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

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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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Feedback Requested on the Zero Draft of the Global Strategy

Shaping the future for healthy women, children and adolescents

We want your input
The zero draft of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health is now available! Log on to the interactive consultation hub and take the survey on the zero draft Strategy www.womenchildrenpost2015.org

The second round survey is online until 5th June and PMNCH wants your input on the zero draft Strategy. All feedback provided through this consultation process will be considered in the development of the final version of the Strategy set to launch at the UN General Assembly in September.

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A second Synthesis Report, incorporating feedback from this consultation round will be published by 15th June. All public responses to this survey will be posted on the interactive online hub. Join us to learn, comment and share. Together, we can build a healthy future for women, children and adolescents.

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Final GFF Consultation Report

This blog was cross-posted from Dr. Andres de Francisco, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) consultation process was convened by the PMNCH to gather views about the GFF following the World Bank’s request to the PMNCH in October. The consultation was done in the context of the larger process aimed at updating the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in the course of 2015 and under the Every Woman Every Child banner. This is the first in what will be a number of consultation reports.

The report synthesizes the views of over 1,400 individuals and organizations who contributed to the consultation through a range of modalities including targeted discussions, side events at regional and global meetings, network hosted processes and direct participation through an online survey. Views were aggregated using quantitative and qualitative research methods. Input was received from across each of the seven PMNCH constituencies. The Consultation Advisory Group was convened to oversee and validate the consultation process, and to approve the final report. The CAG met several times and at each stage of the consultation process.

Hopes are that the report will be of value to the GFF business planning process specifically and more generally to support the updating of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, due to kick off in early 2015. PMNCH intends to remain engaged in the GFF process and, using its seat on the GFF Oversight Group, they plan to ensure that the recommendations of the report are given serious consideration in the GFF business planning process. The CAG will follow up at its next meeting on how the report will be considered and what kind of response they can expect from the GFF team.

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No woman, no adolescent, no child left behind: Our Johannesburg pledge

This post was originally found on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

By Carole Presern, PMNCH

Last week, about 1,200 of us from 60 or more countries gathered for the Partners’ Forum, hosted by the Government of South Africa, PMNCH, Countdown to 2015, A Promise Renewed and the independent Expert Review Group. This was the first time in nearly four years that the seven PMNCH constituency groups have met together, since our last Partners’ Forum in New Delhi in 2010. Then, we were 400 members and the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health had just taken wing. Now, we look ahead to the final 500 days of the Millennium Development Goal era with a sense of accomplishment and urgency. We have to balance the need to focus on the forgotten – the hard to reach whose lives are at the centre of all we do – with the urgency of maintaining the world’s attention on healthy women and children in the new Sustainable Development Goals.

There was plenty of dynamism, energy and inspiration to go round. From the commitment of national leaders, including Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, to the stirring legacy of Madiba, so movingly evoked by our board chair Mrs Graça Machel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  We were very fortunate to have Ministers, Heads of Agencies – WHO’s Dr Margaret Chan, and UNFPA’s Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin – representatives of the Secretary-General, traditional leaders, civil society, private sector and of course heads of Health Care Professional Associations and our academic and scientific friends.  This was a Partners’ Forum like none other.  And what particularly made it special for many of us were the 60 youth leaders who came to Johannesburg and developed their own 

Youth Outcome Document – a call to action that joins us all. As the young members of the Soweto Gospel Choir sang out to us: “This little light of mine (I’m going to let it shine)”. Indeed, they did.

What has also been unique this time was the co-hosting with the five partners, and the timing, for our collective drive in these last 550 days and as the post 2015 negotiations reach a critical point. This has truly been an extraordinary few months for women’s and children’s health.

The 2014 Partners’ Forum was also a platform to launch some much-awaited reports:  The

Every Newborn Action Plan (along with 40 commitments to Every Woman Every Child), the Countdown to 2015 report and the Success Factors report. Through the Success Factors we highlighted the importance of working with sectors beyond health. We were privileged to have ministers and many experts lend their voices and expertise to our panels and plenaries, including Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Nigeria’s Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu, and Vietnam’s  Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien. We were truly inspired by their vision and commitment to the collective cause and to their countries.  

The meeting resulted in a draft Partners’ Forum communiqué; the most recent shared  here. In the words of Mrs Graça Machel:  “Every day counts, every action counts and every life counts. And when we care enough to act together, we can achieve greater results and better impact”.

A thousand times ndiyabulela, siyabonga, and thanks to all for helping make this meeting inspiring and insightful. Now onwards to 2015.    

2014 Partners’ Forum reports

Plenaries at the 2014 Partners’ Forum

2014 Partners’ Forum media

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PMNCH 2014 Partners’ Forum

PMNCH 2014 Partners’ Forum

2014 Partners’ Forum to Unite Champions from more than 40 countries Around Action Plan for Women’s and Children’s Health

30 JUNE – 1 JULY

Sandton Convention Centre

Johannesburg, South Africa

From June 30 – July 1, 2014, global health professionals, policy makers, business leaders, advocates and youth leaders will gather for the third Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting will be a pivotal moment to review progress, identify factors for success, and agree on commitments for action to help women, newborns, children and adolescents survive and thrive. For example, new investments in innovation and expanded access to relatively simple and well-known interventions, like midwifery services, can improve health, save lives, and lead to sustained development.

The Forum will be chaired by Graça Machel, Chair of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and Ambassador for A Promise Renewed. The meeting will be hosted by the Government of South Africa in partnership with PMNCH; USAID and UNICEF for A Promise Renewed; Countdown to 2015; and the independent Expert Review Group.   With new global commitments, partners working across health and related fields will be well-positioned to use the Johannesburg Forum to unite global efforts to prioritize action and accountability for the health and well-being of every woman and every child.

Confirmed speakers for the Partners’ Forum include Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, co-chair, Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group; Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Honourable Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria; HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization; Philippe Douste-Blazy, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Innovative Finance for Development; and Christopher Elias, President for Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health 2014 Partners’ Forum

To register: Join the conversation at #PMNCHLive and follow developments on Storify. For media inquiries: PMNCHMedia@globalhealthstrategies.com

 

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