GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 8/7/2017

PRB Builds Capacity for Youth Family Planning Advocates
Youth are a priority in efforts to expand access to and use of family planning (FP) in developing countries. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) recently launched Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA), a three-year project in partnership with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning to assess the implementation of youth-friendly FP services in six countries and develop advocacy communications materials that increase the use of evidence by family planning decision makers. The project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will build youth FP advocates’ capacity to hold decision makers accountable for policy implementation. EEDA also follows the release of PRB’s Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard that assesses youth FP policies in 16 countries. A second component of the EEDA project, the Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub, will develop tailored, evidence-based communications materials for FP advocates. EEDA launches at an opportune moment for FP advocacy, as country governments increasingly formalize young people’s rights to sexual and reproductive health services, including at the recent Family Planning Summit. EEDA will offer young people the opportunity to lead substantive policy research and drive accountability for commitments that affect youth themselves.


Know the Facts. Share Your Story. Change the NCD Narrative
Stories are powerful. For instance, they can demonstrate the power of united voices representing individuals living with or working towards combatting Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). These stories can further inspire leaders to do more to achieve the nine voluntary global NCD targets by 2025 as part of realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With the combined support of leaders and advocates, these targets can be met. As part of the Global Communications Campaign on NCDs, WHO has launched NCDs&Me, an online platform that enables health workers, people living with NCDs, advocates, and others to share their stories.


World Breastfeeding Week marks the launch of the Global Breastfeeding Collective
Last week was World Breastfeeding Week and the start of National Breastfeeding Month. This is a great opportunity to highlight the need to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding to ensure children everywhere get a healthy start to life. 1,000 Days is joining the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch the Global Breastfeeding Collective – a partnership of 20 prominent international agencies and non-governmental organizations committed to increasing investment in breastfeeding worldwide. Alongside of the launch of the Global Breastfeeding Collective, two reports have also been released: 1) A new scorecard that shows no country meets the recommended standards for breastfeeding, and 2) A new investment case that demonstrates  how investing in breastfeeding now will save lives and money and lead to health and economic well-being worldwide for generations to come.


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1. ) A new Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) report quantifies impact of U.S. global health R&D funding on the American economy and breakthrough technologies being developed.

2.) The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) released a new report, “America’s Global Economic Leadership: A Strategic Return on U.S. Investments”, which presents the case that America’s international affairs programs are critical to our nation’s economic prosperity and competitiveness.

3.) On 18 July, 2017, Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) launched their 2017 Progress Report “Progress in Partnership” at the High-Level Political Forum in New York. 

4.) The Canada Gairdner Foundation announced the 2018 Call for Nominations for its Canada Gairdner Global Health Award.