GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 12/18/2017

Join GHC in APHA’s 2018 “1 Billion Steps” Challenge

From January 1 to April 8, 2018, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is hosting its 1 Billion Steps Challenge, a walking challenge designed for the neighborhood, workplace, or congregation, in buildup to National Public Health Week (April 2 – April 8, 2018). The goal is to reach one billion collective steps by the end of the first week of April. GHC is excited to be a part of this joint effort to promote good health and well-being in the community and we would like to invite our members, partners, and friends to join Team Global Health Council. Feel free to follow the prompts provided in the link, and if you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

Calling the Next Generation of Global Health Leaders

Global Health Corps is seeking young leaders to join their team as 2018-2019 fellows. Applications for one-year paid fellowship positions in the U.S. and East and Southern Africa (including with Global Health Council in Washington, DC) are open through January 17, 2018. Positions are available in data analysis, health informatics, monitoring & evaluation, social work, communications, policy, fundraising, design, architecture, business, and more. Learn more about this health equity movement and make sure to check the Advocacy Associate and Communications Associate positions available at Global Health Council.

UHC Day Honored as an Official Day by the United Nations

On December 12, the world marked the first-ever Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day by promoting Health For All messages among the masses. The importance of UHC was reinforced by the United Nations (UN) when it formally recognized the day as an annual event. This same day, a new report identifying insights on community health worker implementation programs was released by six organizations – Hope Through Health, Last Mile Health, Living Goods, Muso, Partners In Health, and Possible. Also, WHO acknowledged the day through a global report summarizing health data spending trends between 2000 and 2015. Finally, the 2018 UHC Financing Forum has announced a call for breakout session proposals, which should be submitted by January 12, 2018.


1) December 5: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) issued a call for case studies to show inspiring examples of multi-sectoral collaboration designed to improve women, children, and adolescent health. Deadline to submit is January 21, 2018.
2) December 11: Aidsfonds and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance announced a call for proposals on regional activities for their PITCH program in Southern Africa. Deadline to submit is January 8, 2018.
3) December 13: International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)’s three-month HIV prevention vaginal ring (dapivirine microbicide ring) commenced clinical trials last week.
4) December 14: The Government of Japan will invest $50 million USD in the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage.
5) December 14: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its first report on the severe health and developmental challenges of children with microcephaly and evidence of congenital Zika virus infection in northeastern Brazil.