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Universal Health Coverage: 'More Than Just An Aspiration'

This event summary on GHC’s WHA71 side event, Diverse Pathways and Partnerships to Universal Health Coverage, was written by GHC member and WHA delegate Jo Anne Bennett.  GHC delegate and NCD patient advocate Kwanele Asante shares her unique perspective on pathways to UHC. “More than just an aspiration” was the opening and consistent theme...Read More »

The GPW: Making the Impossible Work of the World Health Organization Possible

This post was written by Elizabeth Montgomery Collins, MD, MPH, DTM, Global Health Council individual member and delegate to the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.  In 2000 the United Nations (UN) marked a new era in global development policy by adopting eight highly ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved...Read More »

Kwanele Asante: “It's Our Lives That Are At Stake”

This post is originally published on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Health NOW and is written by Brian W. Simpson.  South African lawyer and bioethicist Kwanele Asante is a non-communicable diseases advocate at #WHA71. (Image: Brian W. Simpson) Kwanele Asante speaks her mind. And what’s on her mind at this...Read More »

Back To The Circus: Loyce Pace On The Value Of The World Health Assembly

This post is originally published on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Health NOW and is written by Brian W. Simpson.  Loyce Pace, the president and executive director of the Global Health Council, at #WH71 in Geneva. Image by Brian W. Simpson The World Health Assembly can be crowded, exhausting and...Read More »

Help Shape the Future of Collaboration of Civil Society with WHO

This post was written by Kate Dodson,  Vice President, Global Health, United Nations Foundation. On May 22, Global Health Council, United Nations Foundation and several partners hosted an official side event on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly intended to foster dialogue and build consensus among Member State delegates, WHO officials,...Read More »

Local Participation is the Key to Success in Global Health Security

This guest post was originally published by Management Sciences for Health. The post is written by Ashley Arabasadi and is an overview of “Getting Local with Global Health Security,” a World Health Assembly side-event co-sponsored by partners under the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium including MSH, the Global Health Council, Resolve to...Read More »

‘To be horrified by inequality and early death and not have any kind of plan for responding — that would not work for me.’

This guest post was originally published in the Harvard Gazette and was written by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer.  Partners in Health’s mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve...Read More »

“Two Sides of the Same Coin”: Can a health systems lens inform health security efforts?

This guest post was written by Taylor Williamson of RTI International. RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. They are a 2018 Global Health Council member. The discussions at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) have been wide-ranging, from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and youth engagement...Read More »

Global Health Security Roundtable Welcomes Additional U.S. Funding for Ebola Response

Washington, DC (May 23, 2018) — The Global Health Security Roundtable welcomes U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s announcement that the U.S. is contributing an additional $7 million in response to the evolving Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total U.S. commitment...Read More »

Polio Transition – A Missed Opportunity on the path towards UHC?

This guest post was originally posted on the RESULTS website and was written by Laura Kerr, Senior Policy Advocacy Officer (Child Health), RESULTS UK, and a member of the Gavi CSO Constituency Steering Committee. RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed, everyday people. Together we use our voices to influence political...Read More »

The Local Path to Global Health Security

This article was originally published in Global Health NOW.  The article is around a WHA side-event organized by Global Health Council & partners. Global Health NOW has gathered thousands of subscribers worldwide who rely on it as a source for their global health news. The mobile-ready website came online in...Read More »

GHC Statements to WHA71

This post will be updated regularly. Please check back in to stay informed. Follow @GlobalHealthOrg on Twitter for instant updates! Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addresses the  71st World Health Assembly on Monday, May 21, 2018. On Monday, May 21, the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) began at 9:30 AM CET. Topics to be covered...Read More »

You Can’t Have Universal Health Coverage Without the Community

This guest post was written by Rita Bulusu, Deputy Director of Living Goods’ Community Health Strengthening Team. Living Goods supports networks of ‘Avon-like’ health entrepreneurs who go door to door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea,...Read More »

Happiness, Health & NCDs – Mind the Gap! How can we make public health decisions that make people happy?

This blog post was written by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations as part of GHC’s Member Spotlight Series. The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) is a non-profit organization uniting national and regional psoriasis associations from around the world. More details on IFPA’s WHA side-event is available on GHC’s Special Events...Read More »

Preparing for the HHS Stakeholder Listening Session: Global Health Council Statements on WHA Agenda Items

The Statements below were prepared by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager at Global Health Council. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—charged with leading the U.S. delegation to the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA)—is holding an informal Stakeholder Listening Session today, May 11, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM,...Read More »

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