GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 12/19/16


United Nations Swears in New Secretary General
António Guterres took oath of office as the ninth Secretary General to the United Nations on December 12. The former Portuguese politician and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015) pledged to reposition development at the center of the organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad of challenges facing the international community. The new incumbent also took occasion at his swearing in ceremony to pay tribute to former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and applaud his action on climate change, gender equality, and the refugee crisis. Read about the new Secretary General’s priorities for Agenda 2030.
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No More Epidemics Makes Statement to G20 Leaders
Earlier this month, the No More Epidemics campaign released a statement urging G20 leaders to do more to address global health security through expanded health coverage and health system strengthening. The G20 agenda includes a focus on the connection between strong health systems and safeguarding against health crises and sustainable economic growth. No More Epidemics is a global campaign that brings together stakeholders from various sectors to work with governments and multilateral institutions to better prevent, prepare, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. The next G20 Summit will take place in Hamburg, Germany from July 7-8, 2017.
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WGH’s Survey on WHO Director General Election
Women in Global Health (WGH) invites you to participate in their survey on the upcoming WHO Election for the next Director General of the world’s leading health organization. This highly publicized election cycle has refueled the discussion on gender parity in global health leadership; only two of the six shortlisted candidates are female. Learn about all six candidates and their visions and priorities for international health in these recent interviews with The Lancet and Women Deliver. You can also share your insights on this election and cast your vote for who you would like to see take office on July 1, 2017.
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Gavi to Support Immunization of Children in Syria
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) has committed to helping partners purchase vaccines and cold chain equipment to facilitate the vaccination of children in war-torn Syria. In alignment with the Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), scaling up of vaccination programs will help protect millions of Syrian children from deadly infectious diseases. This announcement follows reports that vaccine coverage for the most basic vaccines has plummeted from 80% before the current conflict to 41% in 2015, putting many Syrian children at risk. “Syria now has the fourth lowest child vaccination rate in the world,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. View the press release for more details.
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