GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 8/26/16

Massive Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Democratic Republic of the Congo
The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa occurred in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo last week. The campaign follows an ongoing yellow fever outbreak that has resulted in 952  confirmed cases and 119 deaths from confirmed cases since December 2015. Due to limited vaccine availability in this densely populated city, WHO has implemented the fractional dose strategy, which is administered at one-fifth of the standard vaccine dose, in an effort to extend supply during this emergency situation. Read more about this campaign.

Call for Applications: GFF Civil Society Investors Group Representatives
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) is facilitating the selection process for civil society representatives to serve on the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Investors Group. The GFF Investors Groupbrings together partners and stakeholders to mobilize the resources and institutional commitment of key investors in Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) required at the global and regional level to optimally support efficient collective action at the country level. Interested candidates should submit their applications by September 30. Final candidates will be announced in October.

PRB Launches 2016 World Population Data Sheet
Yesterday, GHC member Population Reference Bureau (PRB) released its 2016 World Population Data Sheet. PRB estimates current world population at 7.4 billion, and projects it at 9.9 billion by 2050. The Data Sheet, searchable on an interactive map and data tool, provides country-by-country data on 25 indicators of population, health, and the environment. This year’s special theme, “Human Needs and Sustainable Resources,” is explored in an  interactive feature. View theData Sheet news release and download a PDF format of the print version.

WHO GCM/NCD Working Groups Seek Public Consultation on Draft Interim Reports
The draft Interim reports from the initial meetings of the ongoingWHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Prevention and Control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) Working Groups on the inclusion of NCDs in other programmatic areas and the alignment of international cooperation with national plans on NCDs are available for a public consultation. The consultation is open to WHO Member States, United Nations organizations, intergovernmental organizations and non-State actors, philanthropic foundations, business associations, academic institutions and other relevant networks. The deadline for submission of feedback is September 16.