December 2014: New Board of Directors Elected

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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 0 duplicate or invalid ballots.

The 47 valid ballots received exceeded the quorum of 10% of the January 1, 2014 voting member population of 297 organizational and individual members.

The following is the tally of responses for all candidates placed on the ballot to fill seats on the Board of Directors:

 
CANDIDATE* RATIFY REJECT ABSTAIN
Peter Donaldson 43 2 2
Karen Goraleski 43 1 3
Keith Martin 41 2 4
Ayo Ajayi 41 2 4
Rachel Wilson 39 1 7
Tracy Sims 37 4 6
Robert Marten 36 4 7
Nasserie Carew 33 6 8
*Boards terms expire December 31, 2018

Letter of Certification can be found here.

A majority of valid ballots having been cast for the candidates listed, they are hereby certified as elected.

Certified by:  Global Impact 12/17/2014

GHC’s inaugural Global Health Leadership Series Symposium

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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 here. Video footage to come.

Update: “Cromnibus” for FY15 Passed by Congress

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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 funding for global health programs at USAID, the Department of State, and CDC, the legislation also contained funding to respond to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as any future cases in the United States.

Total known funding* for global health programs is $9.1 billion for FY2015, which is $353 million (4%) above the President’s request, but is essentially flat compared to FY2014.

In the September, President Obama requested $6.2 billion in emergency funding to respond to the Ebola epidemic. The FY2015 cromnibus provides $5.4 billion in funding: $2.5 billion to USAID and the State Department, $2.8 million to the Department of Health and Human Services, and $112 million to the Department of Defense. None of this funding will be counted towards overall budget caps.

A few of the key accounts (in millions):

  FY14 FY15
Global Health Programs (USAID and State) $8,402 $8,371.5
Maternal and Child Health $705.0 $715.0
    of which Gavi $175.0 $200.0
    of which Polio $51.0 $51.5
Family Planning (all accounts) $559.0 $559.0
Nutrition $115.0 $115.0
Vulnerable Children $22.0 $22.0
Malaria $665.0 $669.5
Tuberculosis $236.0 $236.0
Neglected Tropical Diseases $100.0 $100.0
HIV/AIDS (USAID) $330.0 $330.0
PEPFAR $4,020.0 $4,275.0
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria $1,650.0 $1,350.0
UNICEF (IO&P) $132.0 $132.0

For more detailed information on global health accounts, please visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website.

* Some funding amounts are determined at the agency level and not set by Congress in the omnibus bill.

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

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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. global health programs. Ninety-one percent of the funding went to 20 NGOs.

NGOs received more than a third of the agency’s global health spending and carried out global health efforts in all major U.S. global health program areas, across 72 countries, and in multiple regions – though mainly in Africa, which had more NGOs than all other regions combined. NGO efforts related to HIV received the highest overall amount of funding and involved the largest number of NGOs, while NGO efforts related to family planning/reproductive health and maternal, newborn, and child health received the next highest amounts of funding and also involved large numbers of NGOs.

NGO Engagement in U.S. Global Health Efforts: Analysis of U.S.-Based Non-Governmental Organizations Receiving U.S. Government Support Through USAID is available on the Kaiser Family Foundation website.

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.

Contact:
Katie Smith
(202) 347-5270
ksmith@kff.org

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

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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 for provisions of medical ethics and human rights law, as well as international humanitarian law, said the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.

The resolution, with 62 co-sponsors, urges States to take immediate steps to ensure health workers in all countries are protected from violence, whether in armed conflict or in times of peace, including:

  • Respecting the integrity of medical and health personnel in carrying out their duties in line with their respective professional codes of ethics and scope of practice
  • Respecting the provisions of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the right to the highest attainable standard of health, in protecting health workers from obstruction, threats, and physical attack
  • Promoting equal access to health services
  • Developing preventive measures to enhance and promote the safety and protection of health workers, including norms for marking ambulances, training health workers and others, measures for physical protection, national legal frameworks for protection, and collection of data on attacks on obstruction, threats, and physical attacks on health workers.

“This resolution is a milestone in the protection of health workers and patients throughout the world,” said Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. “It recognizes the protection of health care as a human right everywhere, at all times, and that States must be proactive in assuring it.”

Although the UN General Assembly has previously addressed the need to protect humanitarian aid workers, this is the first time it has spoken to the problem of violence against all health workers, including those practicing locally. It comes at a time when attacks against vaccinators, doctors, nurses, community health workers, and other health providers have reached devastating heights—as witnessed most recently in Pakistan, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Turkey, Bahrain, and Guinea. In Syria alone, Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 200 deliberate attacks on medical facilities and more than 575 deaths of medical professionals since the start of the conflict.

“With this resolution, there can be no claims that norms of the international community are not clear. Attacks on health workers and health facilities are grave violations of human rights and international law and must be respected both in war and peacetime,” said Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy and Partnerships at Physicians for Human Rights and a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition.

The resolution was drafted by the Global Health and Foreign Policy Group under the leadership of Norway, chair this year, along with Brazil, France, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa, and Thailand.

Widespread under-reporting of attacks against health workers means that we are likely aware of only a fraction of abuses around the world. To combat this, the resolution reaffirms the important role the World Health Organization, United Nations, NGOs, and other actors can play in systematically collecting data on attacks against health workers and facilities, and urges Member States, in cooperation with others, to undertake this important work.

“The global health workforce deficit is impeding the world from achieving global health targets; the protection of health workers and facilities, especially in the midst of conflicts, is essential in ensuring equitable access to care,” said Laura Hoemeke, IntraHealth International’s Director of Communications and Advocacy. “When health workers don’t see their workplace as a safe haven, not only are they fearful of going there, but they also may influence young people considering careers in health to rethink their options.”

The power of this UN resolution lies in its recognition that attacks against health impede not only health service delivery in the short term, but lead to long-term chronic health workforce shortages and weakened public health systems. It is a game-changing tool advocates can now use to urge States, international bodies, and other actors to recognize the protection of health workers as a central and indispensable global health priority.

As Dr. Margaret Mungherera, former President of the Uganda Medical Association and immediate past president of the World Medical Association, asserted at a breakfast panel about the resolution, “I know it will make a difference in the strengthening of health systems so such countries are better able to cope with the huge disease burden related to conflict.”

About the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition
The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition is a group of over 30 organizations who share a commitment to the protection of health workers, services, and infrastructure from violence. Members include notable academic institutions, international and country-level NGOs with a strong focus on human rights and/or health, relief organizations, and professional associations. The secretariat is shared by the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and IntraHealth International.

Contact:

Laura Hoemeke
Director, Communications & Advocacy
IntraHealth International
(919) 433-5720
lhoemeke@intrahealth.org

Vesna Jaksic Lowe
Deputy Director of Communications
Physicians for Human Rights
(917) 679-0110
vjaksiclowe@phrusa.org

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