Administration News Trump Administration continues WHO withdrawal with reprogramming of funds The Trump Administration announced it would reprogram the remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and 2020 assessed contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO). The decision to reprogram $80 million in assessed contributions will impede the WHO’s ability to respond to COVID-19 and other long-term…

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Administration News Trump Administration reaffirms withdrawal plan from WHO In a statement released by the Department of State, the Trump Administration announced steps to complete the process of withdrawal from the World Health Organization. They announced the remaining portion of the 2020 assessment, upwards of $62 million USD, will be reprogrammed to the UN to…

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Telling the story of respectful maternity care through the Brave Voices, Bold Actions podcast By Diana Copeland, Executive Producer and Host of Brave Voices, Bold Actions: Women’s Health, Rights & You, and Senior Communications Officer at White Ribbon Alliance Women and girls are clear: they want respectful, dignified reproductive and maternal healthcare. It was the…

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I’ll let you in on a secret. Sometimes, my family and friends will place bets on how quickly people forget the last injustice caught on camera. It’s always so tragic and graphic that everyone feels guilty looking away. But we eventually do, moving on to the next breaking news story. It’s the same cycle time…

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Administration News State Department updates U.S. global response to COVID-19 On July 29, the State Department provided an update on the U.S. funding commitments  for the global response to COVID-19. The update highlights and breaks down the allocated $20.5 billion that has gone towards the international response. Secretary Azar: Any vaccine would be shared once…

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By: Marissa Chmiola, Senior Communications Lead, Global Health Technologies Coalition With support from the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) global health Grand Challenges for Development program led by the Center for Innovation and Impact, innovators from across the globe have been designing and scaling up affordable solutions to the world’s most significant global health challenges,…

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Washington, DC (July 28, 2020) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, the urgent need for greater surveillance, equipment, personnel, testing, and laboratory capacity to save lives and contain the spread of the virus continues to grow. Global health programs haven’t received the funding they need in emergency bills so far. Now is…

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If you are anything like me, you alternately feel like time stopped in March (“How is it summertime? Didn’t we just celebrate New Year’s?”) or that you have aged a decade in the span of six months (“Is it really still 2020?”). It seems like we’ve lived a lifetime in a matter of weeks and…

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Congressional News House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Last week, the House passed H.R. 7608, a minibus consisting of four fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations (SFOPs); Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA; Interior-Environment; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. A full summary of the bill is available here. The bill provides $65.87 billion in funding, an…

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Community Health in the Time of COVID-19: Reducing Preventable Deaths By Jennifer Hyman, Director of Communications, Living Goods Figuring out how to continue delivering essential reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services in the face of COVID-19 is an urgent priority, given the dire potential for preventable deaths among these groups to well exceed…

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