GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 4/29/16

Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes
USAID’s
 Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently introduced their new evidence brief, WHO Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes. The brief is intended for policymakers, program managers, educators, and healthcare providers and summarizes the recommended practices to improve the quality of care related to preterm birth and the outcomes for preterm infants.

Measure What Matters
The UHC Coalition released an update following its request in February to the UN Statistical Commission to endorse two Universal Health Coverage (UHC) indicators to measure: coverage of essential health services and financial protection. Later, the financial protection indicator was replaced by “number of people covered by health insurance or a public health system.” Unfortunately, this new indicator is not a measure or guarantee of financial protection, not universally agreed-upon, and not policy-neutral. Check out the fact sheet and Devex article, and join the debate with hundreds of UHC advocates worldwide to Measure What Matters.

2016 Pioneers of Global Health Awards
Do you know someone who works hard in the global health community? Nominate that individual for 2016 Pioneers of Global Health Awards. Global health work often demands creativity, humility and, above all, persistence. The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) is proud to use these Awards to support and recognize the tireless efforts of those individuals in the community who contribute to better health around the world.

Every Last Child
GHC member, Save the Children, recently launched a new global campaign Every Last Child in conjunction with its new report Every Last Child: The children the world chooses to forget. Save the Children has committed the next three years to tackling the barrier that are excluding million of children from reaching the 2030 breakthrough so that no child under five dies from preventable causes.