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Winter/Spring 2015 GHC Intern Position Available

As the shared voice of the global health community, Global Health Council (GHC) facilitates critical discussion around global health priorities and advocates for improved investments and policies to advance the global health agenda. GHC actively supports its members to work toward equitable, inclusive and sustainable solutions to global health challenges....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....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...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...Read More »


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

This 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? ...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, caitlin@dalecurtiscommunications.com

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 several...Read More »


Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Spread of Ebola

Global Health Council Statement Supporting Ebola Emergency Appropriations Request

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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...Read More »


AbbVie adds children's AIDS drugs to shared patent pool

LONDON (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: jharvey@pedaids.org 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...Read More »


DURBIN, CORKER INTRODUCE WATER FOR THE WORLD ACT OF 2014

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...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 ]

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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...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...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...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...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...Read More »


USAID ANNOUNCES CHILD AND MATERNAL SURVIVAL COORDINATOR

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov | 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...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...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...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...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...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,...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...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,...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...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...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...Read More »


New White House Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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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...Read More »

APR 2014 Report Launched

Progress 2

Report 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...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...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...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...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 ...Read More »


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

NOTE: This article originally appeared on gavialliance.org

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...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...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...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!

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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...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!

As well as pickups from the following media...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...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...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...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”

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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.

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