GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 11/20/2017

Driving Home the Importance of Safe Sanitation
On November 15, USAID and the U.S. Department of State released the whole-of-government Global Water Strategy required by the Water for the World Act. While Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is one of the four strategic objectives outlined, the strategy also addresses global health issues such as under-5 mortality from diarrhea and morbidity and mortality resulting from Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The Strategy’s release coincides with World Toilet Day (November 19). On this day, PATH’s Defeat DD campaign, “Toilet Talks,” welcomed global health advocates, including Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director of GHC, who stressed the importance of curbing the spread of diarrhea. Promote PATH’sDefeat DD report on social media with the hashtag #DefeatDD.

Special WHO Executive Board (EB) Session Highlights the Draft Thirteenth General Programme of Work
On November 22 – 23, WHO will host the 4th WHO Executive Board Special Session in Geneva, Switzerland. The session will focus on the draft thirteenth general programme of work 2019 – 2023. This document, along with the session’s provisional agenda, live webcast link, and other supporting materials can be found on WHO’s website. A number of organizations have commented on both the concept note and subsequent draft programme of work. Moreover, GHC has met with U.S. officials to offer our input in advance of the EB session. We will continue to track this process and offer feedback to leaders at WHO. If you are a GHC member and will like to share additional feedback, please email us.

NCD Alliance Seeking Civil Society Assistance to Develop Priorities for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)
The third UN HLM will take place in September 2018, and NCD Alliance is reaching out to civil society to gather feedback in advance of the meeting. To do this, they have initiated a broad consultation process with a survey that aims to understand how NCD progress has been viewed since 2014. Survey answers will inform advocacy priorities for the outcome of the 2018 UN HLM. The initial advocacy priorities will be shared at the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from December 9 – 11, 2017. The deadline to complete the survey is November 24.


1) November 7: 
NCDFREE’s Feast Of Ideas campaign, focusing this year on alcohol’s health and social harms, encourages friends and family members to address this issue by sharing ideas and solutions via their website or on social media using the hashtags #feastofideas or #FOI17.
2) November 13: Last week (November 13 – 19) was World Antibiotic Awareness Week and WHO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), released aninteractive platform to help raise awareness on curbing the spread of antibiotic resistance.
3) November 15: The 2018 Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs), which outlines the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)’s support for national malaria control program strategic priorities, are now available on the PMI website.
4) November 17: Johnson and Johnson (J&J) commemorated World Prematurity Day by releasing a new infographic highlighting the five ways the company works to bring babies into a safe and healthy world.