GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 9/23/16

Donors Pledge Full Support to the Global Fund
Last week, the  Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria partners and donors convened in Montreal, Canada for the 5th Replenishment Conference hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The event drew an extraordinary demonstration of commitment with many new partners pledging for the first time, and private sector donors more than doubling their previous contributions.A total of $12.9 billion USD has now been pledged for the three-year period 2017-2019. The amount raised will save 8 million lives, avert 300 million infections, and help build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The conference is only the beginning of a three-year replenishment period, and the Global Fund will actively work to gain further contributions in the coming months and years, with strong advocacy by civil society and partners worldwide.


AMR Takes Center Stage at UNGA
The eminent danger of antimicrobial resistance was a priority on this week’s agenda at UNGA. On September 21, heads of state and leaders of delegations met to discuss an approach to scale back on unnecessary antibiotic use and, together, signed a UN declaration pledging to address “the biggest threat to modern medicine.” Signatories to the UN declaration committed to encouraging innovation in antibiotic development, increasing public awareness of the threat and developing surveillance and regulatory systems on the use and sales of antimicrobial medicine for humans and animals. An estimated 700,000 people die each year as a result of drug-resistant infections. This is only the fourth time in the history of the UN, that a General Assembly has focused a high level meeting on a health issue, having previously tackled HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, and Ebola.


Coursera Offers Global Health Diplomacy Course
The education platform Coursera is launching a free online course on Global Health Diplomacy on September 26. The seven-week course is intended to provide insights into the mechanics of how global health issues are handled. This program, which will be taught by Founder and CEO of GPS Strategy Gabrielle Fitzgerald, should be of great use to anyone interested in global responses to health care needs. Register for the class today.


Next Steps for the Cancer Moonshot Initiative
On Monday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced 10 new commitments with nine nations to better support international cancer research and care. Speaking at the Social Good Summit, the vice president unveiled plans by the Cancer Moonshot Initiative to work with institutions in Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea in the field of proteogenomics, and with Serbia, Sweden, and Japan to open a discussion about better prevention, screenings, treatment, and research collaborations. Vice President Biden also spoke about the creation of regional hubs – collaborative centers that can help decrease disparities in cancer research in low- and middle-income countries. Read more about the initiative.


MSH Celebrates Health Systems Heroes
GHC member Management Sciences for Health (MSH) held a reception during a UNGA side-event to acknowledge health workers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to strengthening health systems in the areas they work. At a “Toast to Health Systems Heroes” the honorees, who were recognized for their extraordinary leadership in their home countries, included Dr. Bernice Dahn, Minister of Health for Liberia, and Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health for Japan. The colorful event was emceed by renowned journalist Femi Oke.