Advocacy Update ~ February 19, 2019

Appropriations Update FY 2019 Spending Package Passed On Thursday, a day before the latest Continuing Resolution was set to expire, Congress passed a spending package that includes the remaining seven appropriations bills and funds the government until September 30, 2019. This bipartisan compromise includes $56.1 billion for the International Affairs Budget, a slight increase of…

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Legislative Approaches to Immunization Across the European Region

In the last five years, Europe has experienced outbreaks and increased incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, notably measles, across the region. In the first six months of 2018, over 41,000 children and adults in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region were infected with measles, exceeding 12-month reports for the eight previous years. This is a…

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Advocacy Update ~ February 4, 2019

  Government Open Until February 15 After 35 days, the partial government shutdown ended and agencies will remain open until February 15. Within the next two weeks, Congress and the President will need to agree on border security measures to avoid another partial shutdown. Passage of the remaining appropriations bills, including State and Foreign Operations,…

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GHC at the 144th WHO Executive Meeting (#EB144)

This week, a delegation of Global Health Council (GHC) staff and members will attend the 144th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland. From January 24 to February 1, the Executive Board, which is comprised of 34 members, will meet to discuss the proposed programme budget 2020-2021, polio eradication and transition, health emergencies, the…

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A year in review: The global health innovation stories that shaped 2018

Two thousand eighteen was a turbulent year in global health. Between reemerging crises, breakthrough scientific discoveries, and the continued looming threat of health research funding cuts, 2018 took us on a roller coaster ride of peril and promise. Now as the year comes to an end, GHTC is taking a moment to reflect on the…

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Call for Papers: What Works? Lessons Learned in Global Health Security Implementation

CDC Seeks to Establish Evidence Base for Global Health Security Efforts Submit proposals to CDC using this form; proposal submission instructions are below.   Final Deadline for Proposal Submissions:  January 31, 2019 To achieve compliance with the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (IHR), all countries must have their own capacity to rapidly detect and control…

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Advocacy Update ~ January 22, 2019

Government Shutdown The government has been in a partial shutdown since December 22, now the longest shutdown in history. In an attempt to reopen the government, House Democrats, now in control of the House, have introduced spending bills similar in funding levels and language that the Senate agreed o in the previous Congress. However, Senate…

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A Tribute to Chris Thomas

On December 5, the global health community lost a dear friend, Chris Thomas. Chris worked for nearly two decades as a global health champion at USAID, serving as the lead communications officer for the Office of Infectious Disease, the President’s Malaria Initiative, the GH liaison within Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) as well as filling numerous other…

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Advocacy Update ~ December 21, 2018

Updates from the Lame Duck Session FY 2019 Appropriations Congress is running out of time to keep the government open beyond today, when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires. The major sticking point in passing the remaining seven appropriations bills, including State and Foreign Operations, continues to be funding for the administration’s proposed border wall.…

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Connecting the Dots of Courageous Conversations at GHLS18

By Adeola Akinremi The conversations in the room at this year’s Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS18) suggest one thing: there’s courage and commitment to push the agenda for the inclusion of health for all and financial protection, despite growing obstacles and challenges. On November 30, 2018, Global Health Council (GHC) brought together policy and program…

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