Gavi Prepares for Upcoming Mid-Term Review

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s Mid-Term Review (MTR) is set for December 10 – 11, 2018 in the United Arab Emirates. This high-level conference aims to analyze Gavi’s performance halfway through its current five-year strategic period (2016-2020). Global health partners can promote the importance of global immunization in the months leading up to the MTR using Gavi’s microsite. This site features multimedia stories on topics such as the alliance’s approach to modernizing the cold chain and accelerating the development of an Ebola vaccine and showcases progress made from Gavi’s public-private partnership model. Partners can also derive resources from Gavi’s partner content hub, which includes key milestones for the MTR. Follow Gavi on Twitter to learn more.

Countries Initiate Action to Prevent NCDs Caused by Dangerous Air Pollution Levels

Following World Asthma Day (May 1), new data from WHO’s Ambient Air Quality Database reveal the global burden of noncommunicable diseases such as stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and asthma can be significantly reduced by tackling air pollution. Currently, 91% of the world’s population is living in regions where air pollutant levels are dangerously higher than WHO’s safety thresholds. India and Mexico City are already working to reduce air pollution by committing to cleaner vehicle standards. WHO will convene the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health from October 30 – November 1, 2018, to bring governments and partners together in a global effort to improve air quality and combat climate change. Learn more from WHO’s ambient air quality and health fact sheet.

Global Health Policy Partners Identify Approaches to Reduce Uncertainties in the Family Planning Landscape

On May 4, the Center for Global Development and the Kaiser Family Foundation published approaches to reduce uncertainties caused by recent U.S. policy shifts in family planning. These two organizations, along with U.S. government officials, donors, NGOs, and private sector partners, identified cross-cutting themes across three focus areas: financing and policy changes; country transitions; and commodities. Key themes include: improving donor alignment to ensure sustainable long-term funding; measuring and mobilizing domestic resources; filling data gaps to help policymakers shape the agenda more effectively; supporting integration with other global health programs without diminishing the focus on family planning; and recognizing that unique opportunities reside within these uncertainties that could aid in strengthening family planning assistance. View the published document.

USAID Awards Grant to Public Health Institute to Expand the Global Health Talent Pool

USAID awarded a $94 million Cooperative Agreement to the Public Health Institute (PHI) to initiate the new Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources (STAR) project on May 1. The project aims to identify and strengthen the capacity of diverse and talented global health professionals across the world and to build sustainable, long-term partnerships between U.S. and foreign academic and professional institutions (especially in low and middle-income countries). PHI strives to achieve this goal with assistance from global health partners such as Johns Hopkins University, University of California San Francisco, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. View the press release.