GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 1/23/2017

New Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness Innovations
The celebrated news of an effective Ebola vaccine came a little too late for the 11,000 people who succumbed to the Ebola virus between 2014 to 2016. The epidemic that overwhelmed local and international capacity to contain it, has helped fuel an important debate on global health security and has sparked a number of proposed actions to help curb the inefficiencies in dealing with emerging disease threats at both national and global levels. The latest in efforts to amp up future preparedness against potential outbreaks is the launch of the Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness Innovations. The initiative, which aims to pre-emptively develop and stock-pile vaccines against the deadliest disease threats, was launched last week at the World Economic Forum. The coalition is being backed by investments from the Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of Norway, Germany, and Japan. Read more.

Five Years of Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases
In 2012, world leaders signed a commitment known as the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that spurred unprecedented action towards reducing the burden of poverty-related NTDs. Through drug donations from pharmaceutical companies, increased funding of programs, and a greater commitment to developing new tools and treatments, the global community has seen a lot of recent progress in defeating NTDs. To mark the five-year anniversary of the London Declaration, NTDs partners worldwide will run a five-day social media campaign, beginning January 30, to highlight some of the major successes that have been achieved. NTDs affect over one billion people around the world, and disproportionately impacting those in some of the world’s poorest countries. Get involved in the upcoming campaign.

New Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data
Last week, the inaugural United Nation’s Data Forum took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The event saw the launch of a new global plan for better data to improve people’s lives as set out in the targets of the 2030 Agenda. The plan calls for a commitment by governments, policy leaders, and the international community to undertake key actions in six strategic areas, including: innovation and modernization of national statistical systems; dissemination of data on sustainable development; building partnerships; and mobilizing resources. Read the press release and view highlights from the event.

Stand with APHA Against Climate Change
GHC Member the American Public Health Association (APHA) is taking a critical step in creating the healthiest nation by declaring 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. Throughout 2017, APHA will engage in a series of activities to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on health and build a sense of urgency for action. This will include hosting monthly events and themes; circulating surveys and fact sheets; conducting new research and public outreach; and offering advocacy opportunities. Visit the APHA website to get involved and access resources.

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