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GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 01/15/2018

Georgia Global Health Alliance Secures Grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation 
On December 18, GHC partner Georgia Global Health Alliance (GGHA) was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support new programming that develops global health as an economic sector within the state. GGHA recently launched a host of initiatives including a “Global to Local” program that is focused on utilizing lessons from the global health front to help address local public health issues. They are also currently working with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and other partners to understand the economic impact of the global health sector in the state. View the GGHA post.

Applications Now Open for University of Global Health Equity’s Master of Science in Global Health Delivery Class
The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of GHC member Partners in Health, is a new university based in Rwanda that is focused on building the next generation of global health professionals through the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) program. UGHE’s MGHD program provides one-of-a-kind learning experiences fundamentally rooted in the principles of global health, One Health, epidemiology, global health policy, management, finance, and leadership. Applications are now open for the full-time, one-year MGHD program. For more information, visit UGHE’s website. Deadline to apply is February 12.

PATH Promotes “Advocacy for Impact” Series Highlighting Global Advocates
In December, GHC member PATH celebrated the end of another successful year by promoting its “Advocacy for Impact” series, highlighting the works of dedicated advocates across the world, who helped improve health and well-being in the countries where they live and work. The series also includes detailed profiles of several advocates and their inspiration to work in the field and create change. You can find more profiles on Twitter using the hashtag #Advocacy4Impact.


1) December 20, 2017: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) discussed the need for continued U.S. leadership in global health security with PATH’s Carolyn Reynolds via the “Take As Directed” podcast series.
2) December 23, 2017: WHO welcomed the appointment of Henrietta H. Fore as the seventh Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Fore began her new role on January 1. View the WHO statement.
3) January 8: Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, articulated the private sector’s role in improving global health at J.P. Morgan’s 36th Annual Healthcare Conference. View his remarks.
4) January 11: WHO and the United Nations (UN) Environment agreed upon a new collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks. Explore the different ways that you can take action as an individual.


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.


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

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 1/9/2017
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.