Global Health Roundup ~ 06/25/2018

Slow and Steady: Report Shows Countries are Catching up on Malaria Elimination
recent update on the E-2020 Initiative of 21 Malaria-Eliminating Countries shows steady progress is being made to eliminate one of the biggest public health threats of all time – malaria. In 2017, the world snapped into attention when WHO reported that malaria progress had stalled despite it being a treatable disease. Since then, the E-2020 initiative, which aims to make 21 carefully-selected countries malaria-free by 2020, has come into sharper focus. Last week, the initiative celebrated when Paraguay became the first country in the Americas to be granted “malaria-free” status in 45 years. The update highlights other countries, such as China and El Salvador, who are also making leaps in the elimination agenda. However, PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative recently released a new report that points to a shortage of $100 million in annual investments in malaria research and development, which could delay the supply of life-saving products to communities in need.

New Survey Collection Guidance Released to Understand What Women Want
The recent 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) proved to be an effective platform to elevate White Ribbon Alliance’s “What Women Want” campaign, which aims to hear directly from at least 1 million women and girls worldwide about how they define quality maternal and reproductive healthcare. The campaign, which has the support of global champions such as Dr. Michelle Bachelet, Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) Board, acknowledges that better healthcare responds to the expressed needs of women and girls. In order to reach a larger audience and to streamline responses, the Alliance recently simplified their survey collection guidance, adding a new social media/photo option to make it easier for respondents to write their one “ask” (request or demand) when it comes to receiving quality reproductive and maternal health services. Access the full instructions and materials. In addition, White Ribbon Alliance is looking to identify key social media influencers at the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. To share your nomination, please feel free to email the What Women Want team.

Join the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism (GCM) on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
NCDs cause 70 percent of all deaths globally—three-quarters of them in low- and middle-income countries—and are among the leading causes of preventable illness and disability. The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (GCM/NCDs) is a body of WHO Member States, United Nations organizations, and non-state actors including non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions committed to supporting countries to reduce premature mortality and unnecessary suffering from NCDs. The Mechanism aims to enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement, and action across sectors in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020. On June 21, pre-registration for organizational participation in the GCM/NCD opened and will remain open for a month.

NEWS BITES:

1) June 11: The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) announced a call for submissions for abstracts and symposium tracks for the CUGH 2019 conference. Submission deadline is August 25, 2018.

2) June 18: WHO released the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), a product that shapes health statistics by using unique codes for diseases. This new electronic and user-friendly version was improved based on critical feedback from frontline health workers.

3) June 20: The Center for Strategic and International Studies announced that WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will deliver a video message at their upcoming July 10 event in Washington, DC, which highlights the U.S. role in global polio eradication. Register to join the event.

4) June 20: As of last week, further spread of the Ebola virus disease seems to be under control in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; however, the Ministry of Health and WHO continue to monitor the outbreak under high alert conditions. View recent updates and a new report from scientific experts on investigational therapeutics used in the outbreak.