Global Health Roundup~10/10/2018

Lookout for GHC members at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR 2018)! 

Between October 8 and 12, several GHC members, including Frontline Health Workers CoalitionManagement Sciences for HealthIntraHealth InternationalIMA World HealthMedtronic Foundation, and John Snow Inc., will host booths and side events at the largest research conference in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Our members are getting ready to discuss health systems in fragile settings, strengthening the capacity of community health systems, engaging health workers, peer-to-peer learning to achieve UHC, and expanding access into the hardest-to-reach communities. This year, the HSR 2018 Conference is centered around innovative ways of financing health, delivering services, and engaging the health workforce. For more information about the Symposium and related side events, visit our events calendar.

Innovations for Global Health Impact: The 2018 Triangle Global Health Consortium Conference 
On September 27, GHC joined other actors from nonprofit, academia, and the private sector for the annual Triangle Global Health Consortium Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year’s theme – Innovations for Global Health Impact – covered a wide range of topics including digital health, epidemic preparedness, and transition of developing countries from donor health assistance. The event attracted 300 professionals and students who participated in panel discussions, poster presentations and an exhibition by event sponsors. Read more and view highlights from the event gallery.

WHO’s First Investment Case can Save up to 30 Million Lives
On September 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) laid out the potentially broad impact of global health and development through their first investment case. According to WHO, if an investment of $14.1 billion from 2019 to 2023 is made, up to 30 million lives could be saved. This could add up to 100 million years of healthy living to the world’s population and add up to 4 percent of economic growth in low and middle-income countries by 2023. Such an investment would also help achieve the “triple billion” targets of WHO’s General Programme of Work: 1 billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and wellbeing. View more details.

NEWS BITES:

1.) August 14Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, a new book authored by Thomas J. Bollyky, Director of the Global Health Program and Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the intersection between epidemics and human development and the possible unintended consequences of a rising new trend..
2.) September 28: PATH and Johnson & Johnson announced their new joint partnership to strengthen pediatric TB response strategies in Vietnam. The Breathe for Life project has greatly expanded the number of young kids diagnosed with TB and aims to train public and private health care workers to better diagnose, treat, care, and prevent TB in children younger than five.
3.) September 28: WHO stepped up its goals to end childhood cancer by kicking off a global initiative during UNGA week, which will help raise awareness at national and global levels as well as increase capacity to deliver high-quality care for pediatric cancer patients.
4.) October 2: PathFinder International released a new campaign,#ByHerSide, which will ensure universal sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is part of the renewed commitment to primary health care and the movement towards health for all leading up to the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in 2019. Read the Devex op-ed from PathFinder’s President and CEO Lois Quam.
5.) October 5: Ebola Update: WHO enhanced the risk of the Ebola virus transmission in national and regional areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo to “very high” but reaffirmed that the chances of the disease spreading globally remain low. View the latest update.