Highlights from the 140th WHO Executive Board Session
GHC hosted a delegation of its members representing multiple sectors and priorities to the recent WHO Executive Board (EB) session (January 23 – February 1). GHC delegates tracked the discussion of key agenda items ranging from global health security and polio to R&D and non-communicable diseases, and some read statements to the EB on these topics. They also had an opportunity to liaise with Member State representatives, including a joint meeting with the U.S. delegation and WHO staff. Reactions to the statements and additional takeaways from the meeting will be posted to GHC’s blog, The Collective Voice. For those interested, GHC will open the application process for its delegation to World Health Assembly (WHA) in May next month.
During the WHO EB session, three remaining candidates for the position of WHO Director-General were announced. Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Pakistan’s Sania Nishtar, and Britain’s David Nabarro will face off in a final vote to be cast by WHO Member States at WHA. GHC will continue to provide updates on this election process.
Addendum Issued to Global Financing Facility (GFF) Report
In the fall of 2015, GHC member RESULTS commissioned Global Health Visions and Catalysts for Change to undertake an analysis of civil society engagement and consultation in the development of Investment Cases in the four GFF front-runner countries. The analysis provided insights on successes and challenges in civil society engagement reported by key stakeholders, as well as lessons learned and recommendations for enhancing civil society engagement moving forward. An addendum has been developed to supplement the original report with more current information. View the addendum.
Johns Hopkins Hosts Health Systems Summer Institute
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting its Health Systems Summer Institute from June 12 to June 23. The Institute provides public health professionals with the skills necessary to address the key health systems issues of today. The courses are a great way for early- and mid-career professionals to expand their skill sets and improve their job performance. Last year’s participants came from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego, and the National Cancer Institute. Registration officially opens on February 13. Visit the Institute’s website for more information.
Zika: One Year Later
On February 1, 2016, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan announced that the Zika virus was a public health emergency of international concern. Following its appearance in the Americas in 2015, cases of the outbreak have since been identified in 70 countries worldwide, including regions in Asia, Africa, and the Western Pacific. Zika has once again revealed the weaknesses in our global preparedness to handle epidemics. However, the global community has demonstrated a strong and united front in responding to Zika, with more than 60 global and local partners, including WHO, committing to sustained and long-term efforts to combat the disease. Recent studies have helped identify potential surveillance systems to provide early warning of Zika outbreaks in low-resource countries. Read the latest statement on Zika from Dr. Chan..
2nd Annual Aid & Development Summit
The 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit will take place from February 28 to March 1 in Nairobi, Kenya with an aim to explore how best practices can improve aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa. Over 300 decision-makers from a variety of sectors, including: government, NGOs, development banks, and the private sector, will gather to discuss innovations in areas such as health and WASH; maternal and child health; and communicable diseases. If you are a GHC member and would like to be a part of the Summit, email email@example.com.
Major Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial Concludes
The global health community wrapped up an eventful year with the conclusion of a major clinical trial which evaluated the effectiveness of a new Ebola vaccine on 6,000 subjects in Guinea. The one-year trial was led by the WHO, Guinea’s Ministry of Health, Médecins Sans Frontières
, and other international partners. Findings from the trial reveal that the new vaccine is up to 100 percent effective. “While these compelling results come too late for those who lost their lives during the West Africa Ebola epidemic, they show that when the next Ebola outbreak hits, we will not be defenseless,” said Dr. Marie-Paul Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, and the study’s lead author. Read more
Upcoming World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
In 2016, the world marked one year since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). Some of the achievements that were made in that year include the signing of a historical climate change agreement, renewing efforts towards gender equality, and advancing the Global Health Security Agenda
. At this year’s World Economic Forum
, leading voices in business and global development will meet in Davos, Switzerland to discuss ways we can build on this momentum and further our progress in solving global issues. A major highlight at this event will be the launch of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
(CEPI), a new global effort that seeks to stop future epidemics by developing timely vaccines.
Gates Foundation Invests in New HIV Prevention Device
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
recently committed to investing up to 140 million dollars towards the development of a new HIV prevention device. The device, a small implantable drug pump, is being developed by Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.
to facilitate the delivery of antiretroviral medicines over extended periods of time. This will help ensure that patients on HIV treatment do not miss a single dose. While it might take several years to get the device onto the market, the agreement between the Gates Foundation and Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. is intended to make sure that the intervention is accessible and affordable to low resource populations in the developing world. Read more
Call for Applications: Alan Fagil Fellowship
GHC member American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
(ASTMH) has launched a fellowship in honor of the legacy of Alan J. Fagil, a celebrated leader in the global tropical medicine community. The fellowship is targeted towards early-to-mid-career ASTMH members in low- and middle-income countries and will support leadership development in tropical medicine. The recipient will receive funding of up to $50,000 over a period of two years. Deadline for submission is February 1
. View the Call for Concept Papers
for more details.
REPORT: Global Goals, Local Action
PATH and Women Deliver released a report, Global Goals, Local Action: Advancing homegrown solutions for girls and women through regional advocacy caucuses. This report highlights the exciting advocacy outcomes from eight regional advocacy caucuses held at the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in May in Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of the caucuses was to foster collective advocacy action at the national and regional level to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health; and other global commitments, so that they make a meaningful positive impact on the lives of girls and women.
Young Women and HIV/AIDS in Zambia
At the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, CSIS showcased a video focused on the reality for young women in Zambia, where more than one in ten women will be infected by HIV by the time they are 24 years old. Through their powerful stories and insights, viewers understand the risk that young women face and work to engage and power them. Listen to Young Women and HIV/AIDS in Zambia.
Access to Medicines
MSH, in partnership with Devex, launched Access to Medicines, a three week campaign to analyze and amplify the discussion on global access to medicines and examine the future of medicine access for individuals at the last mile. The goal of this campaign is to save lives, empower communities, and build resilient health systems.
KFF Report on HIV Response
A new report produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS indicates donor funding for HIV fell for the first time in five years, from $8.6 billion in 2014 to $7.5 billion in 2015. UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures notes that “countries still need urgent support over the next few years to Fast-Track their responses to HIV, enabling them to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and save millions of lives. Diverting resources from the HIV response now will mean much greater human and financial costs over the long-term.” Read the full report.
The CDC has received reports from international healthcare facilities that Candida auris, an emerging multidrug-resistant (MDR) yeast, is causing invasive infections with high mortality. C. auris has now been reported in nine countries on four continents. CDC is concerned that it will emerge in new locations, including the U.S. Visit the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) website to learn more.
66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, partner organizations, and civil society will take part in the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 12- 15. If you are interested in attending and are a GHC member, please contact us. Online registration closes August 29.
Ambassadors for Health Equity Fellowship
PolicyLink and GHC member, FSG, just launched the Ambassadors for Health Equity Fellowship, a new initiative to connect innovative and inspiring leaders to mentorship, education, and opportunities for collaboration around advancing systemic solutions in health equity. During the next year, 16 national leaders in the public, private, and social sectors will participate in in-person meetings, webinars, and ongoing online engagement that will empower them to share ideas and experiences, forge new alliances, generate new solutions, and promote health equity within their own work
GHTC – A Model of Coalition Building in the Global Health Space
GHC member, Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), recently published a case study examining GHTC as a model of coalition building in the global health space. The study documents GHTC’s history, advocacy successes, and lessons learned in coalition building. It was written by an outside consultant and informed by interviews with current and former GHTC members.
Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally
On June 16, the National Academy of Medicine published Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally. The paper argues that investing in young children globally is a primary means of achieving sustainable human, social, and economic development, all of which are vital to ensuring international peace and security. For the first time, early childhood development is acknowledged as a critical part of the global development agenda.
The Innovation Effect
GHC Member PATH recently launched the campaign, Innovation Effect – a conversation as much as a call-to-action to highlight and drive forward using innovation to tackle global health challenges, and aimed to identify actions that power disruptive solutions. The Innovation Effect happens when unique partnerships, disruptive technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine-in often unexpected ways-creating improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world.
Global Digital Health Forum
The third annual Global Digital Health Forum (formerly the Global mHealth Forum), focusing on digital and connected health in low- and middle- income countries, will be held December 13-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Forum’s objectives are to enhance the capacity of governments, donors, civil society, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs to design, implement, and evaluate digital health initiatives; and, to provide a space for global health stakeholders working in LMICs to network and share knowledge. Submit a proposal by June 30.
Global Health & Innovation Conference
The Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,000 professionals, and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This thought-leading conference convenes leaders, change-makers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. The 2017 GHIC will take place April 22-23. Register in June for a special 70% discount!