Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility
In May, the World Bank Group launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) which is designed to quickly provide the financing to respond to global health outbreaks before they escalate to crisis proportions. the PEF will specifically help countries eligible for financing from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries. The PEF is expected to be operational later this year. Watch World Bank President Jim Kim discuss the PEF.
Promoting Universal Health Coverage
On May 27, after months of advocacy and days of intense meetings, the G7 committed to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC), calling it a “comprehensive framework that underpins all of the targets” in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). G7 members also supported the establishment of a new UHC 2030 Alliance to drive momentum and ensure coordination as the world works toward UHC, and will consider coordinating with the UN Secretary-General to nominate a special envoy to help promote UHC. For more information, read this blog from Save the Children UK.
Report on Safety of Health Workers and Communities
A new report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, a coalition of more than 30 nongovernmental organizations, found that during 2015 and the first three months of 2016, deliberate or indiscriminate strikes on health care have killed medical workers and patients, decimated medical infrastructure, and robbed countless civilians of vital medical care in 19 countries around the world. Among its recommendations, the Coalition’s report calls on the UN Secretary-General and WHO to carefully document and report attacks on health care workers and facilities. Read the full report.
CSIS’ New Website
The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) just launched its new website, making it easier for individuals to register for events, watch events live or on demand, and access their latest analysis. Highlights of the revamped website include a refined search and interactive multimedia. You can also access the website via your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop. Explore the website.