GUTTING GLOBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS SERVES NO ONE

On May 23 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 for programs at the Department of Health and Human Services that support global health, global health research and development, and global health security. These cuts will have a significant impact on current global health programs, and will have a devastating effect on the world’s poor as well as ripple effects for Americans. Read the full statement.

GHC IN 2017: OUR FIRST 100 DAYS

In global health, we know benchmarks matter. They’re the difference between whether a child reaches his or her 5th birthday or dies of a vaccine-preventable illness. They signal how a health system would respond to the next pandemic or humanitarian crisis. What gets measured gets done, and saves lives. That’s why Global Health Council has been paying attention these first 100 days of 2017. We looked at what we’ve done to serve our members, and opportunities to make the greatest impact. Here’s where things stand: Read more.

GHC at the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA)

GHC and many of its members and partners will attend the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70) in Geneva, Switzerland at the end of May. GHC will again send a delegation of its members to WHA, provide hotel room blocks, host a special events calendar online, and organize side events throughout the week. View the GHC WHA70 web page for more details regarding GHC at WHA, and how to get involved. You can access GHC’s Special Events calendar to view WHA side-events. Please note that GHC’s delegation is now closed. 

View GHC’s daily social media alerts from WHA.

 

GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP

GHC Participates in Delegation to CDC
Last week, Global Health Council (GHC) co-led a small delegation of 15 members and partners to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Johnson & Johnson Launches New Social Venture Competition
On June 19, at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Congress in Toronto, Canada, Johnson and Johnson will officially open the GenH Challenge, a global social venture competition designed to seek out and incentivize novel, breakthrough solutions to persistent health challenges. 

Stakeholders Renew Commitments to Eradicate Polio
Since 1985, global incidence of polio has plummeted from 350,000 cases annually to just 37 new infections reported in 2016. As of June 2017, transmission of the highly contagious virus has been eliminated in all but four countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Inequality of Blood Supplies
On June 14,World Blood Donor Day, The Economist published a new chart which brings to light the staggeringly low rates of blood donation in low- and middle-income countries, compared to wealthier nations.

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