Global Health Roundup 2/20/2017

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Global Health Community Demonstrates Why #GlobalHealthWorks
On February 15, GHC and the global health community were on Capitol Hill to launch the latest version of the Global Health Briefing Book, Global Health Works: Maximizing U.S. Investments for Healthier and Stronger Communitiesa set of community-led recommendations for policymakers regarding global health priorities. Earlier in the day, GHC members and partners visited congressional offices to share statistics and stories of returns on U.S. investments. The day culminated with an expo of stakeholders across multiple sectors showcasing their work and impact in global health worldwide. GHC President and Executive Director Loyce Pace further delved into the significant return on investment from U.S. global health programs worldwide in a recent op-ed published by The Hill. In her op-ed, Loyce notes that for less than 1 percent of the federal budget, global health investments have yielded impressive results above and beyond their original price tag, and are poised for even greater returns in the future. View the briefing book, check out our Storify of the launch, and read Loyce’s op-ed.


Population Reference Bureau Releases New Data
New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls that have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than in previous generations of women. A statistical wallchart from GHC member Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends Update 2017, produced with support from U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), provides the latest data on the practice from 29 developing countries. Despite the declining prevalence in many countries, the total number of women and girls undergoing FGM/C continues to rise in absolute terms due to population growth. For more information, and to order a print version of the wallchart, please contact communications@prb.org.

WHO Model List for Essential Diagnostics Is Underway
Since 1977, the World Health Organization (WHO) has maintained a Model List for Essential Medicines (EML) to serve as reference document in conceiving procurement plans for medicines that meet the priority health needs of the population. The EML has been a global success, especially for low- and middle-income countries, offering guidance to governments, nonprofits, and development partners in the allocation of their health budgets. Last month, WHO released a long-awaited proposal for the development of a Model List for Essential Diagnostics (EDL). This follows calls by GHC member Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) and other partners for the agency to establish an EDL for vital diagnostics to compliment the EML. Read more.



Friends of the Global Fight Collects Global Fund Advocacy Videos 
Since December 2016, GHC member Friends of the Global Fight to End AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Friends of the Global Fight) has been building a case for sustained U.S. support of the Global Fund under the new administration and Congress. They are currently devising a new multimedia campaign, “The Letter,” to ensure that U.S. decision-makers hear these messages. The campaign will feature images of people directly impacted by Global Fund-supported programs. Friends of the Global Fight invites its partners to share video clips for its compilation. Please view this brief and sample video for guidance and inspiration on the general tone the campaign seeks to capture. The deadline for submission is February 28. For questions and support, please email friends@theglobalfight.org.

Women in Global Health Issues Call for Applications
Women in Global Health (WGH) believes that diverse, gender-balanced leadership is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is working to give all genders an equal voice in the global health arena. WGH invites interested parties to join their team and help support their mission. Candidates from all genders, backgrounds, and stages of their career from around the world are welcome to apply for a number of available positions. Applications will remain open through February 28. Please send any questions to info@womeningh.org.