GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 03/26/2018

New Reports and Factsheets on World Water Day and World Tuberculosis (TB) Day Highlight Challenges and Opportunities That Lie Ahead
Last week, the world recognized World Water Day on March 22 and World TB Day on March 24. WaterAid’s Water Gap: The State of the World’s Water 2018 Report highlighted an alarming rise in the number of people struggling to access clean water. Evidence from the report shows 844 million people around the world, 200 million more than previously counted, currently face difficulties accessing this basic amenity. Recognizing World TB Day, CDC released a TB fact sheet showcasing recent progress made and the challenges that remain in preventing, detecting, and responding to the disease. Also, a new article authored by David Bryden, TB Advocacy Officer at GHC member RESULTS, urged strong action to stem the transmission of TB in low-resource school settings.

 Women in Global Health (WGH) Launches Washington, DC Chapter

On March 22, Women in Global Health embarked on a new chapter in their story by initiating the WGH Washington, DC Chapter. The launch event included a panel discussion, “Walk the Talk on Gender Equality,” where distinguished speakers stressed the need for attribution, influencing the youth, and ensuring that global health policies that affect women are made with women at the table. The evening culminated with GHC Board member Paurvi Bhatt, Managing Director of Global Health and Community Well-being at Medtronic Foundation, making a call for commitments from event attendees to advance women in global health leadership as well gender equality at all levels. Share your commitment through social media using the hashtags #womeningh and #WGHinDC.

Population Reference Bureau’s New Website Features Exciting Interactive Content
On March 25, GHC member PRB launched its new website, which contains more than 2,000 pages of informative content and interactive digital features. New elements include: Focus Areas, where PRB content is organized by aging, gender, youth and other areas so you can find topic-relevant items in one click; Data Center, which lets you view a range of population and health indicators for the United States and for countries of the world, and download data and images; and Resources, where you are directed to some of PRB’s most popular products such as PRB Data Sheets, the Population Handbook, PRB Population Bulletins, and Visual Products. Visit the PRB website and learn more about PRB’s latest edition of How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth.

 News Bites:

1) March 12
: The Triangle Global Health Consortium is seeking final votes for the 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award, which honors promising global health leaders in North Carolina. Deadline for voting is April 9, 5:00 PM EDT.
2) March 21: South Sudan’s Minister of Health announced the nation’s successful interruption of the transmission of the Guinea worm disease for 15 consecutive months.
3) March 21: A new article from Management Sciences for Health emphasized the need to continue CDC’s epidemic preparedness work in U.S. partner countries and strengthened the global health community’s call for sustained funding for the agency.
4) March 22: The Kaiser Family Foundation released a budget summary analyzing global health-related funding mentioned in the FY18 Omnibus Bill and comparing U.S. global health funding in the FY18 omnibus to the FY17 omnibus and FY18 request.