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GHC Presents Statement to WHA on Agenda Item 13.2: Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

GHC Individual Member Indira Paharia presented the below statement on behalf of Eric Friedman from the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health to the Sixty-Ninth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on May 24, 2016. Thank you Mr. Chair, honorable ministers, and delegates, Achieving the health goals in the Sustainable Development Agenda requires...Read More »

A celebration for handwashing makes smiles in Haiti

This guest blog was provided by GHC member, IMA World Health, and written by Kara Eberle Mackensia Joseph knows she needs to wash her hands after she uses the latrine at home and at school. The 11-year-old girl understands that she could catch a disease, such as cholera, if she doesn’t. It’s a...Read More »

20 Years of Evolution in Human Resources for Health

This guest blog was cross-posted from Chemonics, and written by Marc Luoma From the 69th World Health Assembly, Marc Luoma describes how human resources for health transformed from a rudimentary idea to a robust field of practice. The 2016 World Health Assembly (WHA) presents a significant milestone for those of us...Read More »

Funding by crisis is no cure for global health threats

This blog was cross-posted from Global Health Technologies Coalition, and written by Stephen Higgs, American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Erin Will Morton, GHTC.  Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which carry Zika. Photo: Dean Calma/IAEA April showers bring standing pools of water, the onset of mosquito season, and a new wariness of getting bitten. In 1999,...Read More »

Investing in Nutrition: The Foundation for Development

The world is currently not on track to achieve any of the six global nutrition targets that were agreed to by WHO in 2012. The World Bank, Results for Development, and 1,000 Days, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, did an...Read More »

Member Spotlight: AIHM

This post was provided by GHC Member, AIHM  AIHM is a membership-based organization and the leading provider of inter-professional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine. As an organization, AIHM leaders believe that global health professionals must consider the social conditions that perpetuate disease, the undeniable connection that exists between...Read More »

Inspiring Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development – 2016 Edition

This guest blog was provided by GHC partner, Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) Humanitarian stakeholders face a number of interconnected current or emerging challenges, including climate change, ever-growing refugee crisis, as well as water scarcity and food insecurity. Science and technological innovations play a critical role in contributing to effective aid...Read More »

Feedback from the Civil Society Hearing in support of the preparatory process towards the High Level meeting on HIV/AIDS

This blog was written by Marielle Hart, and provided by GHC Member, International HIV/AIDS Alliance From June 8-10, 2016,  a High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS which take place in New York, in which UN Member States will review the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration on Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations...Read More »

Zika Emergency Funding

Last week, the White House requested that unobligated Ebola funding be reprogrammed to combat the Zika virus. The President had previously requested $1.9 billion emergency funding, but the request had stalled as Republican appropriators pushed for the use of unobligated funds. It is unclear which accounts the funding will come...Read More »

FY17 Appropriations Update

This week, the Senate released the spending allocations, known as 302(b), for the 12 appropriations bills. The State Foreign Operations appropriations bill (which funds the majority of the International Affairs budget) received $52.1 billion for FY17, down about 1% ($600 million) from the current levels. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill received...Read More »

The Unforeseen Consequences of Pandemics on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)

By Dr. Christine Sow, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council © 2000 Alex Zusman, Courtesy of Photoshare When HIV/AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, it was labeled as a “gay” disease, and thus immediately linked to one aspect of sexuality. As the world learned more about it, we learned...Read More »

2016 World Health Day: Beat Diabetes

This blog was written by Liz Sanders MPH, RD and cross-posted from GHC Member, International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.  Diabetes is one of the “big four” non-communicable diseases, along with cancers, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory diseases.  In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide nearly one in 10 adults live with diabetes. The WHO...Read More »

TFGH16 Photo Contest - Win Free Airline Tickets!

Enter the Photo Contest & Win Airline Tickets! Participate in TFGH16 photo contest hosted by the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II! Share your favorite photos from TFGH16 for a chance at winning TWO FREE airline tickets anywhere in the Continental US on Delta Airlines. How to enter: • Photos must be taken during the event...Read More »

Increasing Competition in Pharmaceuticals Act

In early March, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the “Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act” (S.2152). The bill has now been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During the hearing Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) spoke about her...Read More »

WaSH Policy Research Digest

This WaSH Policy Research Digest, published by The Water Institute at UNC, provides a review of a 2015 WHO and UNICEF report on the status of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities in low and middle income countries. In addition, The Water Institute co-authored with WHO and...Read More »

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