PATH Releases Recommendations on Engaging the Private Sector in the Global Health Landscape
As USAID is undergoing the next phase of the government reform process, a new policy paper from GHC member PATH, Innovating Foreign Assistance, Harnessing the Power of the Private Sector to Achieve US Global Health and Development Goals, offers recommendations for how the U.S. government can garner more private investment to overcome development challenges. This paper was developed with insights based on PATH’s 40 years of experience building partnerships with the public, private, and social sectors to achieve health and development results.


1) October 8 The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently awarded an A+ rating to GHC member IMA World Health-implemented Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (ASTUTE) program.
2) October 9GHJournalSearch is a centralized database of core peer-reviewed global health journals developed by the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Programs’ Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project and GHC member Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), which will aid authors in locating the best platform for their intended publication.
3) October 11The release of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) Progress Report for 2014-2016 highlights achievements of global stakeholders who have worked to reduce the burden of NCDs.
4) October 13: GHC member Arogya World recently completed testing of a new nutrition tool, “My Thali,” which aims to encourage healthy eating habits among the urban demographic in India.
5) October 18: A new report from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017, reveals that the rate of newborn deaths is not decreasing as fast as the rate of deaths in children aged one to five.