Administration News Administration proposes rule to extend Mexico City Policy to global health contracts On September 14, the Trump administration published a new proposed rule to extend the Mexico City Policy, also known as the global gag rule, to global health contracts. This is the first time the policy would ever apply to contracts, as…

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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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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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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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WHO Advocacy Community Statement of Support Global Health Council, in coordination with Action for Global Health, CSEM of UHC2030, RESULTS, and WACI Heath, shared a sign-on statement expressing continued support for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the role it plays as an international convener and effective resource. Roughly 200 organizations and 175 individuals signed…

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Overcoming COVID-19 will require understanding vaccination hesitancy By Kaitlin Christenson, VP, Vaccine Acceptance and Demand at Sabin Vaccine Institute The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed a significant effort to develop a vaccine against the disease: today, there are 10 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in clinical trials. As we get closer to the reality of…

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I generally come across two kinds of advocates. The first is pragmatic, committed to a cause but careful about how it is championed and mindful of navigating the politics involved. This advocate is more likely to aim for the most winnable goal, all but assured of a positive outcome even before their work begins. And…

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Global Health Council (GHC) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intention to terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2020) – WHO plays a vital role not only in the current COVID-19 pandemic, but in helping countries around the world prevent, treat,…

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World Health Assembly GHC and our delegation submitted a statement to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the World Health Assembly (WHA73), which took place on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, 2020 using video conference technology. The assembly focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as items essential for governance business continuity. The…

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Self-care: A Critical Answer to COVID-19 By Sandy Garcon, Senior Manager, Advocacy and Communications, PSI Global health experts from around the world are joining the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly (WHA) to discuss one topic – COVID-19. While the topic this year is limited to one virus it will touch on many aspects of the…

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