Global Health Roundup ~ 05/29/2018

Medtronic Foundation Offers Grants To Improve the Efficiency of Healthcare Delivery

Medtronic Foundation invites organizations to submit project ideas that test or scale innovative solutions aimed at improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery. Example project proposals include: reducing barriers and addressing gaps in distance, time or workforce capacity; demonstrating health outcomes for underserved populations; and addressing non-communicable diseases. Successful applicants will receive a one-time, one-year grant for $50,000 – $100,000, and will participate in a global learning collaborative facilitated by the Medtronic Foundation. Up to 10 grants will be provided and two webinars will be held for those interested. Health and non-health organizations are encouraged to apply by June 14.

GHC Members and Partners Join Hands to Strengthen National Immunization Programs

On May 15, Yale Global Health Initiative, the University of Global Health Equity, PATH, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance launched a training program to strengthen the management of national immunization programs in Gambia, India, Liberia, Rwanda, and Zambia. The Expanded Program on Immunization Leadership and Management Program (EPI LAMP) is a training course designed to improve the managerial capacity of governments in order to support Gavi’s mission of ensuring that 300 million children worldwide are immunized between 2016 and 2020. The program will address planning, implementation, and monitoring gaps in national immunization programs, especially in countries with inadequate training resources.

Atlanta Enhances its Global Health Impact With a New Health Innovation Hub

On May 9, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, along with the Georgia Global Health Alliance and Deloitte, launched Global Health ATL in the background of Atlanta’s 2018 Bill Foege Global Health Awards. Global Health ATL is an initiative designed to grow the current global health talent pool in the Atlanta metro region, foster health innovation, increase funding for global health programs, and drive impact in disease eradication. The Georgia Global Health Alliance will lead the long-term relationships and collaborations that result from the Global Health ATL initiative. Atlanta is also home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and GHC members such as the American Cancer Society, thus making it an ideal city to initiate the next innovation hub. Read the press release.

NEWS BLURBS

1) May 1: Unitaid launched a call for proposals to fund projects to fight tuberculosis and its drug-resistant strains, with a special focus on targeted gene sequencing, a technique that finds genetic mutations in TB bacteria associated with drug resistance. Deadline for submission is June 29, 12 Noon CET.
2) May 8: A new report from WaterAid and PATH’s Defeat Diarrheal Disease (Defeat DD) Initiative showed major gains can be obtained when and if decision-makers act to coordinate, integrate, and invest in child health and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) interventions.
3) May 14: The Triangle Global Health Consortium announced that abstract submissions are now open for the 2018 Triangle Global Health Annual Conference. Submissions for panel discussions, workshops, and story-telling are due by July 11, 5 PM ET.
4) May 16: Management Sciences for Health announced a microlearning seminar (June 4-8) to highlight practical solutions for using evidence to inform decision making in global public health.