World AIDS Day 2016
Each year on December 1,  World AIDS Day is commemorated to honor the millions of people who have lost their lives to the AIDS pandemic, and to acknowledge and invigorate our global commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Through the collective efforts of civil society, multilateral organizations, governments, and donors worldwide, we continue to make steady progress in attaining an AIDS-free generation. In 2016, an additional one million people globally have gained access to antiretroviral therapy. This year, the day’s central theme was “Hands up for HIV Prevention,” with a focus on improving HIV-prevention strategies by addressing groups of people who are most vulnerable to transmission – adolescent girls and young women. Read more.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 
As part of the activities to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, human rights activists and advocates for gender equality have called on the global community to observe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) between November 25 and December 10. GBV is an issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It threatens lives, undermines families and communities, and impedes national progress. “The extent to which gender-based violence is rooted in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the “Orange the World” event in New York where UN Women kicked off the campaign. Read about the campaign and how to participate.

New Neglected Tropical Diseases Initiative
The Huffington Post recently launched “Project Zero,” a new initiative aimed at raising awareness of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Project Zero is a unique section on the Huffington Post with articles, videos, and photo essays dedicated to NTDs. Several NTDs will be highlighted during this year-long project, including human African trypanosomiasis (HAT or sleeping sickness) and efforts by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to develop two promising new treatments for this disease. Read more.

CFHI Thomas Hall Scholars Program
GHC member Child Family Health International launched a scholars program for rising leaders in global health who are dedicated to health equity. This scholarship is made available by Dr. Thomas Hall, a leader on global health issues who has spent much of his life committed to improving health in low-resource countries. The $1,500 award is open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate programs, and will go towards the program fee for a CFHI Global Health Education Program in 2017. Read about how to apply.