GHC NEWS FLASH: Global Health Roundup 4/3/2017

GHC and the Global Health Community Huddle to Prepare for the World Health Assembly
The upcoming Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70) (May 22-31) in Geneva, Switzerland will convene WHO member states in order to set global health priorities for the coming year. Notable topics on the agenda include the election of a new WHO Director-General; emergencies and preparedness; noncommunicable diseases; research and development; and global strategy plans (e.g., Global Vaccine Plan). Civil society actors, such as GHC, will also attend and co-host sessions within and outside the Palais des Nations. If you are interested in discussing these critical agenda topics in more depth and hearing more about GHC and our members’ WHA preparations, please register for the first WHA Policy Scrum on April 5.

Global Financing Facility (GFF) Spring Series Continues
On April 21, GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health will co-host a GFF session prior to the GFF Investors Group (IG) meeting. During the briefing, civil society (CS) representatives will: discuss feedback on what was heard in the GFF learning meeting, the World Bank Spring meetings, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) forum, and CS forum; provide an overview of how comments were integrated into the CS engagement strategy; and get feedback from partners on various GFF IG papers. You can either register in-person (by April 17) or via webinar.

WaterAid Goes #GirlStrong for World Water Day
For World Water Day 2017, GHC member WaterAid released its annual “State of the World’s Toilets” report, Wild Water, featuring women and girls whose lives have been dramatically affected by climate change. For example, Srey worries so much about her children getting sick from walking through deep flood waters in rural Cambodia that she has a neighbor watch them while she completes the 30-minute trek to get water from one of only two wells in her community, a trek she takes up to six times a day. The persistent drought in Julietta’s community in Mozambique means it is nearly impossible to farm crops and make a living to feed her four children. Read the full report and find out how you can be #GirlStrong too, and support the girls and women around the world who spend 40 billion hours collecting water every single year.

Marketers, Academics, and Scientists Unite for Social Good
The 2017 World Social Marketing Conference (WSMC) will bring together hundreds of international marketers, academics, researchers, scientists, and practitioners who are working to solve the world’s most pressing issues of disease, hunger and poverty, environmental degradation, and species loss, and are using human-centered techniques of marketing, outreach, and behavior change communications. The two-day event will take place in Washington, DC from May 16 – 17. The conference will serve as a vehicle to capture, spread, and develop best practices for the conference’s theme of “influencing behavior for social good.” Program activities include: keynote presentations by representatives from organizations such as MIT, USAID, and UNICEF; 15-minute speed presentations; panel discussions; workshops; and poster displays. View event details.

WHO and UN Employ Coordinated Efforts to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) are taking critical steps to stimulate global efforts against antimicrobial resistance. Earlier this year, WHO released a priority list of drug-resistant bacteria, calling on intensified research and development for new and effective antibiotics against severe and potentially deadly infections. The tool has been welcomed by the global health community as an important resource that will yield commitment and target efforts towards the most threatening pathogens. On March 17, the UN announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group (ICG) on AMR. The group aims to provide practical guidance on the ways to combat AMR and to recommend how global efforts could and should be better coordinated. The ICG will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.  Read more.

New Brookings Institution Report: Enhancing Private Sector Investment in Global Health
Locally-led health research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is critical for overcoming global health challenges. However, despite continued efforts to stimulate health innovation, health research capacity in the developing world remains insufficient. A new research report from the Brookings Institution examines the impact of health governance on research and development (R&D) in LMICs. The report highlights policy, regulatory, and legal factors that hamper opportunities to boost financing from the private sector in 18 developing countries. The authors of this report suggest that LMICs can attract greater private investment in health R&D by increasing government transparency and stability, lowering tariffs on medical products, expediting the regulatory process for new drugs, investing in health infrastructure, and increasing government spending on health care in an efficient and targeted manner. Read full report.