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The power and promise of digital health for Africa

This guest post was written by Lesley-Anne Long, the director of the new digital health initiative at PATH. PATH is a GHC member and was part of our WHA70 delegation. . African leaders commit to national digital health plans at World Health Assembly, could save billions of health care dollars by 2030. Paper records...Read More »

Chronic Childhood Disease:  A Personal, Local, and Global Struggle

This guest post was written by Elizabeth Montgomery Collins, Individual GHC Member and WHA70 Delegate. Imagine a job that makes demands on you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, without holidays or compensation—one, in fact, that requires you to pay—and one you can never quit.  Suffering from chronic disease...Read More »

Health in All Policies

This blog post was written by Terry L Schmidt DrHA MBA (MPH), Individual GHC member and WHA70 Delegate. The Geneva Institute’s Global Health Center, during the WHO World Health Assembly 70, was the opening venue for the launch of Global Network for Health in All Policies on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. ...Read More »

Why Investments in Frontline Health Workers Matter: Preventing needless deaths through trusted healthcare relationships

 This guest post has been co-authored by Samalie Kitooleko, Nurse In-Charge of Uganda Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry & and Belinda Ngongo, Global Health Leaders Fellow, Public Health Institute. Samalie is a recipient of the Heroines of Health Award 2017, and Belinda is a part of GHC’s delegation to the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA70) Samalie...Read More »

Gutting Global Health Programs Serves No One

Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) — Today the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that contains a 26 percent decrease in global health funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State, as well as the elimination of development assistance. In addition, cuts were recommended...Read More »

WHA Side-Event: Enabling Global Health Security Through Health Systems Strengthening: Perspectives from Women Leaders

This blog post was written by WHA Delegate Anne Bell, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. As Tina Flores of Rabin Martin opened the panel on Enabling Global Health Security Through Health Systems Strengthening: Perspectives from Women Leaders, it was heartening to hear her tell the back story of how the panel came to...Read More »

WHA Side-Event: Attacks on healthcare. Where do we stand one year after the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 2286?

This post was written by GHC Board Member and WHA Delegate Len Rubenstein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Chair, Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. Assaults on health workers and facilities in conflict has reached such crisis proportions that just before she was to give her opening address to the...Read More »

Trump Administration Releases FY18 Budget

On May 23, the Trump administration released its recommended budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. “A New Foundation for American Greatness” includes sharp increases for defense and border security, while drastically cutting nondefense discretionary spending. Overall Foreign Assistance was cut approximately 32 percent, with a cut of 26 percent to global...Read More »

Global Health Security: Why Women Matter

Maternal child health This guest post was written by Katherine C. Bond, Vice President International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP is a member of...Read More »

World Health Assembly (#WHA70) Social Media Alerts

Day 1: Monday, May 22, 2017 Highlights from Yesterday Check out the best of our social media coverage from our Welcome Reception and Women in Global Health’s Heroines of Health Dinner. Please share as much as you can. {RETWEET} @globalgamechngr: Great kickoff to #WHA70, starting with @GlobalHealthOrg delegate mixer & capped off by...Read More »

Summary of 'Introduction to the World Health Assembly: A Briefing for Delegates'

This post was written by Individual GHC Member and WHA Delegate Joseph Harris. Photo credit: Joseph Harris On Sunday, May 21, the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute and United Nations Foundation co-hosted their annual briefing for World Health Assembly (WHA) delegates. Ilona Kickbusch, the Director of the Global Health Centre at...Read More »


Global Health and the Future Role of the United States Report Released The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics is releasing a report today on Global Health and the Future Role of the United States. In the report, the project committee makes the case for global health in light of...Read More »

A Silent Majority: Civil Society & the Election of a New World Health Organization Director-General

This post was written by Loyce Pace, MPH, President and Executive Director of Global Health Council. Final three candidates for WHO Director-General. Photos from WHO: Next week, Global Health Council (GHC) is bringing a delegation of nearly 70 of its members to attend the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva,...Read More »

Vaccines Work: Leaving No Child Behind – How Pediatricians Can Contribute to Global Vaccine Coverage

Louis Z Cooper This guest post was written by Louis Z. Cooper, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics. It originally appeared on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blog. Today, more children are saved by vaccines than ever before, but over 19 million children are still missing out on these critical life-saving vaccines each year...Read More »

Final WHA Policy Scrum and New Delegates Webinar

Global Health Council (GHC) hosted its Final WHA Policy Scrum and New Delegates Webinar on May 9, 2017. The webinar provided an overview of GHC ‘s mission and main purpose of engagement at the Seventieth World Health Assembly, and offered a quick look at our dynamic delegation. This year, GHC...Read More »

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