Advocacy Update ~ August 5, 2019

Congress Reaches Agreement on a Two-Year Budget Deal In late July, U.S. Congressional leaders and the White House came to an agreement on a two-year deal that would suspend the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021 and lift spending caps on discretionary spending, avoiding automatic spending cuts imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The…

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Patient Champion Spotlight: Jyotsna Roy

During the 2019 World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Global Health Council provided several patient champions with the opportunity to share their stories, and contribute to discussions around universal health coverage (UHC). Following the Assembly, we sat down with each patient champion to get their thoughts on WHA. Hear from our patient champion Jyotsna Roy…

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Patient Champion Spotlight: Dr. Maria José Pires Machai

During the 2019 World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Global Health Council provided several patient champions with the opportunity to share their stories, and contribute to discussions around universal health coverage (UHC). Following the Assembly, we sat down with each patient champion to get their thoughts on WHA. Hear from our patient champion Dr. Maria…

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GHC 3.0

Dear friends and allies of Global Health Council, As we approach 50 years since Global Health Council was established (formerly the National Council of International Health), we have an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, but also, the work that remains to be done. The global health landscape has shifted remarkably during…

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Highlighting the Important Role of WASH in Healthcare Facilities at WHA

  This year’s World Health Assembly highlighted a key issue long overlooked by the global health community – the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCF). Data from a recent WHO/UNICEF report found that 2 billion people visit healthcare facilities without basic water service, while 1.5 billion people visit facilities with…

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Member Spotlight: PATH

Advocates reflect on why R&D is essential for achieving universal health coverage As health advocates, it has been tremendous to see the growing momentum for actionable efforts to move society toward the goal of universal health coverage (UHC). This momentum is largely due to galvanizing support from Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World…

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Advocacy Update ~ July 1, 2019

House Passes Minibus Spending Package On June 19, the House passed a minibus spending package (H.R. 2740). The spending package, which passed 226 to 203, includes the FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPs); Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS); Energy and Water; and Defense appropriations bills. None of…

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Member Spotlight: The American Academy of Pediatrics

Reflections from the 72nd World Health Assembly The people of the world are looking at us to deliver results.  And the people of the world will hold us accountable for these results.  – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. Last month, alongside our Senior Vice President in Global Child Health & Life Support, Janna Patterson,…

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Let’s End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths Once and For All

At the beginning of the 21st century, several countries vowed to end preventable child and maternal deaths worldwide. To date, those verbal commitments, which were backed by substantial investments, have cut maternal and child deaths worldwide in half. Such a remarkable achievement should be celebrated, but not without acknowledging that we have not yet reached…

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