Global Health Roundup~09/10/2018

Poor Quality Health Services Are Claiming More Lives Than Ever Before

The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems launched a report showing that increased access to care is not enough to save lives, especially if that health care is of poor quality. The Commission goes on to share that efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage will be wasted if poor quality health systems are not addressed, especially because poor quality health care claims more lives than lack of access to health care. Ultimately, the Commission calls for a renewed focus on people-centered quality health service delivery.

How Physically Active Are You?

A new study shows that more than 1 in 4 adults globally are physically inactive, putting them at risk for NCDs and diminishing their mental health and quality of life. The report, authored by four World Health Organization (WHO) experts and published by the Lancet Global Health, indicates that if this trend continues, the 2025 global target to reduce insufficient physical activity by 10 percent will not be met. WHO, in its Let’s Be Active Campaign, is calling upon all countries to provide environments that support physical activity and increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be active every day.

Have an Amazing Story on Global Health? Share it Now!

NPR’s “Goats and Soda”, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), and Global Health NOW (GHN) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have announced the 2019 Untold Stories of Global Health Contest. The contest is meant to give a platform to important, but underreported global health stories. NPR and GHN will each select one winning story to cover and publish, and the winner will be announced publicly in March 2019 at the CUGH conference. The deadline for submission is September 30.



August 16: To commemorate World Mosquito Day, Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) shared tools to help end diseases caused by various mosquitoes, including the employment of mosquito altering technologies.

August 24: Emmy-winning filmmaker and creative arts curator Lisa Russell announced a workshop bringing the immersive storytelling and global development communities together for the global good. The workshop is slated for October 13-14 in New York City.

August 31: The latest update from WHO on the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo suggests that control measures are working. However, WHO cautions that the trend should be monitored closely since more cases are being reported from the city of Beni.

September 3: This year’s World Water Week took place in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of August. Devex reports on the key takeaways from the conference ranging from innovative financing to cross-sector collaboration.

September 4: Global Health NOW published an exclusive two-part interview with WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the challenges he faces including Universal Health Coverage, health equity and WHO’s work with civil society.

September 5: The Government of India will host the Global Fund’s Preparatory Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment in February 2019 to mobilize funds aimed at accelerating the end of AIDS, TB, and malaria as epidemics and building stronger health systems.