Advocacy Update ~ September 16, 2019

Senate Starts Work on FY 2020 Spending Bills Congress returned to Capitol Hill last week with an eye towards finishing up Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Appropriations. With the House having passed most of the spending bills earlier this year, attention was focused on the Senate. On last week’s schedule was a markup of the Labor,…

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The Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: The Global Fund Replenishment Update

  Coordinating closely with U.S. bilateral programs–the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the US Agency for International Development’s TB Program, and the President’s Malaria Initiative–the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and partners have saved 27 million lives worldwide since 2002. Every three years, the Global Fund runs a Replenishment campaign…

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Member Spotlight: The Access Challenge

Not Your Typical Health Conference What happens when a Mayor, a Sustainable Energy Specialist, the Country Director of a Pharmaceutical Company, a WHO Director, a Second Lady, and an International Investment Director step into a panel room? The second annual One by One: Target 2030 Conference is on September 23 following the United Nations High-Level…

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Advocacy Update ~ September 3, 2019

Rescission: The 2019 Version In early August, reports emerged that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had sent a letter to USAID and the State Department asking for a review of unobligated (unspent) funding for Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 and 2019 for a number of programs, including global health and development assistance, in the…

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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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