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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 7/10/2017

Join GHC at the Global Health Security Roundtable and Faith and Global Health Caucus
GHC is relaunching its Global Health Security Roundtable, which will be meeting today, July 10, at 3 pm EDT in Washington, DC. Read more about the Roundtable and learn how to join the listserv.

A small group of members is relaunching the Faith and Global Health Caucus. Open to all faiths, the Caucus will meet quarterly to share best practices and provide a fellowship-centered space. The first meeting is onJuly 17 at 5 pm EDT in Washington, DC. Learn more and RSVP.


Powerful Discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals
On July 17, Global Compact Network USA will host an event on the role of the private sector in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017 Symposium will bring together companies, nonprofits, and United Nations entities to explore practical actions that we can all take to advance the SDGs. The event will take place at Pfizer Headquarters in New York City, on the heels of the High-Level Political Forum on SDGs (HLPF 2017). View registration details for this event and visit GHC’s special events calendar for more information on health-related side-events at HLPF 2017.


Reducing Global Inequities in Maternal and Child Health
A recent study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that the number of lives saved by investing in the most deprived populations is almost twice as high as the number saved by equivalent investment in less deprived groups. Study findings show that increased access to key interventions reduced under-five mortality in 51 countries that are collectively home to 400 million children under age five. The report analyzes six critical indicators: antenatal care visits, skilled birth attendants, early initiation of breastfeeding, malaria prevention, full immunization, and care-seeking for sick children. View the report and interactive data site.


Global Development Alliance Annual Program Statement Deadline Extended
The Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statement (APS) deadline has been extended until February 23, 2018. The GDA APS is USAID’s open invitation to the private sector to co-create and implement transformational partnerships to tackle both business and global development challenges that have a sustainable development impact. Through leveraging expertise, resources, and capabilities from various stakeholders, GDA APS addresses critical business and development challenges using market-based approaches. Learn more.

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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 6/19/2017

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(CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the course of two days, delegates met with CDC leadership, participated in discussions with division directors, and toured the laboratories to learn more about CDC’s global health work and priorities. Read more about CDC’s accomplishments over the last several decades as well as the agency’s current activities.


Johnson & Johnson Launches New Social Venture Competition
Today at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Congress in Toronto, Canada, Johnson & 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. The GenH Challenge builds on a legacy of innovating and developing solutions for people on the front lines of care. With 1 million USD in prizes, winning teams will receive not only financial resources, but technical assistance from Johnson & Johnson to ensure that they are able to turn ideas and vision into reality. Learn more.


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. Last week, at the Rotary International Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, global leaders and international foundations pledged 1.2 billion USD to wipe out polio. These contributions will go towards funding surveillance and immunizations in 70 at-risk countries, under the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Learn more.


The Global Inequality of Blood Supplies
On June 14World Blood Donor DayThe 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. The data analyzed reveals that nearly 30% of global blood donations occur in Europe, which contains about a tenth of the world’s population. Sub-Saharan Africa, home to nearly a billion people, accounts for less than 5% of global blood supplies. World Blood Donor Day, officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is commemorated each year to encourage and foster a global culture of voluntary blood donation. View the chart.

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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 3/20/2017

Global Financing Facility Webinar Series Starts March 21
GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) will host the first webinar in a three-part series on March 21 at 10:00 AM EDT to discuss feedback received on the draft Global Financing Facility (GFF) Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The strategy, developed by PMNCH in partnership with the GFF Secretariat, is intended to enhance civil society engagement in the GFF, a multi-stakeholder initiative that supports country-led efforts to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. The webinar will also provide an opportunity for partners to provide any additional feedback and recommendations. The draft is currently available in English and en Français. Learn more and register for the webinar series.


The Lucky Specials: A Movie Demystifying TB
The Lucky Specials, a film which seeks to educate viewers about the risk, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis (TB), commemorates World TB Day 2017 on March 24. The movie tells the story of an aspiring cover band from a small South African mining town. On the verge of a huge career break, the band’s hopes and futures are cast in doubt as its key members are infected by TB. The film’s plot expertly addresses several misconceptions, treatment barriers, and stigma related to the disease. The movie makers, Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA), intend to broadcast the film throughout sub-Saharan Africa over the next several months. In addition, DLA is partnering with governments, community health workers, NGOs, schools, and the private sector to reach target audiences. A free download of the movie will be made available to the public in mid-2017. View the movie trailer.


Health Care Crisis in Syria Continues as Conflict Enters Its 7th Year
Last week marked six years of war and turmoil in the Syrian Arab Republic. Since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, civil unrest and armed conflict in the country have resulted in a rapidly increasing number of people being displaced both within and outside of Syria. The situation has created serious public health concerns, including: widespread malnutrition, mental health challenges, and low vaccination rates in children under the age of 5. More than half of the country’s health care facilities have been destroyed or damaged during attacks, while two-thirds of its health workers have fled to other countries for safety. Invisible Wounds, a new global report by GHC member Save the Children, highlights the mental impacts and psychological scars the conflict has left on the children of Syria. Read the report and learn how you can get involved in the ongoing response to the crisis.


Workshop on Best Practices for Global Health Experiential Learning
NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard University,  GHC member Child Family Health International, and GlobalSL will host a workshop at the CUGH conference on competencies, assessments, and other pedagogies of global health fieldwork on April 6 in Washington, DC. The workshop aims to build skills and resources to improve risk-management, optimize cross-cultural learning, deliver effective reflection, and create structures for program management and administration. It will bring together leaders in international and global health education to explore best practices to optimize global health experiential learning. View event and registration details.


Emerging NCD Crisis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit examines the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries. The report highlights cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer as some of the leading contributors to the global NCD epidemic. It calls on donors to revise allocation priorities and for governments to address the various shortfalls and capacity constraints in their health systems, which limit a patient’s ability to access quality care and treatment. With a shortage of diagnostic tools and trained personnel across the developing world, the report emphasizes the need for innovative solutions such as mobile phone technology to improve the consistency and frequency of routine checks and management of chronic conditions. Read full report.

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GHC NEWS FLASH: GLOBAL HEALTH ROUNDUP 3/6/2017

TFGH17 Draws A Packed House
Last Wednesday, more than 400 global health professionals came together at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC, for an evening abound with excitement, informative exchanges, new connections, and a rich profusion of thought-provoking discussions. Co-hosted by GHC and Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II), the fourth annual The Future of Global Health (TFGH17) unconference attracted an unprecedented number of participants, ranging from early-level to seasoned professionals, with diverse backgrounds and experience across several major global health themes. Key conversations included: leadership, technology, gender equality, and research and development. “The general idea of an unconference and the opportunities it presents for networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing is what attracted me to this event. I’ve had a phenomenal time,” said one participant. View highlights from the event.


Attend the CUGH-GHC 2017 Global Health Career Fair
Join GHC and CUGH for a Global Health Career Fair on April 6 in Washington, DC. Attendance for participants is free, but please register in advance. The Career Fair will showcase information about academic programs, courses, and employment opportunities from employers and others working in the global health/development space! Meet prospective employers, university representatives, and faculty from a wide range of organizations. The following day the 8th Annual CUGH Conference, which attracts nearly 2,000 global health leaders, faculty, students and implementers, will begin.


GHC at the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA)
GHC and many of its members and partners will attend the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA) 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 calendar events online, and organize side-events throughout the week. More details regarding GHC at WHA, and how to get involved, will be released next week. In the meantime, check out last year’s GHC WHA activitiesPlease note that you must be a GHC member in good standing (paid dues for 2017) to apply for GHC’s WHA delegation. 


PMNCH Seeks Public Consultation on Global Financing Facility Civil Society Engagement Strategy
The Global Financing Facility (GFF), officially launched in July 2015, is a multi-stakeholder partnership that supports country-led efforts to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH). Civil society is a critical RMNCAH stakeholder with significant value, expertise, and skills to bring to the GFF at country and global levels, working towards mutual goals to end preventable deaths of women, newborns, children, and adolescents by 2030. In order to enhance civil society engagement in the GFF, a group of civil society stakeholders began a process in late 2016, to develop a comprehensive Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The draft strategy, developed by PMNCH in partnership with the GFF Secretariat, is now available in English and en Français. You can provide comments on the draft strategy through the public consultation portal until March 13.


 Gavi CSO Steering Committee Issues a Call for Nominations
Gavi CSO Steering Committee representatives bring a unique and valuable perspective to the work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), as well as important organizational resources to support Gavi’s mission. In addition, each of the civil society organizations represented plays a different part in ensuring that vaccines reach children. Applications to fill five vacancies on the Gavi CSO Steering Committee are now open. Particular consideration will be given to nominations coming from countries that have not previously been represented on the Gavi CSO Steering Committee, as well as from countries that are not currently represented (see Steering Committee profiles). Completed nominations should be submitted by March 24. View the full call for nominations.


 Georgia Tech Offers Course on Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management
The Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS) will offer the annual Professional Certificate Program in Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management from May 15 – 20 at Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center. The certificate program is designed for practitioners in private industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, military, and others who are active participants or interested in health and humanitarian operations. There are a limited number of scholarships available (for those applying from NGOs or developing countries). Priority will be given to early applicants. Please e-mail Meghan Smithgall with any questions or to inquire about applying for a scholarship.


WHO Publishes List of Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens
In recent decades, the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs have become a global threat, hampering our ability to effectively treat infections such as tuberculosis, malaria, and gonorrhea. Last Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” to highlight 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to humankind. The new tool will serve as a guide to promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics in response to urgent public health needs. “If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation. View the press release.

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Global Health Roundup 2/20/2017
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Global Health Community Demonstrates Why #GlobalHealthWorks
On February 15, GHC and the global health community were on Capitol Hill to launch the latest version of the Global Health Briefing Book, Global Health Works: Maximizing U.S. Investments for Healthier and Stronger Communitiesa set of community-led recommendations for policymakers regarding global health priorities. Earlier in the day, GHC members and partners visited congressional offices to share statistics and stories of returns on U.S. investments. The day culminated with an expo of stakeholders across multiple sectors showcasing their work and impact in global health worldwide. GHC President and Executive Director Loyce Pace further delved into the significant return on investment from U.S. global health programs worldwide in a recent op-ed published by The Hill. In her op-ed, Loyce notes that for less than 1 percent of the federal budget, global health investments have yielded impressive results above and beyond their original price tag, and are poised for even greater returns in the future. View the briefing book, check out our Storify of the launch, and read Loyce’s op-ed.


Population Reference Bureau Releases New Data
New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls that have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than in previous generations of women. A statistical wallchart from GHC member Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends Update 2017, produced with support from U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), provides the latest data on the practice from 29 developing countries. Despite the declining prevalence in many countries, the total number of women and girls undergoing FGM/C continues to rise in absolute terms due to population growth. For more information, and to order a print version of the wallchart, please contact communications@prb.org.

WHO Model List for Essential Diagnostics Is Underway
Since 1977, the World Health Organization (WHO) has maintained a Model List for Essential Medicines (EML) to serve as reference document in conceiving procurement plans for medicines that meet the priority health needs of the population. The EML has been a global success, especially for low- and middle-income countries, offering guidance to governments, nonprofits, and development partners in the allocation of their health budgets. Last month, WHO released a long-awaited proposal for the development of a Model List for Essential Diagnostics (EDL). This follows calls by GHC member Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) and other partners for the agency to establish an EDL for vital diagnostics to compliment the EML. Read more.



Friends of the Global Fight Collects Global Fund Advocacy Videos 
Since December 2016, GHC member Friends of the Global Fight to End AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Friends of the Global Fight) has been building a case for sustained U.S. support of the Global Fund under the new administration and Congress. They are currently devising a new multimedia campaign, “The Letter,” to ensure that U.S. decision-makers hear these messages. The campaign will feature images of people directly impacted by Global Fund-supported programs. Friends of the Global Fight invites its partners to share video clips for its compilation. Please view this brief and sample video for guidance and inspiration on the general tone the campaign seeks to capture. The deadline for submission is February 28. For questions and support, please email friends@theglobalfight.org.

Women in Global Health Issues Call for Applications
Women in Global Health (WGH) believes that diverse, gender-balanced leadership is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is working to give all genders an equal voice in the global health arena. WGH invites interested parties to join their team and help support their mission. Candidates from all genders, backgrounds, and stages of their career from around the world are welcome to apply for a number of available positions. Applications will remain open through February 28. Please send any questions to info@womeningh.org.

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