Global Health Roundup

Advocacy Update ~ June 11, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. White House Withdraws Ebola Rescission Early last week, the White House made a number of modifications to its proposed rescission package, including a removal of the rescission of $252 million in remaining unobligated Ebola response...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 »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 05/07/2018

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...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 04/23/2018

The Global Health Community Gets #ReadyToBeatMalaria Ahead of World Malaria Day (April 25), the global health community has renewed its commitment to ending malaria, a preventable, treatable, and curable disease, which manages to endure despite significant global progress. During the 2018 World Malaria Summit last week, world leaders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 04/09/2018

NCD Child Encourages Young Minds to Participate in Global Art Contest On April 3, ahead of World Health Day (April 7), NCD Child launched a global art and video contest for adolescents to visually highlight the importance of non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control for young people and their communities. Based on the...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 03/26/2018

New Reports and Factsheets on World Water Day and World Tuberculosis (TB) Day Highlight Challenges and Opportunities That Lie Ahead Last week, the world recognized World Water Day on March 22 and World TB Day on March 24. WaterAid’s Water Gap: The State of the World’s Water 2018 Report highlighted an alarming rise in the number of...Read More »

Global Health Council Rejects Proposed Cuts to Global Health Programs and U.S. Foreign Assistance

Washington, DC (February  12, 2018) — Today the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 that contains a 30 percent decrease in the foreign affairs budget, including global health programs, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State. In addition, cuts were recommended for programs...Read More »

Advocacy Update ~ February 12, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. 6 More Weeks of FY18 Appropriations Discussions On Friday morning, President Trump signed into law a budget deal that includes a six-week stopgap spending bill, the fifth Continuing Resolution (CR) for this fiscal year (FY). This...Read More »

Global Health Council Statement on the Release of the Six-Month Review of Mexico City Policy

Washington, DC (February 8, 2018) —  Today Global Health Council responds to the Department of State’s recently released 6-month review of the expansion of the Mexico City Policy (renamed to the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance). The State Department proposed the review to gauge the policy’s impact on U.S. global...Read More »

142nd WHO Executive Board (EB) Session Updates

Global Health Council (GHC) is hosting a delegation to the 142nd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board (EB) Session. The WHO EB Session is currently in progress in Geneva, Switzerland and will conclude on January 27. The following updates were provided by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global...Read More »

142nd WHO Executive Board Session Begins in Geneva: GHC Delegation to Read Statements on Multiple Agenda Items

Broken Chair at the Place Des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. This year, Global Health Council (GHC) is hosting a delegation to the 142nd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board (EB) Session. The EB Session is currently in progress in Geneva, Switzerland and will conclude on January 27.  The full...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 01/15/2018

Georgia Global Health Alliance Secures Grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation  On December 18, GHC partner Georgia Global Health Alliance (GGHA) was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support new programming that develops global health as an economic sector within the state. GGHA recently launched...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 12/18/2017

Join GHC in APHA’s 2018 “1 Billion Steps” Challenge From January 1 to April 8, 2018, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is hosting its 1 Billion Steps Challenge, a walking challenge designed for the neighborhood, workplace, or congregation, in buildup to National Public Health Week (April 2 – April 8, 2018). The goal is to reach...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 11/20/2017

Driving Home the Importance of Safe Sanitation On November 15, USAID and the U.S. Department of State released the whole-of-government Global Water Strategy required by the Water for the World Act. While Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is one of the four strategic objectives outlined, the strategy also addresses global health issues such as under-5...Read More »

Advocacy Update ~ November 20, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council.   Update on FY18 Appropriations Congress is working against the clock to pass a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending bill before the Continuing Resolution (CR) ends on December 8. The final push will not be...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup – 11/6/2017

Child Health Initiative Launches Declaration of Every Child’s Right to Safe & Healthy Streets Road traffic injuries are the leading global cause of deaths for adolescents and 300 million children are regularly exposed to dangerously toxic levels of air pollution. Recognizing these grave dangers, the Declaration of Every Child’s Right to Safe...Read More »

2017 Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS 17) Social Media Toolkit

December 8, 2017 FHI 360 Conference Center 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor Washington, DC, 20009 United States @GlobalHealthOrg  #GHLS17 About: Global Health Council (GHC)’s Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS17) is a one-day conference that will convene policy and program leads from global health organizations across multiple sectors. GHLS17 will encourage the asking and answering of difficult...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup - 10/23/2017

WHO Requests Feedback on the WHO Director-General Election Process In an ongoing effort to be more transparent, WHO has invited non-state actors to solicit feedback on the election process for the new Director-General through a confidential web-based public survey hosted on a secure WHO platform. The organization aspires to utilize the findings...Read More »


Washington, DC (October 13, 2017) – On October 10, Global Health Council (GHC) applauded U.S. Representatives David Reichert (R-WA), Betty McCollum (D-MN),Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Daniel Donovan (R-NY), who reintroduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R. 4022) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation aims to accelerate...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup - 10/10/2017

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms World Health Organization (WHO)’s Senior Leadership Team On October 3, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros confirmed a select group that will guide the organization towards achieving a healthier world for all. The team includes highly-qualified individuals who care about issues such as universal health coverage, mental health,...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup - 9/25/2017

Global Health Security is Essential to Ensuring U.S. National Security The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advancements in global health security are our country’s best defense against health threats, whether naturally occurring or man-made. In a forthcoming special supplement in CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal, the first ever supplement for this...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup - 9/11/2017

Johnson & Johnson (J&J)  Introduces New GenH Challenge The GenH Challenge is a social venture prize competition designed to incentivize early-stage, human-centered health solutions from entrepreneurs, innovators, and individuals working on the front lines of care worldwide. With prizes up to $250,000 USD, the GenH Challenge seeks to combine the creativity of entrepreneurs...Read More »


PRB Builds Capacity for Youth Family Planning Advocates Youth are a priority in efforts to expand access to and use of family planning (FP) in developing countries. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) recently launched Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA), a three-year project in partnership with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning...Read More »

U.S. Senate Introduces Legislation Aimed to Save Lives of Women and Children Around the World

Washington, DC (August 3, 2017) – Yesterday, Global Health Council (GHC) applauded U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) who led a bipartisan group of 10 Senators to reintroduce the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S.1730). This bipartisan legislation aims to accelerate the reduction of preventable child,...Read More »

Tips for Tedros from Civil Society

In July, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus began his tenure as the new Director General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to taking office, Global Health Council (GHC) and partners hosted a World Health Assembly (WHA70) side-event, “Priorities for the Next WHO Director General” to discuss which items the...Read More »


Join GHC at the Global Health Security Roundtable and Faith and Global Health Caucus GHC is relaunching its Global Health Security Roundtable, which will be meeting today, July 10, at 3 pm EDT in Washington, DC. Read more about the Roundtable and learn how to join the listserv. A small group of members is relaunching the Faith and...Read More »

Fighting Big Diseases with Little Computers

This guest post was written by Jordan Coriza , Media Relations Manager and Content Editor, Management Sciences for Health (MSH). It was originally published on MSH’s website. Photo Credit: Fabrice Duhal   HOW HEALTH WORKERS USE TECHNOLOGY TO COMBAT ILLNESS Treatments for diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and HIV are lengthy and complex. Medications need to...Read More »

Working with Employers in India to Fight the Diabetes Epidemic

This guest post has been provided by GHC-member Arogya World. Arogya World is an award-winning global health non-profit working to address noncommunicable diseases by promoting healthy living. A Group Photo of Arogya World’s Platinum Winners Vijay Sharma* was walking to his car from work one day when he started to experience shortness...Read More »


GHC Participates in Delegation to CDC Last week, Global Health Council (GHC) co-led a small delegation of 15 members and partners to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the course of two days, delegates met with CDC leadership, participated in discussions with division directors, and toured the...Read More »


GHC’s Collective Voice Converges in Geneva for WHA70  Last week the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70) concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. It was a whirlwind WHA with a WHO Director-General election, and several agenda items – from Health Systems to Communicable Diseases – addressed. Global Health Council (GHC) sent a robust delegation...Read More »

Gutting Global Health Programs Serves No One

Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) — Today the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that contains a 26 percent decrease in global health funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State, as well as the elimination of development assistance. In addition, cuts were recommended...Read More »


Global Health and the Future Role of the United States Report Released The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics is releasing a report today on Global Health and the Future Role of the United States. In the report, the project committee makes the case for global health in light of...Read More »


This guest post has been provided by GHC-member Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Infectious disease threats – whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental – pose grave risks to human life, the global economy, and political stability. In our increasingly interconnected world, biological crises – from the 2001 anthrax attacks to the 2014...Read More »


GHC Reflects on its Own First 100 Days In global health, we know benchmarks matter. They’re the difference between whether a child reaches his or her 5th birthday or dies of a vaccine-preventable illness. They signal how a health system would respond to the next pandemic or humanitarian crisis. What gets...Read More »

Home by Home: Liliane’s Tireless Fight Against Malaria

This guest post has been provided by GHC member Jhpiego. It originally appeared as a photo essay on Jhpiego’s medium blog.  Photo credit is Jhpiego/Karen Kasmauski Olivia Mboli, a single mom of five children, works on a palm oil plantation in west Cameroon, earning $32 to $42 per month. “It’s difficult to meet...Read More »

If not now, then when? Women Leading Bravely in Global Health

This guest post has been provided by GlobeMed. It was originally published on the organization’s website. Contributors: Roopa Dhatt, Alyssa Smaldino, Paurvi Bhatt, Bonnie Koenig Did you know that 80% of students in global health are women, but less than 25% go on to lead global health efforts? Evidence suggests women in...Read More »


GHC at CUGH and GlobeMed Early this month, GHC President and Executive Director Loyce Pace participated in two key events that engaged university-based stakeholders. At the GlobeMed Summit in Chicago, Loyce led a workshop on the power of storytelling for advocacy. GlobeMed students and alumni members offered insightful takeaways about online...Read More »

GHC NEWS FLASH: Global Health Roundup 4/3/2017

GHC and the Global Health Community Huddle to Prepare for the World Health Assembly The upcoming Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70) (May 22-31) in Geneva, Switzerland will convene WHO member states in order to set global health priorities for the coming year. Notable topics on the agenda include the election of...Read More »


Global Financing Facility Webinar Series Starts March 21 GHC and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) will host the first webinar in a three-part series on March 21 at 10:00 AM EDT to discuss feedback received on the draft Global Financing Facility (GFF) Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The strategy,...Read More »

TFGH17: Finding Connections And Solutions For The Changing Face Of Global Health

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On March 1, 2017, Global Health Council (GHC), in partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, hosted the fourth annual The Future of Global Health Unconference (TFGH17) at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC. This year, TFGH17 drew its largest gathering yet – more than 400 emerging and established...Read More »


TFGH17 Draws A Packed House Last Wednesday, more than 400 global health professionals came together at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC, for an evening abound with excitement, informative exchanges, new connections, and a rich profusion of thought-provoking discussions. Co-hosted by GHC and Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II), the fourth annual The Future of...Read More »


On February 15, 2017, GHC launched the Global Health Briefing Book on Capitol Hill.  Global Health Works: Maximizing U.S. Investments for Healthier and Stronger Communities is an online resource for members of U.S. Congress and their staff. This biennial publication provides a comprehensive set of statistics and impact stories illustrating how the...Read More »

Global Health Works: Social Media Toolkit

About Global Health Council, in collaboration with the global health advocacy community, provides the Global Health Briefing Book as a resource to document how U.S. investments have made a difference in people’s lives around the world. These briefs represent the work of a wide group of global health experts. The Global...Read More »

Global Health Council Launches Global Health Briefing Book for U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Global Health Council (GHC) will release its publication Global Health Works: Maximizing U.S. Investments for Healthier and Stronger Communities today at a launch event on Capitol Hill. This biennial publication provides a comprehensive set of statistics and impact stories illustrating how the United States has...Read More »


Changing Face of Global Health the Central Issue at Washington, DC’s Most Innovative Unconference WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Global Health Council (GHC) and the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II announced today that registration is open for the much-anticipated The Future of Global Health 2017 (#TFGH17) unconference. In a time...Read More »


Highlights from the 140th WHO Executive Board Session GHC hosted a delegation of its members representing multiple sectors and priorities to the recent WHO Executive Board (EB) session (January 23 – February 1). GHC delegates tracked the discussion of key agenda items ranging from global health security and polio to R&D and...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 1/23/2017

New Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness Innovations The celebrated news of an effective Ebola vaccine came a little too late for the 11,000 people who succumbed to the Ebola virus between 2014 to 2016. The epidemic that overwhelmed local and international capacity to contain it, has helped fuel an important debate on...Read More »

Certification of the 2016 Global Health Council Board of Directors Ratification

Certification of the 2016 Global Health Council Board of Directors Ratification For the ratification of candidates for the Global Health Council’s Board of Directors: The published response deadline was December 23, 2016. At the close of the ratification, 42 ballots were received. All 42 ballots were received electronically via Google Forms. There...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 1/9/2017

. Major Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial Concludes The global health community wrapped up an eventful year with the conclusion of a major clinical trial which evaluated the effectiveness of a new Ebola vaccine on 6,000 subjects in Guinea. The one-year trial was led by the WHO, Guinea’s Ministry of Health, Médecins Sans Frontières,...Read More »


United Nations Swears in New Secretary General António Guterres took oath of office as the ninth Secretary General to the United Nations on December 12. The former Portuguese politician and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015) pledged to reposition development at the center of the organization’s work and ensure that the UN...Read More »


World AIDS Day 2016 Each year on December 1,  World AIDS Day is commemorated to honor the millions of people who have lost their lives to the AIDS pandemic, and to acknowledge and invigorate our global commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Through the collective efforts of civil society, multilateral organizations, governments, and...Read More »


World Antibiotic Awareness Week The World Health Organization (WHO) ran a week-long campaign between November 14 – 20 to raise awareness on global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices to avoid further emergence and spread. At an event hosted at the United Nations in New York, speakers addressed the challenges of antibiotic resistance and the...Read More »


WHO Director-General Election Update In September, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a shortlist of six nominees for the position of WHO Director-General. On November 3, five of the six candidates sat down at Chatham House in London, UK for a public Q&A session. They were tasked by the live audience and participants...Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: Lilly Announces Ambitious New Commitment To Expand Global Access To Health Care

This guest post was provided by GHC Member, Eli Lilly and Company Company-wide goal established to provide improved access to quality health care for 30 million people in resource-limited settings by 2030   Lilly Global Health Partnership launched with new five-year, $90 million investment to address gaps in care for diabetes, cancer and tuberculosis INDIANAPOLIS,...Read More »


WHO Releases New Report on Tuberculosis, Highlights Inequalities New data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 2016 Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report shows that countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat TB if they are to meet global targets. The report highlights the considerable inequalities among countries in enabling people...Read More »

The WORLD's FIRST Surgery Live Stream from MONGOLIA

This guest post was provided by GHC Member, The University of Utah On September 27, Dr. Raymond Price, from the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery, and Dr. Sandag Erdene, from the Mongolian National University of Medical Science (MNUMS), performed a laparoscopic surgery broadcast live in 360-degree/virtual reality from Töv...Read More »

Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in Global Health

Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in Global Health were the focus of events organized on the 14th of October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute and Women in Global Health, with the patronage of Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)....Read More »


Loyce Pace brings a strong advocacy voice to influential group Alexandria, VA (October 19, 2016) — Global Health Council (GHC), announced today that it has named Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, as the organization’s new...Read More »


USAID & Partners Announce $6 Billion to Fight NTDs Last week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new partnerships to help countries eliminate and control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Over the next five years, new and expanded partnerships will provide 1.3 billion treatments, leverage $6 billion in donated drugs, and prevent...Read More »


Donors Pledge Full Support to the Global Fund Last week, the  Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria partners and donors convened in Montreal, Canada for the 5th Replenishment Conference hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The event drew an extraordinary demonstration of commitment with many new partners pledging for the...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 9/9/16

U.S. Government Announces Global Fund Pledge Last week, the U.S. government pledged up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In  a statement  made by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, the government pledged to match $1 for every $2 made by other donors, and...Read More »


Massive Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Democratic Republic of the Congo The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa occurred in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo last week. The campaign follows an ongoing yellow fever outbreak that has resulted in 952  confirmed cases and 119 deaths from confirmed cases since...Read More »


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE GLOBAL FINANCING FACILITY CIVIL SOCIETY INVESTORS GROUP REPRESENTATIVES Background  The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has been tasked with facilitating the selection process for the Global Financing Facility Civil Society Investors Group Representatives. The Global Financing Facility Investors Group brings together partners and stakeholders to mobilize...Read More »


CSIS Examines Polio Eradication in India and Public-Private Partnerships in Zambia GHC member the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center recently led two separate delegations to India and Zambia to look at key health challenges facing the two nations. The first delegation, consisting of Congressional staff, examined...Read More »


REPORT: Global Goals, Local Action  PATH and Women Deliver released a report, Global Goals, Local Action: Advancing homegrown solutions for girls and women through regional advocacy caucuses. This report highlights the exciting advocacy outcomes from eight regional advocacy caucuses held at the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in May in Copenhagen, Denmark. The...Read More »


Candida auris  The CDC has received reports from international healthcare facilities that Candida auris, an emerging multidrug-resistant (MDR) yeast, is causing invasive infections with high mortality. C. auris has now been reported in nine countries on four continents. CDC is concerned that it will emerge in new locations, including the U.S....Read More »


Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally On June 16, the National Academy of Medicine published Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally. The paper argues that investing in young children globally is a primary means of achieving sustainable human, social, and economic development, all of which...Read More »


Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility In May, the World Bank Group launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) which is designed to quickly provide the financing to respond to global health outbreaks before they escalate to crisis proportions. the PEF will specifically help countries eligible for financing from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s...Read More »


High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth The World Health Organization (WHO) High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth will host an open consultation with all key stakeholders on May 27. Hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, the consultation will provide an opportunity to provide input...Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: TFGH16: Facilitating Connections and Solutions toward a More Equitable Future of Global Health

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On April 14, 2016, Global Health Council (GHC), in partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, hosted the third annual The Future of Global Health Unconference (TFGH16) at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC. TFGH16 featured more than 350 new and established professionals...Read More »


Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently introduced their new evidence brief, WHO Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes. The brief is intended for policymakers, program managers, educators, and healthcare providers and summarizes the recommended practices to improve the quality...Read More »

Combating Zika and Future Threats - A Grand Challenge for Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invites global problem solvers to answer the call for groundbreaking ideas to enhance our ability to respond to the current Zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow. The Combating Zika and Future...Read More »

Press Release: Strengthening health resilience in South East Asia through advancing vaccination coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE London, 27 April 2016: In light of the upcoming World Immunization Week, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) Asia Summit 2016 focuses on strengthening health resilience in South East Asia through innovation and collaboration to support disease prevention programmes and vaccination coverage. According to World Health Organization, vaccine-preventable diseases are responsible...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 4/15/16

IAS Educational Fund The International AIDS Society (IAS) is proud to announce the launch of the IAS Educational Fund, a mechanism aimed to provide and invest in educational opportunities that support the frontline HIV workforce. The new scholarships will enable individuals to attend AIDS 2016, and are available to HIV clinicians, service providers, and advocates. Apply between April...Read More »

Zika Emergency Funding

Last week, the White House requested that unobligated Ebola funding be reprogrammed to combat the Zika virus. The President had previously requested $1.9 billion emergency funding, but the request had stalled as Republican appropriators pushed for the use of unobligated funds. It is unclear which accounts the funding will come...Read More »


Global Health Frontiers The public television documentary series Global Health Frontiers recently made its debut on WORLD Channel as a four-part news magazine. Each one-hour episode will take viewers to the critical front lines of global health challenges. Check your local listings for air dates or preview the series segments. Zika Action Plan Summit The Centers for Disease...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 3/18/16

Zika Call to Action Insight Health, GOAL and IRC recently released a Zika Call to Action — The Importance of Social and Behavioural Change Response in the Zika Outbreak: Lessons Learned from Ebola. This document will be used as a platform for further advocacy among Ministries of Health, donors, and INGOs in...Read More »

Water Failures Are Putting the World’s Health at Risk

This op-ed was cross-posted from TIME Magazine, and written by Dr. Christine Sow, President and Executive Director of GHC, and Susan Barnett, Founder of Faiths for Safe Water A man wades through a garbage filled water canal in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Feb. 28, 2016. Scientists believe cholera was introduced to the country’s...Read More »

Call for Abstracts/Cases - Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2017

The Call for Abstracts/Cases for the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2017 closes March 28, 2016. at 4:00 pm Thailand Local time (GMT+7).  Abstracts/Cases must be submitted electronically at the conference website The Brochure of the Call for Abstracts/Cases can be obtained here. Should you have any inquiries regarding the Call for Abstracts/Cases,...Read More »

New website dedicated to the global health, development and humanitarian sector

Faith for International Assistance (FIA) recently launched its new website dedicated to the global health, development and humanitarian sector:! FIA hopes the information generated by them and others, gathered here in one place, will be an on-going and valuable resource for all. FIA seeks to strengthen U.S. public support and funding...Read More »

GHC News Flash - Global Health Roundup 3/4/16

Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors In February, WHO met to discuss the Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). This framework will be proposed for adoption at the upcoming WHA, following additional discussions that will take place in late April. If passed, the framework would set strict new rules and processes for WHO to abide...Read More »

Propose questions for UN General Assembly dialogues with UN Secretary-General candidates

“Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesperson for the interests of the world’s peoples.“ The position of Secretary-General is one of great importance that requires the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, and a firm commitment...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 2/19/16

Every Woman Every Child Final Report  The workshop on Civil Society Engagement in support of Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) was held on January 14 in Washington, DC and brought together a wide range of EWEC stakeholders to begin to define a common frame of action for civil society engagement. A final report was produced from...Read More »

CDC Released New and Updated Interim Zika Guidelines

CDC has issued  “Interim Guidelines for Preventing Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus” and “Updated Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure.” Access the Guidelines Here: “Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States,...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 2/5/2016

World Malaria Day World Malaria Day is April 25 and for this occasion, the ACT Consortium is releasing toolkits for malaria endemic regions. Twenty-five studies were conducted in ten countries to provide essential information  for populations affected by malaria. The toolkits will include information on rapid diagnostic tests, safety of ACTs in people living with HIV, and...Read More »

Certification of the 2015 Global Health Council Board of Directors Ratification

Certification of the 2015 Global Health Council Board of Directors Ratification For the ratification of candidates for the Global Health Council’s Board of Directors: The published response deadline was January 15, 2016. At the close of the ratification, 37 ballots were received. All 37 ballots were received electronically via SurveyMonkey. There were...Read More »

Recap: Reaching the Last 25 Percent

Recap: Reaching the Last 25 Percent Saving the lives of women and newborns through a life cycle approach This event examined how governments, civil society, and the private sector in low and middle income countries are looking at NCDs with a focus on gestational diabetes to address maternal mortality and morbidity through...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 1/22/16

Global Health Mini-University The 2016 Global Health Mini-University (Mini-U) will take place on March 4 in Washington, DC. Mini-U is an annual day-long learning forum for Global Health professionals and students. The conference agenda contains a variety of innovative sessions highlighting evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information. Register online. Report by the Commission on Global Health The...Read More »

Helping Babies Survive

This success story was provided by GHC member, American Academy of Pediatrics Helping Babies Survive (HBS) is a suite of three educational training programs – Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) and Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) – designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to...Read More »

Global Health Risk Framework: The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises

Cross-posted from the National Academy of Medicine ARCHIVED VIDEO — Report Release Event, January 13, 2016 The Ebola crisis in West Africa was both a tragedy and a wakeup call, revealing dangerous deficiencies across global systems to prevent, prepare, and respond to infectious disease crises. To address these shortcomings and inform a more...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 01/11/16

Policy Paper: At the Midpoint of the Decade of Vaccines In November 2015, GHC member PATH published a Policy Paper: At the Midpoint of the Decade of Vaccines, as a result of the world being off track in meeting the Global Vaccine Action Plan goals. In the report, PATH lays out recommendations for...Read More »

Takeaways from the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Learning Event Debrief Webinar

On Tuesday, December 15, GHC hosted a webinar debriefing session on the most recent Global Financing Facility Learning Event and Civil Society (CS) pre-meeting around Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), which occurred in November 14-16 in Nairobi, Kenya. The speakers were Monique Vledder from the World Bank GFF...Read More »


The First Meeting of the Investors Group (IG) of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) took place on September 28, 2015 in New York. Read the the full meeting minutes. ...Read More »

Report from Civil Society Pre-Meeting to the GFF Learning Meeting

A civil society pre-meeting to the Global Financing Facility Learning Meeting took place on November 14 in Nairobi, Kenya.  A short meeting report which outlines the key findings of the meeting was produced. In addition to summarizing civil society experiences in engaging with the GFF in front runner countries, the report...Read More »

2015 Global Health Landscape Symposium Image Gallery

The 2015 Global Health Landscape Symposium, Achieving Universality in Global Health: An Imperative for Change, was held on November 19 in Washington, DCGlobal Health Council held its second annual Global Health Landscape Symposium on November 19, 2105 in Washington, DC titled: Achieving Universality in Global Health: An Imperative for Change. Deliberately crafted to follow the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, the Symposium provided a high-level forum for exploration, debate and creative...Read More »

Civil Society Organizations Propose GFF Minimum Standards

At a learning session on the Global Financing Facility (GFF), civil society organizations engaged in the GFF process proposed minimum standards for GFF country platforms to ensure participation, transparency and accountability. These minimum standards expand on existing GFF principles of inclusiveness and transparency, and adding principles of independence and accountability....Read More »


Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows Application Deadline Extended The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Office of Academic Exchange Programs (ECA) of the Department of State plan to increase the number of Fulbright-Fogarty fellows (US graduate students) to ten in the 2016-17 Class based on the quality of...Read More »


New USAID Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Report Published The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and partners recently released the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Mid-Initiative Report at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City. The report demonstrates a nearly 50 percent reduction in maternal deaths in target facilities in Uganda...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 10/9/15

OGP Declaration on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Open Government Partnership (OGP) invites civil society organizations to endorse the OGP Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The declaration recognizes the importance of transparency, accountability and citizen engagement for successful implementation of...Read More »


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank Group, World Health Organization launch collaboration to strengthen primary health care, advance progress toward Sustainable Development Goals NEW YORK, 26 September 2015 – Underscoring the urgent need to transform how essential health care is delivered in low- and middle-income countries, the Bill & Melinda...Read More »

STATEMENT: By National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on New PEPFAR Targets

THE WHITE HOUSE — Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 26, 2015 We are at a pivotal moment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Globally, both new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths are down by more than 40 percent since their peak. This Administration has invested nearly $50 billion through...Read More »

PRESS RELEASE | Water, sanitation and hygiene essential to frontline healthcare: WaterAid and Global Health Council

For immediate release – 26 Sept 2015 The President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and HRH Princess Sarah Zeid have spoken out in favor of stronger focus on water, sanitation and hygiene on the front lines of healthcare in New York today at an event hosted by the international development agency...Read More »

News Release | Universal health coverage programs that cover one-third of the world are transforming care for the poorest and most vulnerable: new World Bank Group report

Over past decade, expanding pro-poor coverage in countries paving way toward better health outcomes and less inequality New York City, September 25, 2015 – A World Bank Group report released today during the United Nations General Assembly shows that more countries around the world are rolling out universal health coverage programs...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 9/11/2015

New Report: Measuring Global Health R&D for the Post-2015 Development Agenda The Council on Health Research for Development, Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics, Global Health Technologies Coalition, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Medicines for Malaria Venture, PATH, and TB Alliance released a new report, “Measuring global health R&D for the post-2015 development agenda.” The...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 8/28/15

Latest Acting on the Call Report USAID released the latest version of its, “Acting on the Call: Ending preventable child and maternal deaths” report, which reveals that U.S. assistance has saved 2.4 million children’s lives and 200,000 mothers’ lives in the 24 priority countries since 2008. The report also features country one-pagers on...Read More »

GHC News Flash: Global Health Roundup 8/14/15

Final Draft of 2030 Action Agenda for Sustainable Development In early August, 193 governments agreed to text defining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be adopted at the UN summit in New York City in late September. Read the final draft of the 2030 Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. SRMNCAH: Detailed Update by Family...Read More »

Acting on the Call 2015

Acting on the Call  Cross-posted from USAID: Acting on the Call Last year, USAID unveiled a roadmap outlining how it plans to support 24 high-priority countries to make sure that children live to celebrate their fifth birthdays and that their mothers live to see them grow. USAID has just released a new...Read More »

UN Member States and the post-2015 development agenda

UN Member States came to consensus on the post-2015 development agenda. The final version is posted here. The outcome document entitled, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, is made up of five parts: The Preamble Chapter 1: The Declaration Chapter 2: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Chapter 3: Means of implementation...Read More »

Healthcare Innovation Award 2015

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WBG Press Release: Global Financing Facility Launched with Billions Already Mobilized to End Maternal and Child Mortality by 2030

Global Financing Facility Launched with Billions Already Mobilized to End Maternal and Child Mortality by 2030  (Summary) On July 13, the World Bank Group, the United Nations and the governments of Canada, Norway and the United States launched the Global Financing Facility (GFF), a new financing mechanism to invest in women’s,...Read More »

SIXTH Birthday and Beyond!

Just last summer an unprecedented event took place on Capitol Hill: Leadership from corporations, NGOs, faith & civic groups, foundations & government, bipartisan members of Congress, and even the Queen of Sweden, gathered to celebrate the unprecedented gains in child survival and health over the past 25 years, and the U.S....Read More »

New Issue Brief Examines Corruption and Global Health

New Issue Brief Examines Corruption and Global Health A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores what’s known and understood about how corruption overseas affects U.S. global health programs, including the challenges in measuring and quantifying the problem. The brief summarizes a roundtable discussion of experts convened by the Foundation. Key themes of...Read More »

GHC Members Respond to Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, 2015 a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring over 8,000 people, with the number of individuals dead and injured rising daily. The epicenter of the earthquake was near Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, and has affected communities in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, affecting more...Read More »

2015 GHC-GBCHealth: Business Action on Health Awards

2015 GHC-GBCHealth: Business Action on Health Awards Global Health Council (GHC) and GBCHealth are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2015 GHC-GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards. These awards highlight the important and innovative contributions of the corporate sector to improving global health outcomes. Among the most coveted honors...Read More »

Remix your Role in Tackling Social Problems

Remix your Role in Tackling Social Problems Justin Bakule, Executive Director, Shared Value Initiative Let’s be honest—the business-in-society space is filled with events big and small. Professionals working in global health, sustainability, CSR, and related fields could hopscotch to a different conference every week. So why choose the 2015 Shared Value Leadership...Read More »

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Civil Society Alternate Representative to the Gavi Alliance Board—term beginning 1 July, 2015

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership launched in 2000. It comprises partners including UNICEF, WHO, the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, developing country governments, donor country governments, the vaccine industry, civil society groups, and research and technical health institutes. Gavi partners are represented on the Alliance’s Board, the...Read More »

WHO Director-General Establishes High-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

In an effort to better inform and fashion a comprehensive response to childhood obesity the WHO Director-General established a high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which comprises 15 accomplished and eminent individuals from a variety of relevant backgrounds. The aim of the Commission is to raise awareness and build momentum...Read More »

FY2016 Proposed Budget Released by White House

On February 2, President Obama sent his proposed budget for FY2016 to Congress. The proposed budget includes about $9.7 billion for the Global Health Programs account at USAID and the State Department (this is total known funding; some additional funding at USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of...Read More »

Call for Abstracts: Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2016

Call for Abstracts for the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2016: Priority Setting for Universal Health Coverage Details for the Call for Abstracts can be found here. Please assist in disseminating this announcement among your relevant networks. Abstracts must be submitted electronically at the conference website  The closing date for abstract submission is...Read More »

USAID: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality Report

USAID released Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action Evidence for Strategic Approaches. Read more here.   ...Read More »


The 114th Congress convened earlier this month and with it comes new committee assignments. With the Republicans now in the majority in the Senate, most of the shake up will be in that chamber. Notable changes include: Senate Appropriations: Thad Cochran (R-MS) will be the Chairman and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will...Read More »

Gates Foundation: ONE BIG BET

On Thursday, January 22, Bill and Melinda Gates released their Annual Letter. ...Read More »

Scaling Advocacy Where it is Needed Most: Reflections on 2014 and Aspirations for 2015 and Beyond

This guest blog was written by Kristy Kade, Country Advocacy Director at PATH. The end of the year is a natural time to reflect on the past and aspirations for the year ahead.  The global health community achieved tremendous success in 2014.  The latest report on malaria showed that a decade-plus decline...Read More »

Final GFF Consultation Report

This blog was cross-posted from Dr. Andres de Francisco, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). The Global Financing Facility (GFF) consultation process was convened by the PMNCH to gather views about the GFF following the World Bank’s request to the PMNCH in October. The consultation was...Read More »

December 2014: New Board of Directors Elected

Certification of the 2014 Global Health Council Board of Directors Ratification For the ratification of candidates for the Global Health Council’s Board of Directors: The published response deadline was December 12, 2014. At the close of the ratification, 47 ballots were received. All 47 ballots were received electronically via SurveyMonkey. There were...Read More »

GHC's inaugural Global Health Leadership Series Symposium

GHC hosted its first ever Global Health Leadership Series Symposium entitled, “The Future of Global Health: Defining the Multi-Sector Landscape” on Dec. 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. The event was widely attended by a diverse audience, including nonprofit and business leaders. Check out some photos of the event...Read More »

Update: “Cromnibus” for FY15 Passed by Congress

Late last week Congress passed a $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” (so called because a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the Department of Homeland Security was combined with an omnibus made up of the remaining 11 appropriations bills) to fund the U.S. government through the end of FY2015. In addition to including...Read More »

New Report Examines NGO Engagement in U.S. Global Health Efforts

A new Kaiser Family Foundation report finds 135 different U.S.-based non-government organizations (NGOs) received U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funding in 2013 to implement U.S. global health programs on the ground. The report aims to shed light on the extent of the role of NGOs in carrying out U.S....Read More »

Landmark United Nations General Assembly Resolution Calls for the Protection of Health Workers from Violence

This blog was cross-posted from Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. New York, U.S.A – December 15, 2014 – A resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly recognizes for the first time the severity of attacks on health workers, facilities, and patients in all circumstances, and demands respect by States...Read More »

Shaping the U.S. Global Health Policy Agenda: Key Considerations for the Future

U.S. Global Health Funding, FY 2001-FY 2015This blog was cross-posted from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, by Jennifer Kates and Josh Michaud. As we enter the last two years of President Obama’s final term, with a newly reshaped Congress after the mid-term elections, what is in store for U.S. global health policy? What are...Read More »

Leading Global Health Partnership Initiatives Recognized by the Business Action on Health Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DECEMBER 9, 2014 Media contact: Caitlin Holbrook, 716.225.0502, Leading Global Health Partnership Initiatives Recognized by the Business Action on Health Awards Inaugural Global Health Council Symposium Features Innovative, Multi-Sector Approaches to Global Health Challenges Washington, DC – On December 10, the global health community will honor...Read More »

Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Spread of Ebola

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The Health in Post-2015 Coalition’s response to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis report on post-2015

As a coalition of advocates from health-related non-governmental organizations, engaged in the post-2015 development agenda process, we wish to highlight the following in our response to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis report on post-2015, “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet”: 1) The...Read More »

Press Release: Ebola - New World Bank Group Report

This press release was cross-posted from the World Bank. Ebola: New World Bank Group Report Shows Growth Shrinking, Economic Impact Worsening in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone WASHINGTON, December 2, 2014 – The Ebola epidemic continues to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and is projected to result...Read More »

AbbVie adds children's AIDS drugs to shared patent pool

A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermidLONDON (Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has added two HIV medicines for children to a shared patent pool in an initiative that should speed the development of cheap new pediatric formulations for use in poor countries. It is the latest win for the non-profit Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), which aims to...Read More »

Press Release: World AIDS Day 2014 - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Johanna Harvey: or +1 (202) 280-1657 World AIDS Day 2014: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Celebrates Accelerated Progress in Effort to End AIDS in Children Washington, D.C.—Dec. 1, 2014— On World AIDS Day (Dec.1) 2014, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) celebrates new worldwide commitments...Read More »


Bill Will Help Provide Access to Clean Drinking Water without Spending New Money or Creating New Bureaucracy WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation to dramatically improve access to clean water and sanitation around the...Read More »

The U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Outbreak

This post was originally posted through the International Health Issues for U.S. Department of State. Testimony Heather Higginbottom Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Statement Before The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Washington, DC Chairwoman Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby, and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the...Read More »

Policy Update

Markup: H.R. 2901, H.R. 5206, and H.R. 5685 2172 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Nov 19, 2014 10:00am to 1:00pm Bill Markups H.R. 2901, Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013 [ H.R. 2901, Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013 ] H.R. 2901, To strengthen implementation of the Senator...Read More »

Needed: U.S. Quarantine Policy Based on Facts Not Fear

This op-ed was originally found on Roll Call by Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director, Global Health Council The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, announced last week that people who have traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea in the past 21 days, regardless of any known exposure to anyone infected with...Read More »

Universal Health Coverage Day: 12.12.14

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White House Requests Emergency Funding for Ebola Epidemic

On November 5, the White House sent a request to Congress for $6.18 billion in emergency funding to aid in the Ebola response. According to Politico, about $4.64 billion will be available to meet immediate needs and the rest would be held in a contingency fund. The funding would include $2.43...Read More »

Press Release: Friends of Africa - Women & Girls Summit

Reinforcing the Agenda for Girl Child Education & Development in Nigeria at the  first –ever Women & Girls Summit “…there is no meaningful development without women; individuals and corporate organizations in Nigeria must continue to support and partner with women to realize the goals and objectives of the summit” This statement by Dame...Read More »

FP2020 Annual Progress Report Launched

“Family planning is about hope. It is about health, for oneself and one’s children. And it is a fundamental human right.” —FP2020 2013–2014 Progress Report Two years after the London Summit on Family Planning, funding for family planning programs and the number of women and girls using modern contraception has increased...Read More »

Global Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC

Dr. Christine Sow participated in the Global Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC, held in Atlanta on October 22. Dr. Sow joined global health experts from academic institutions, other government agencies and U.S. public health departments among others, to hear from CDC leadership on progress...Read More »

Ebola Outbreak: Congressional Update

Although Congress is in recess until after the mid-term elections, two hearings were held on the Ebola outbreak with a focus primarily on recent diagnosis of the first Ebola cases in the U.S. The House Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing in Dallas on the importance of coordinating...Read More »

Global Health Engagement: Sharpening a Key Tool for the Department of Defense

New CSIS Report:  Global Health Engagement: Sharpening a Key Tool for the Department of Defense President Obama recently announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) would deploy 3,000 troops to lead a major expansion of the U.S. response to Ebola. This campaign will amplify efforts that already include the largest international response by...Read More »


For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 15, 2014 USAID Press Office Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: | Twitter: @USAIDPress WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced Katie Taylor as interim Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator, focused on the goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths. For half a century USAID has been...Read More »

The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources

The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of...Read More »

PATH's Vaccine Resource Library

Announcement: PATH reintroduces it’s Vaccine Resource Library   PATH’s Vaccine Resource Library (VRL) features an extensive online database of high-quality, scientifically accurate materials on specific diseases, vaccines, and topics in immunization addressed by PATH’s work. This user-friendly, database-driven site grew out of PATH’s seminal Children’s Vaccine Program (which started in 1998), and evolved...Read More »

Request for Proposals: A Systems Biology Approach to Pregnancy and Prematurity

The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) is now accepting letters of inquiry for a new round of grants as part of its Preventing Preterm Birth initiative (PPB). GAPPS seeks projects that discover and characterize longitudinal changes associated with normal and abnormal pregnancy and develop biomarkers to identify at-risk pregnancies...Read More »

53rd PAHO Directing Council concludes agenda, with “historic” agreement on universal health coverage

This post was was originally found on Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  Washington, D.C., 3 October 2014 (PAHO/WHO) — The 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) ended today, following a week of discussions and decisions about major public health issues in the Region of the Americas. PAHO Director...Read More »

Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero wins Roux Prize

Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero wins Roux Prize for using data to address violence as a public health crisis in Cali, Colombia Physician twice elected mayor of one of Colombia’s largest cities will receive US$100,000, the largest award for evidence-based public health achievement SEATTLE—Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist and mayor of Cali, Colombia, is...Read More »

Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million?

This post was originally found on Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation by Josh Michaud and Jennifer Kates  More than six months have passed since Ebola was first identified in West Africa, and the scale of the crisis continues to grow. Over the last few weeks cases and deaths have increased significantly in the two...Read More »

What kind of (watch) dogs are CSOs supposed to be?

This post was originally found on Action for Global Health by Emilie Peeters, EU Policy Advisor at Stop AIDS Alliance, a partner of Action for Global Health. In a week where New York has been bombarded with thousands of civil society representatives eager to participate in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, where...Read More »

GHC Board Nominations 2014

GHC Board Nominations Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. The organization is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key...Read More »

Development Partners Support the Creation of Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health

PRESS RELEASE September 25, 2014 New facility sets course to accelerate completion of the Millennium Development Goals and end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030 NEW YORK, September 25, 2014–The World Bank Group and Governments of Canada, Norway, and the United States announced today that they will jumpstart the creation of an...Read More »

New paper on the role of research and innovation for health in the post-2015 development agenda

The Global Health Technologies Coalition, the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), and PATH released a new paper making the case for why research and development (R&D) for new and improved health technologies targeting the needs of low- and middle-income countries should be...Read More »

Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems

Announcement from Ambassador John Lange, UNF: The Institute of Medicine has just released a report, Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives, recommending that more health assistance be directed to building health systems in response to the social, economic, and epidemiological changes taking place in developing countries. Such assistance...Read More »

New White House Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

cdc New White House Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Today, the White House announced a new Executive Order and National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (National Strategy) to address recommendations identified by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. As a leader in monitoring and preventing the spread of resistant...Read More »

APR 2014 Report Launched

Progress 2Report contains new data on child and newborn survival In 2000, the world made a promise to children: to reduce by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015, the rate of under-five mortality. In 2012, world leaders renewed the promise. Since the global launch of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed in...Read More »

Announcement: New Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS letter

Letter sent on behalf of Dr. Tom Kenyon, Director, Center for Global Health, CDC: It is my pleasure to welcome back Dr. Shannon Hader to CDC. Starting October 6th, Dr. Hader will serve as the new Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA) in the Center for Global Health....Read More »

CDC Publishes NEJM Ebola Article

This afternoon, Dr. Frieden and CDC leadership published an article entitled, “Ebola 2014: New Challenges, New Opportunities,” in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article summarizes CDC’s approach to stopping the West Africa outbreak and the opportunity to strengthen global health security. 3 Things to Know • Ebola virus disease is...Read More »

Open for Comments: Draft Strategy on "Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality"

Recently, the WHO’s Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Working Group released a draft paper which is designed to help set consensus and strategies for maternal and neonatal health in the post-2015 agenda. The draft paper “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality” is now online and open for discussion through the World Health...Read More »

Summary of Informal meetings on ICN2 with Non-State Actors (NSA) held in Geneva

Message from Dr. Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at WHO: We are pleased to confirm that another informal consultation on ICN2 with Non-State Actors will be held on August 25, 2014: 1.   Meeting with organizations representing the private sector with an interest in ICN2 outcomes  (9:30-12:30...Read More »

German Government to host crucial GAVI Alliance pledging event under the patronage of Chancellor Angela Merkel

NOTE: This article originally appeared on Key event to be held in Berlin on 27 January 2015 Berlin, 24 July 2014 – The German Government today announced that it will convene the GAVI Alliance replenishment pledging meeting under the patronage of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on 27th January 2015. The event will...Read More »

The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) has launched

JUNE 30, 2014 Africa: Landmark Global Action Plan Outlines Strategy to Prevent 2.9 Million Newborn Deaths, 2.6 Million Stillbirths Annually Johannesburg, South Africa — To meet 2035 newborn survival goals, more than 90 countries must accelerate progress; Of those, 29 countries must more than double current rates of progress New financial, policy and private...Read More »

Statement from Global Health Council/Family Care International to World Health Assembly, May 2014

In reference to item 14.2 Newborn health: draft action plan  The Global Health Council and Family Care International fully support the Every Newborn Action Plan. As the documents recognize, newborn mortality is declining at a much slower pace than either maternal or child mortality, globally and nationally. This gap demonstrates that...Read More »

GHC Submitted Statement at WHA on Research and Health Innovation for Health

Commitments to the Millennium Development Goals have made a major contribution to the success of global health efforts over the past decade, helping to sustain focus on some of the greatest global health challenges. The post-2015 development agenda must build on these achievements, to ensure that Healthy lives and access...Read More »

GHC Submitted Statement at WHA on Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition

Chairperson, Director General, honorable delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for the opportunity to address the 67th World Health Assembly. I speak on behalf of the Global Health Council . Two years after the adoption of the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal nutrition, infant and young child nutrition”, the first report of...Read More »

GHC Featured in International Innovation

The Global Health Council and it’s new Executive Director Christine Sow are featured in the most recent edition of the International Innovation Magazine. Click here to see the full magazine, or read below for an excerpt of Dr.Sow’s interview, found here.   What is GHC’s mission and why is GHC such...Read More »

GHC Announces GBCHealth Awards Partnership

UPDATE: Deadline Nears for Business Action on Health Award Entries Don’t miss out: the April 15 deadline for entries to the 2014 Business Action on Health Award is only a few days away. We urge companies and non-profits working with company partners to enter their award-worthy global health programs by 11:59pm...Read More »

GHC Announces 2013 Accomplishments

Check out GHC’s impressive list of accomplishments from 2013.   We’ve had a very busy year and are looking forward to an even more exciting 2014.  Keep an eye on the website for updates, events, and more! ...Read More »

PEPFAR passes Congress

Big news today, as this week both the Senate and House have passed the PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Stewardship and Oversight Act.  The Act extends the program for another five years – through 2018, supporting international aid efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  Since it’s establishment...Read More »

GHC in the News

In her first week on the job, new GHC Executive Director Dr. Christine Sow has been hard at work.  Check out the following articles and see what others have to say about her new role! CQ Magazine Politico Washington Post Chronicle of Philanthropy As well as pickups from the following media outlets: The Borgen Project, Blog, World...Read More »

Typhoon Haiyan Sparks Potential Health Crisis in the Philippines

Photo: 2013 Reuters/Erin De Castro The devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan is estimated to affect more than 4.2 million people, primarily in the Philippines. The storm, which according to some estimates was three and a half times the size of Hurricane Katrina, is creating a humanitarian and health crisis throughout the...Read More »

Anti-Prostitution Case Ruled in Favor of NGOs

This post originally appeared in InterAction’s Newsletter Dear Friends: We are thrilled to report that the Supreme Court today ruled 6-2 in InterAction’s favor in the case of USAID v. AOSI. This ruling has significant implications for the work that we do. The Court, in its decision today, affirmed a lower court’s decision...Read More »

Child Survival Call to Action Celebrates One Year Anniversary!

“In June 2012, the United States joined UNICEF and the governments of Ethiopia and India in a bold pledge to catalyze action toward ending preventable child deaths within a generation. What emerged from the Call to Action was a rejuvenated, global movement for child survival under the banner of “Committing...Read More »

Grand Challenges Canada Announces Accepting Applications

“Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, has developed the Stars in Global Health program to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact from the best and brightest talent, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to use scientific/technical, social and business innovation to address some...Read More »

Roll Back Malaria Calls for Nominations

Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership The RBM Partnership was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. It brings together malaria-endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based...Read More »

US House Appropriations Committee Cuts Foreign Assistance

“The House recently unveiled budget allocations with deep and disproportionate cuts to foreign assistance. This toolkit, created by InterAction, will help you understand what these cuts are, how they affect foreign assistance and give you some ways to speak out against them. We are deeply troubled by the House’s proposed allocations...Read More »

66th World Health Assembly Passes Resolution on United Nations Commission on Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children

This post originally appeared on Child Health Now. Earlier today representatives from countries across the world gathered at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland to pass the resolution on implementing the recommendations from the UN Commission on life-saving commodities for women and children. These recommendations represent an important step forward in...Read More »

CDC Director Tom Frieden Testifies at ‘Meeting the Challenge of Drug-Resistant Diseases in Developing Countries’

Watch the archived video, “Subcommittee Hearing: Meeting the Challenge of Drug-Resistant Diseases in Developing Countries” ...Read More »

USAID Appoints Katie Taylor as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health

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The President’s Malaria Initiative: Seventh Annual Report Released

“The past decade has seen unprecedented progress in malaria control efforts in most sub-Saharan African countries…” Read the entire report here. ...Read More »