GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 9/9/16

U.S. Government Announces Global Fund Pledge

Last week, the U.S. government pledged up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In  a statement  made by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, the government pledged to match $1 for every $2 made by other donors, and called upon all partners to contribute generously in order to reach the replenishment goal of $13 billion for the three year period from 2017 to 2019. Globally, 17 million people are receiving lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment through the Global Fund, and an estimated 6 million lives have been saved from malaria, and 43 million lives saved from tuberculosis since 2000. The Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference is September 16 in Montréal, Québec.

WHO Certifies Sri Lanka Malaria-Free

In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was certified by the WHO on having eliminated malaria on September 5. The southeast Asian nation, which was among the most malaria-affected countries during the mid-20th century, reached this milestone through longstanding efforts with several local and international partners. These efforts include implementing flexible strategies such as mobile malaria clinics, which prompted a steady reduction in the parasite reservoir and rates of transmission in highly affected areas. By 2006, Sri Lanka recorded less than 1,000 cases of malaria per year, and for the past three-and-a-half years, no locally transmitted cases have been reported. Sri Lanka is the second country in the WHO southeast Asia region to eliminate malaria after Maldives. 

Save the Children Wins USAID Nutrition Award 

Save the Children was awarded a five-year $72.9 million award from USAID/Ethiopia to provide ongoing assistance to the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and its international and local partners, to strengthen the institutional and policy environment; develop its human resources for nutrition; and implement strategies that address poverty and food security and social and behavioral barriers to optimal nutrition. In a renewed commitment to improving nutrition, the GOE declared its goal to end child undernutrition by 2030. This pledge, made in the Seqota Declaration 2015, recognizes that malnourished children have reduced cognitive, schooling, and employment outcomes. The GOE also finalized the next five year (2016-2020) Nutrition Plan of Action. 

World Water Week in Stockholm

Water for sustainable growth was at the top of the agenda as world leaders, development professionals, and water experts gathered in Stockholm last week for the world’s leading annual event on water and development: World Water Week. The six-day program featured over 140 events and covered a range of topics related to water for sustainable growth, including: gender equality; financing; conflict resolution; and climate change, among others. The event was held and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute in Sweden. Read more  about the different sessions that occurred and perspectives shared at this pivotal event about world water issues.