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Why the Social Context in which People with HIV Live and Love Matters Most of All

This guest post was written by Martin Choo, a social scientist based in Malaysia whose academic research focuses on people who use drugs, the experiences of people living with HIV and other key populations.  He is part of the Inter Organizational Task Team on Community Systems Strengthening for the Global Fund...Read More »


Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014

Before the Senate adjourned for mid-term elections, Senators Christopher Coons (DE) and Lindsey Graham (SC) (with Senator Benjamin Cardin [MD] as a co-sponsor) introduced the Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014 (S.2853). While the bill is unlikely to pass before the 113th Congressional session ends,...Read More »


Photo Gallery: Welcome Reception for Ambassador Deborah Birx

GHC and CSIS welcomed Ambassador Deborah Birx in her new role as the U.S Global AIDS Coordinator. The program featured remarks by Ambassador Birx and a short discussion on the importance of increased integration of HIV/AIDS and maternal, newborn, and child health programming for the Post-2015 health agenda.

View photos from the...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 »


Ebola funding shouldn’t come at the expense of other global health concerns

Cross-posted from The Washington Post by Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director

The Obama administration’s announcement that the U.S. military will provide logistical support to stop the spread of the Ebola virus is a welcome indication that this interest is emerging as a priority [“U.S. military to help fight Ebola...Read More »


New single-size contraceptive diaphragm cleared for marketing in U.S.

Women in the United States are a step closer to a new non-hormonal method of family planning that is effective, safe and reusable. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and partner organization, PATH, are pleased to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Caya®...Read More »


President Obama Pledges Additional Funding & Military Assistance to Combat Ebola

As the number of cases of Ebola continues to rise in West Africa, President Obama has pledged additional assistance from the United States.

President Obama has requested an additional $88 million ($30 million to CDC and $58 million to the Biological Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)) to cover the cost...Read More »


Photo Gallery: High level roundtable with the First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique

The Global Health Council hosted a high level roundtable with the First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Mrs. Maria Da Luz Dai Guebuza on August 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. GHC’s Executive Director, Dr. Christine Sow, and other global health partners attended the meeting which was held as a side...Read More »

Update on FY15 Appropriations; FY16 Budget Process Underway

Next week Congress will return from August recess and with the beginning of Fiscal Year 15 (FY15) just a few weeks away on October 1, finalizing the FY15 appropriations process will be on the legislative calendar. While a government shutdown this year is unlikely, don’t expect a quick passage...Read More »


Ebola Virus Resources

Ebola is a deadly disease that causes bleeding within the body and externally. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs which, eventually,  leads to severe and uncontrollable bleeding.

In partnership with CDC, GHC would like to share these important public service announcements, multi-media...Read More »


No woman, no adolescent, no child left behind: Our Johannesburg pledge

This post was originally found on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
By Carole Presern, PMNCH

Last week, about 1,200 of us from 60 or more countries gathered for the Partners’ Forum, hosted by the Government of South Africa, PMNCH, Countdown to 2015, A Promise Renewed and...Read More »


International AIDS Conference 2014

This is a guest post written by Jason Wright, U.S. Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a GHC Board Member, and a Global Fund Developed Country NGO Board delegation member. The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is an alliance of 40 nationally based, independent civil society organisations (Linking Organisations), six Technical Support...Read More »


Executive Director Listening Tour: Ten Key Trends that are Shaping Today’s Global Health Outlook

By Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director

When I joined the Global Health Council (GHC) as its new executive director last November, I made one of my first priorities to meet and consult with global health stakeholders around the world. I wanted to get a sense of our community’s priorities and needs....Read More »


GHC: Analysis of Global Health Provisions in House and Senate Full Committee Mark-ups

The House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee both marked-up their respective Fiscal Year 2015 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations in late June.  Unlike in previous years, both the House and Senate started with very similar allocations for State, Foreign Operations — $48.3 billion.  This amount is about...Read More »

GHC: Proud to Support 5BB and Acting on the Call

By Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director 

Amazing progress has been made in dramatically cutting child deaths across the globe over the past 25 years. Just a few years ago we celebrated the fact that the number of annual deaths of children under five had fallen from 12.5 million deaths a year...Read More »


The 67th World Health Assembly: Reflections from Dr. Christine Sow

Dr. Sow and the Minister of Health for Uganda at Wednesday’s Governance event

By Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director

Last week, GHC led a delegation of more than 70 members to the World Health Assembly (WHA) meetings in Geneva, Switzerland. As an official non-state actor affiliated...Read More »


Participating at the World Health Assembly: Universal Health Coverage

This is a guest post written by Oscar Cordon at Chemonics.  Chemonics promotes meaningful change around the world to help people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives.  

During the first two days of the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, I have witnessed an active discussion in which...Read More »


“Everyone Has a Role”: Update from the 2014 World Health Assembly

This post was written by Kimberly Reed, Executive Director at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.  This blog post is being co-published on this blog and International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation websites.

 

Reed at WHA

This week, I am participating in...Read More »


NCDs at WHA: A Model of Integration

Melinda Gates speaks at WHA / Photo: Loyce Pace-Bass

This post was written by Loyce Pace-Bass at the LIVESTRONG Foundation.  

Melinda Gates speaks at WHA / Photo: Laurent Huber

It’s hard to believe just a few of years ago NCDs were an outlier at WHO’s annual meeting, barely featuring on the agenda....Read More »


GHC Listening Tour: California Recap

The Executive Director Listening Tour continued during April with a trip to the Bay Area. GHC was fortunate to be hosted by the Public Health Institute (PHI) during my trip there and I want to thank Mary Pittman and the PHI staff for their warm welcome. Once again it was...Read More »


GHC Advocacy Update: May 14

Our work on Capitol Hill has continued through ongoing meetings with Congressional offices. Over the last few weeks we’ve also had the chance to meet with senior leadership at USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and have been busy ensuring opportunities for GHC member interaction with the USG delegation at...Read More »


Switchpoint: Global Health Connections

GHC had the distinct pleasure to attend the Switchpoint Conference in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago. Now in its third iteration, Switchpoint is the brainchild of Pape Gaye and Intrahealth International. While this two-day conference takes place in rural North Carolina well outside of the usual...Read More »


Reflections on TFGH14: An event unlike any other

For the approximately 400 people that attended last Friday night, The Future of Global Health 2014 (TFGH14) was not a “typical DC” conference. From 8:30 to midnight, the Hamilton Live buzzed as leading global health experts, mentors, students and young professionals participated in a night of global health discussion, music,...Read More »


World Malaria Day 2014: What I Get to See Everyday

This is a guest post written by Karen A. Goraleski, Executive Director of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

As the professional home for researchers, entomologists, virologists, clinicians, veterinarians, program professionals, advocates and others in tropical medicine/global health, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene members will inevitably...Read More »


GHC Advocacy Brief: Global Health Proposals make Headway on the Hill

Our advocacy work  has continued through meetings on Capitol Hill with staff from Members of the House and Senate State, Foreign Operations Subcommittees and other legislators interested in Global Health.  Staff across-the-board expressed support for being given timely materials and talking points supporting funding and positive policy for...Read More »


GHC and the World Bank: Engaging with Civil Society

Dr. Sow met recently with staff in the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice at the World Bank to talk about their work and identify opportunities for advocacy and collaboration. The conversation covered the Bank’s new emphasis on UHC, focusing in particular on the components where...Read More »


Universal Health Coverage – Transition from Popularity to Action

Last week, the WorldBank and WHO sponsored a star-studded discussion on Universal Health Care that included high level representatives from the UN system, governments, academia and non-governmental organizations. Topics ranged from equity to targets, resource mobilization to investing in health. It was immediately clear that regardless of...Read More »


Global Health Security, Infectious Disease Control, and a CDC Delegation Trip

On April 7th and 8th, GHC brought a delegation of members to an informative set of meetings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The fact that the GHC visit coincided with World Health Day was serendipitous especially given that the theme of the “Day”...Read More »


GHC Participates in Polio Advocacy Day on the Hill

A child is given a polio vaccine in Pakistan Photo: EPA

Last week, in collaboration with the other members of the Global Polio Eradication InitiativeRotary International carried out an advocacy day to promote continued investment in the final push to end polio worldwide.

GHC participated...Read More »


GHC Advocacy Brief - April 3, 2014

Christine Sow, Executive Director, GHC

As part of GHC’s ongoing advocacy work with the US government, I spent several days on Capitol Hill last week reintroducing the Global Health Council to key staff, promoting the global health agenda, and providing our community’s reaction to the President’s FY2015 budget request...Read More »


Despite Hard Work, TB Still a Significant Health Threat to Children Worldwide

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March 24, 2014 marked World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.  TB affects millions upon millions of individual every year – but perhaps hits children the hardest.  A new study indicates that approximately one million children become infected with TB every year.  While many work tirelessly...Read More »


Study Tour: NCDs Crossing the Development Divide

GHC Executive Director Christine Sow accompanied US Senate staffers to Uganda and Rwanda on a study tour organized by the Livestrong Foundation and Management Sciences for Health. We will be featuring blogs and pictures from Christine on the tour – read on to hear about the trip, NCDs, and global...Read More »


Study Tour: Lessons Learned from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Last week, GHC Executive Director Christine Sow accompanied US Senate staffers to Uganda and Rwanda on a study tour organized by the Livestrong Foundation and Management Sciences for Health. We will be featuring blogs and pictures from Christine on the tour – read on to hear about the trip, NCDs,...Read More »


Study Tour: Combating NCDs with Limited Resources

Last week, GHC Executive Director Christine Sow accompanied US Senate staffers to Uganda and Rwanda on a study tour organized by the Livestrong Foundation and Management Sciences for Health. We will be featuring blogs and pictures from Christine on the tour on the blog – read on to hear about...Read More »


Study Tour: The Burden of NCDs in Low Resource Settings

Last week, GHC Executive Director Christine Sow accompanied US Senate staffers to Uganda and Rwanda on a study tour organized by the Livestrong Foundation and Management Sciences for Health. We will be featuring blogs and pictures from Christine on the tour for the next four days – read on to...Read More »


Working to Create Healthy Workplaces in India

This post was written by Thea Joselow at Arogya World.  Arogya is a global health non-profit organization committed to changing the course of chronic disease by implementing programs for diabetes prevention through lifestyle changes in schools, workplaces, and communities in India.

Workplaces are incredibly valuable platforms for wellness advancement and...Read More »


Everybody Wins: Cancer in the World of PEPFAR

This post was written by Loyce Pace Bass, MPH, Director of Health Policy and Cameron Krier, JD, MPH, Director of Federal Relations at LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Legislation recently passed to renew the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program included language that represents an important first step in assessing emerging health threats...Read More »


Member Spotlight: ASTMH

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.  

By the numbers:

Founding: 1903
Staff:
4 Full Time, 4...Read More »


Interview with GHC Executive Director Christine Sow

As you may have heard in our announcement last week, GHC is excited to announce Dr. Christine Sow as its new Executive Director! Dr. Sow is a veteran of UNICEF, USAID, and other highly esteemed global health organizations.  Her announcement has reached a number of excited news outlets, check...Read More »


NCDs: Learning from the Experience in High Income Countries

This is the second of two guest posts from Lewis Holmes and Amy Kravitz at John Snow, Inc.  John Snow is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world.  Find the first here.  

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NCDs: Their Path Towards Global Dominance

This is a guest post written by Lewis Holmes and Amy Kravitz at John Snow, Inc.  John Snow is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world.

Atul Gawande recently wrote in The New Yorker that important...Read More »


Stigma: The Unspoken Challenge for Cancer & Other Non-communicable Diseases

This is a guest post written by Loyce Pace Bass & Rebekkah Schear at the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

By now, people are aware of the growing burden of cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) around the world. Last month marked the second anniversary of a United Nations High-level Meeting that focused on...Read More »


Reflections on "The Road Forward": Global Health in the Post-2015 Agenda

This is a guest post written by Jessica Randall.  Jessica is a policy & advocacy intern at Management Sciences for Health (MSH.)

On Monday, September 23,  leading global health voices met to discuss the post-2015 agenda at a United Nations General Assembly side event in New York City entitled “The...Read More »


GSK and MVI Announce Promising Malaria Vaccine Trial Results

Last week GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Intiative (MVI), announced that the world may be closer to a malaria vaccine than once thought.  Working together, MVI and GSK announced results from a large scale trail in Africa testing...Read More »


mDiabetes: Putting Health Information Literally Into the Hand of Consumers

This is a guest post, written by Thea Joselow at Arogya World. Arogya is a global health non-profit organization committed to changing the course of chronic disease by implementing programs for diabetes prevention through lifestyle changes in schools, workplaces, and communities in India.

Diabetes is rampant in India – 60...Read More »


Site Visit to Lyantonde: Life and Health Improve (2/2)

This is a guest post, written by Bob Leone, Lead, Outreach and Communications, Global Health Fellows Program II, a program led by the Public Health Institute.  This is the second of two posts, you can find the first here.

The elementary school students in Lyantonde, Uganda, some as...Read More »


Member Spotlight: Pathfinder International

Read about a program from our featured member of the month, Pathfinder International

“In places like the Deep Sea Slum of Nairobi, Kenya, the dangers associated with pregnancy and child birth are not to be taken lightly…A Pathfinder-trained frontline health worker working in Nairobi, Elizabeth...Read More »


Site Visit to Lyantonde: East Africa Opens My Eyes (1/2)

This is a guest post, written by Bob Leone, Lead, Outreach and Communications, Global Health Fellows Program II, a program led by the Public Health Institute.  This is the first of two posts.  

The streets funneling into the bus terminal in central Kampala churn and heave with activity: men...Read More »


What it Takes: Achieving the MDGs by 2015

Last week, world leaders gathered in New York City to discuss a variety of global issues including the future of global health and the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  In a joint statement – released by the WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and the UN Secretary General’s Special...Read More »


One Heart Beat at a Time -- Life Saving Cardiology in Rural China

This is a guest post written by Brandon Brown, UCI Professor of Public Health and Director of the Global Health Research, Education and Translation (GHREAT) Initiative. 

Chronic diseases kill 36 million people a year, with 80% of those deaths in low and middle income countries. For example, congenital heart disease is...Read More »


UNGA Roundup

With global health positioned as one of the major topics of discussion at this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the global health community was well represented in New York city last week. Check out some...Read More »


Global Health at UNGA

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Every year, in late September, the world converges on New York City. For those of us in the development community, this week is known as “UNGA-week”. At special sessions, dinners and a host of side events, the topic of global health is front and center. With all of the interesting...Read More »


Measuring the Success of Health Systems Strengthening

This  is a guest post, written by Christophe Grundmann, Chief of Party, and Katherine Krasovec, Technical Advisor for Nutrition and Child Health at URC.  University Research Co., LLC (URC)* is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide.

The term “health system...Read More »


When Disaster Strikes, Who Responds?

Afghan midwives being trained, photo provided by IMC

In many parts of the developed world there are relief teams, ambulances, and specially trained workers and emergency rooms in hospitals that can absorb the wave of victims when a crisis hits. Supporting these services is an infrastructure consisting of healthcare facilities, support and counseling services, and organizations that are...Read More »


On the Rocky Road to Universal Health Coverage

This is a guest post, written by Pape Gaye, President and CEO of Intrahealth International.  IntraHealth is a GHC member organization that empowers health workers to better serve communities in need around the world.

If you look at the regions of the world that have made the greatest progress in...Read More »


A Deadly Dinner

When people talk about environmental health, they tend to focus on the big, flashy threats – floods, droughts, and toxic waste pollution, to name a few.  But sometimes the most innocent of activities can cause the greatest harm.

Exposure to smoke from cooking fires and traditional stoves is one of the...Read More »


Gina McCarthy and the Future of the EPA – What it Means for Global Health

Environmental policy can have a tremendous impact on public health. While the debate rages regarding to what extent, most agree that the environment and public health are inextricably linked. One study discussing the Clean Air Act in the United States found that, in 2010 alone, the act was responsible for...Read More »


Linking Global Health with the Globe: Environmental Health

Often global health advocacy today is targeted towards very important, but at the same time very specific causes: polio vaccines, infectious diseases, or MDRTB to name a few. But global health is also, importantly, about the bigger picture- it is about the world around us.  Environmental factors like pollution, climate...Read More »


Making a Medicine as Easy to Find as a Can of Coke

Diarrheal disease, which kills a million children younger than 5 each year, has an image problem. It doesn’t raise much alarm in industrialized countries, where it is merely a nuisance that can be treated with inexpensive, readily accessible remedies. In poorer countries, though, where a large majority of these children...Read More »


A Letter From Dr. Quick, Board Chair

The new GHC Board of Directors, whom were elected last December, met February 13 and 14 to take initial steps toward re-establishing GHC as a leading voice for global health. We are looking forward to working with you, the members, to reimage and revitalize the organization with a commitment to...Read More »


Integration of Health Services Ensures "No Missed Opportunities"

In time for World Malaria Day, Elaine Roman blogs on the advantage of integration
By Elaine Roman

This year’s Roll Back Malaria theme for World Malaria Day (April 25, 2012), Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria, speaks to the importance of maintaining the successes of the last decade while balancing that...Read More »


Creating a Safe Space for Young Mayan Girls

Women Deliver 50 Winner Abriendo Oportunidades Helps Empower Young Mayan Girls

 Claudia*, a Mayan girl visiting from her village home in El Cerro Grande, arrived at a Guatemala City hospital with severe abdominal pains. After a brief medical exam she was released by the doctor, who found nothing wrong with...Read More »

Women's Condom: Expanding Options for Dual Protection

Women need access to dual protection and more female-controlled options.

If you’ve been following the discussion around the World Health Organization’s technical guidance on hormonal contraception and HIV, chances are you’ve seen this message emerge. So what female-controlled, dual protection methods are available today—methods that help prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted...Read More »


This International Women's Day, Give Women the Power to Help Themselves with Three Little Pills

MCHIP Director Koki Agarwal blogs on a potentially livesaving drug

Bleeding to death after delivery is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, with the greatest burden of disease in the developing world. Women who give birth at home are especially vulnerable to succumb to this largely preventable cause of death....Read More »


President Obama's FY2013 Budget Request Leaves Global Health Goals in Doubt

GHC Senior Policy Manager Craig Moscetti breaks down the President’s global health budget numbers

President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2013 budget request yesterday, showing an essential flat-line in international affairs funding, but a $300 million cut to U.S. global health programs, a 4% decrease from levels enacted last year. Most...Read More »


Neglected Tropical Diseases: Business is Not as Usual

GHC Research Associate Katie Rosecrans outlines the new campaign to address NTDs, the first in a series on the topic

“Business is not as usual,” said Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), regarding the new collaboration Uniting to Combat...Read More »


Leading the Way in Burn Care: Two Decades of Success in South Africa

On Burn Awareness Week, Johnson & Johnson highlights the work of a clinic in Johannesburg

Our skin both protects us from the world and lets us experience it. It fits us perfectly, stretches as we grow, warns us of danger, allows us to feel wind and sun. But it is also...Read More »


The International AIDS Conference Begins to Take Shape

As the International AIDS Conference returns to the U.S., Craig Moscetti shares some of the names that will shape the agenda

Today the organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (IAC) announced 15 plenary speakers and presentations that will help shape the overall conference theme “Turning the Tide Together.” Many global...Read More »


Questions on the Future Financing for Global Health

The latest snapshot on global health financing is in. Dr. Chris Murray and colleagues from The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation presented today the findings from IHME’s third annual report on global health financing, titled Financing Global Health 2011: Continued growth as MDG deadline approaches. Yes, the report...Read More »


Voices on Ownership: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The second of a series of pieces on country ownership by John Donnelly features Ethiopia Minister of Health Tedros Ghebreyesus

This is the second of a series of perspective pieces on country ownership from the “Advancing Country Ownership for Greater Results” roundtable organized last week by the Ministerial Leadership...Read More »


Voices on Ownership: Aministrator Rajiv Shah

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah weighs in on the issue of country ownership during a roundtable organized by MLI

This is the first of a series of perspective pieces on country ownership from the “Advancing Country Ownership for Greater Results” roundtable organized last week by the Ministerial Leadership Initiative...Read More »


UN Agencies Commit to Joint Action – A Potential Game Changer for NCDs?

This is a guest blog by Greg Paton, Policy Manager, NCD Alliance

This past December representatives from various UN agencies met in New York to discuss UN wide collaboration on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs). The release of the meeting’s report last week drew little attention from the global health world. This is understandable...Read More »


Yes, They Do Make House Calls

The launch of a new coalition defines the critical role of health workers

As a mother, I know how troubling it is to care for a sick child. As a public health professional working with teams in developing countries for more than 20 years, I have a sense of just how...Read More »


Stemming the Tide of African Health Worker Migration

How did Malawi control its brain drain?

The British Medical Journal issued a report last month estimating that nine African countries have lost $2 billion worth of investment in training and educating doctors who have subsequently migrated abroad. It needn’t be this way. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals do not have to...Read More »

The Shirt You Couldn't Miss: Integrating HIV and GBV Prevention

Gender-based violence and a guide to assist with GBV and HIV prevention integration

Ahh… ahh…
Baby, I love you so much! ….

We repeated this refrain, clapping the beat as the person in the middle of the circle selected his or her replacement. This activity broke the ice – but what happened...Read More »


Different Countries, Different Issues, Same Question: Where is the Money?

MSH Director of Policy and Advocacy, Crystal Lander, reports from the ICASA conference in Ethiopia

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I listened to the opening plenary session on Sunday evening as former U.S. President George W. Bush talked about the tough financial environment, particularly in the U.S. Bush reminded Members of the U.S. Congress – none...Read More »


World AIDS Day 2011: Looking at a Year of Change

Andrew Fullem, JSI and World Ed director of HIV/AIDS reflects on the changes in the landscape of the disease

World AIDS Day. It is that time of year again when attention focuses on the response to HIV, looking back at progress made and looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead....Read More »


Investing in 215 Million Women

Dr. Frederick T. Sai on why we need to turn our attention to the 215 million women without access to modern contraception

Recently, the world has been abuzz about the population passing 7 billion. But now that we’ve passed that milestone, it’s time we turned our attention to another number that...Read More »

Faith-based Organizations and the Power of Partnerships

“What are the two things that you will find in the most remote areas of the world?” Pernessa C. Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm in Gilead, asked the audience of the event, Women, HIV and the Faith Community: Bringing the Voices of African Women to Washington, DC. The audience was...Read More »


Coming Soon: Globalization and Health’s Special Issue on Climate Change

In 2012, Globalization and Health will publish a new special issue “Climate Change and Global Health: Implications for Human Health and Health Systems.” This new issue will explore the ability of health systems to respond to potential disasters linked to climate change.

Climate change contributes to extreme weather conditions and significant changes in...Read More »


All for Equity, Health for all: World Conference on Social Determinants of Health Calls For Change

Key Themes from the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health reaffirms that “health inequities within and between countries are politically, socially and economically unacceptable, as well as unfair and largely avoidable, and that the promotion of health equity is essential...Read More »


To Improve 7 Billion Lives, One Hand Washes the Other

J&J Director of Contributions on the importance of leveraging the simple intervention of handwashing to achieve health outcomes:

A colleague of mine recently wrote about a woman in Nicaragua who went in search of a small loan, and ended up being treated for cervical cancer, because a microcredit organization arranged for...Read More »


In Bangladesh, Integrated Family Planning Model Shows Great Promise

Kaliganj, Bangladesh – A community health worker escorts us into a small, mud brick home on the edge of this village in the northeast part of the country. A young mother is seated on a high bed, the only furniture in the small room, breastfeeding a new baby. Another child,...Read More »


Bill Gates: Charting a Course to End Malaria

As the Gates Foundation hosts a global forum on malaria, Bill Gates commits to the eradication of the disease.

In the past 10 years, the number of people who die from malaria has declined 20 percent.

For the past three days, the global malaria community has been meeting in Seattle, talking about...Read More »


Social Determinants of Health: the Key to Sustainable Development

Some notes and lessons from the first day of the WHO World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Rio de Janeiro – Representatives from about 120 countries, including 60 ministers, gathered for what is estimated to be the largest health conference since Alma Ata. This three day event, convened by the...Read More »


Major Milestone in Malaria: RTS,S Vaccine Within Reach

An interview with researchers integral to the success of this large-scale RTS,S vaccine trial:

The first set of results from the large-scale Phase 3 efficacy trial of the world’s most clinically advanced malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S, were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and announced at the...Read More »

Foreign Assistance: Still an Effective Investment

PATH’s Emmel blogs that the 1% of U.S. budget spent on aid facilitates economic growth, national security, moral leadership

When the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act was passed in 1961, the world was a very different place. Since then, a proliferation of new laws and regulations has made the goals and activities...Read More »


Meeting Success, the Army Retreats: Cuts in Army Funding Threaten HIV Vaccine Progress

Sawe and Warren blog cuts to HIV vaccine development at DA threaten major new advances, future opportunities

The Department of the Army is set to slash 73 percent of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program’s (MHRP) Army research budget for FY 13 through FY17. Incredibly, this cut comes on the heels...Read More »


From Sudan to the Rest of Africa: Every Child Deserves to be Vaccinated Against Rotavirus

Dr. Amani A. Mustafa shares the progress of rotavirus vaccine rollout in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Two months ago, a 42-day-old infant named Jasir Tarig was vaccinated against rotavirus at a ceremony here in Khartoum. He was the very first child in Sudan to be vaccinated against a disease that kills...Read More »


Potential UNEP Treaty Language Could Impact Vaccines

This is a guest blog by Erin Fry, Government Affairs Officer of PATH.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is supporting the development of a treaty on mercury which may include language that impacts access to vaccines in poor countries.

Thiomersal (which also goes by the name thimerosal) is a key preservative that...Read More »


Reaching a Major Milestone in Securing Global Solutions to NCDs

IFIC Foundation Executive Director Kimberly Reed reacts to the UN’s political declaration on NCDs

Earlier this week, Heads of State from around the world met at the United Nations for the High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control and unanimously adopted a political declaration to stand united in a...Read More »

Business Loan Saves Woman From Cervical Cancer

Johnson & Johnson’s Joy Marini on a program that bundles microloans with health services

“I’ve survived cervical cancer. I am here today because of the impact Pro Mujer has had in my life.”

Reading that quote, you might not realize Pro Mujer is actually a women’s development organization that uses microfinance as...Read More »


Why Business Should Care About NCDs

The Corporate Council on Africa CEO Stephen Hayes on engaging the private sector in the fight against NCDs

With the forthcoming High-Level United Nations Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York next week, NCDs are gaining global recognition as a threat and burden to low-income countries’ economies and development. NCDs...Read More »


Drought & Famine: PReventing History From Repeating Itself

The current drought and famine in East Africa? We saw it coming says International Medical Corps’ Margaret Aguirre.

 

In the humanitarian world, there are the disasters you see coming, and the ones you don’t.

We didn’t foresee the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti … the devastating floods in Pakistan… the earthquake and...Read More »


Just Because You Build it Doesn't Mean They'll Come: Take Home Messaging From IAS

JSI’s Sharon Stash shares lessons learned from the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome

Participants at last month’s International AIDS Society Conference in Rome were energized by positive findings on new biomedical HIV prevention interventions. Thirty years of dedicated work have resulted in the HPTN052 trial’s promise of HIV treatment as...Read More »

Turning a Corner on Protection of Health Workers and Facilities?

This is a guest blog by Leonard Rubenstein, senior scholar at  the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The international media attention to repression in response “Arab Spring,” included reports of  and expressions of outrage about attacks by Bahrain’s security forces...Read More »


The Need is Clear

Mandy Moore joins Cameroon’s fight against malaria with Nothing but Nets

Today I landed in Yaounde, Cameroon.

It’s an incredible feeling – Cameroon is preparing for its largest ever mosquito net distribution. The nets will help protect hundreds of thousands of families from malaria, the leading cause of death in Cameroon, and...Read More »


We Started! The First Child in Sudan to Receive a Rotavirus Vaccine

The first child in Sudan to be vaccinated against rotavirus drew a big crowd at Samir Health Center.

This is a guest blog by Dr. Amani Abdelmoniem Mustafa, manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunization for Sudan.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — The day that we were...Read More »


Addressing the Isolation of African Doctors in Rural Areas

“It’s about addressing the professional isolation of rural practice and greasing the wheels of the machine so that ultimately rural doctors are happier and can get on with what they’re trained to do in an environment that works for them.” - Dr. Tim Wilson 

This is a guest blog by...Read More »


Re: IAS 2011 Examines Most-at-risk Populations: Commerical Sex Workers

This post is a response to the various comments received to the original post with the above title available here.

I want to thank Cheryl Overs, Thierry Schaffauser and Calum Bennachie for their comments to my summary of the sessions I attended at IAS 2011 concerning sex workers. I am glad this point...Read More »


In Geneva, Young Peruvian Doctors Learn to Think Globally

This is a guest blog by Maria Angela Martinez Gamero and Jessica Valeria Tang Herrera, vice president and alumni coordinator, respectively, of the Asociacion Peruana de Estudiantes de Medicina Humana (APEMH). Maria Angela is also resident at the Family and Community Medicine Hospital in Palamos, Spain. They were...Read More »


FC Barcelona's New Goal

Bill Gates on the soccer team’s new partnership with the Gates Foundation in the fight to end polio

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t spend a whole lot of time following soccer. But as I have travelled around the world to better understand global development and health, I’ve learned that soccer...Read More »


Hormonal Birth Control Increases Women's Risk of HIV Acquisition and Transmission

A new study presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome found that women who take hormonal contraceptives are at a greater risk of acquiring HIV and transmitting it to their male partners than women who do not take hormonal contraceptives.  The study, conducted by the University of Washington,...Read More »


IAS 2011 Examines Most-at-Risk Populations: Commerical Sex Workers

*Please note that this blog is a summary of sessions attended at the 2011 IAS and does not represent the views of the Council.

The topic of most-at-risk populations (MARPs) was given healthy consideration at the 2011 IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome last week, particularly...Read More »


Treatment as Prevention Implementation Challenges: More and Earlier HIV Testing

Last week at the International AIDS Society conference, researchers presented amazing new evidence proving the efficacy of treatment as prevention. The study, HPTN 052, showed a 96 percent reduction in sexual transmission of HIV between serodiscordant couples when the infected partner initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) early. Conference delegates were overjoyed;...Read More »


Zeroing Out New Infections Through Prevention Tools and Technologies

This is a guest blog by Crystal Lander and Susan Sainz of Management Sciences for Health and was co-published on their blog, Global Health Impact.

ROME — MSH and Global Health Council hosted a session at the 6th International AIDS Society...Read More »


Reflections on IAS Conference 2011

This is a guest blog by Shungu Gwarinda, programme officer for mothers2mothers of South Africa, one of the Global Health Council members present at the Sixth IAS Conference in Rome.

ROME — Undoubtedly, the evidence shared at the IAS Conference in developing more efficacious biomedical interventions to reduce HIV incidence rejuvenated...Read More »


Male Circumcision Curbs Spread of HIV Over Time, Risky Behavior Does Not Increase

A slide from Dr. Auvert showing what would have happened without MC intervention on all adult men in the Orange Farm community in South Africa.

This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global...Read More »


Treatment for Prevention: The Long Awaited Silver Bullet?

Dr. Gitau Mburu shows importance of targeting at risk populations

The just concluded IAS conference in Rome this week has seen an unprecedented call for treatment as prevention for HIV. This comes in the wake of new data from the HPTN 052 trial results showing that HIV positive people who take...Read More »

Maternal and Child Mortality Through the Lens of HIV Infection

ROME  — “[It is a basic] human right for every woman to survive pregnancy and childbirth and for their child to survive to reach their 5th birthday,” said Dr. Philippa Musoke, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist from Uganda, at the Wednesday plenary session of the 2011 International AIDS Society Conference....Read More »


Leaving Rome With a New Sense of Energy and Urgency

This is a guest blog by Alisha Meyers, international monitoring systems manager of mothers2mothers, one of the Global Health Council members present at the Sixth IAS Conference in Rome.

ROME — The IAS Conference brings together an amazing range of individuals and prominent leaders committed to the science, policy and implementation...Read More »


Telling a Story, Making an Impact

Director of Children Without Worms Kim Koporc tells the story of a deworming day in Cambodia

Soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH), caused by intestinal worms, does not capture public attention the way other infectious diseases do. Like most of the neglected tropical disease portfolio, STH is not usually fatal – which partly...Read More »

Real World Challenges to Deploying Effective HIV Prevention and Treatment

This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy.

ROME  — There was some consensus among the Tuesday opening plenary speakers at the 2011 International AIDS Society Conference – there are many challenges to effective HIV prevention and antiretroviral...Read More »


HIV and TB Co-infection: A Perfect Storm

This is a guest blog by Christine Lubinski of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy.

ROME  — Alberto Matteeli of Italy began his presentation on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) by reminding his audience that in the pre-antiretroviral therapy (ART) era in Europe and the United...Read More »


A Remarkable Day in HIV Prevention Research

This is a guest blog by Lisa Chensvold of the University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and was co-published on their blog.

HPTN session

ROME  — For the past two months, things have been pretty crazy around our institute. On...Read More »


Have We Learned What We Need to Know to Deliver Microbicides?

ROME — The first day of this Sixth IAS Conference I attended a satellite session “From Proof to Delivery: Scaling Up HIV Prevention for Women: The Challenge of Delivering the First Microbicide in Africa.” The promise of microbicides and “treatment as prevention” are proving to be the biggest stories of...Read More »


Is HIV Prevention R&D Funding Keeping Up With the Science?

Annual Tracking Report Reveals Increase in HIV Prevention R&D Resources, Need to Sustain Scientific Momentum

As organizations dedicated to the development of new HIV prevention technologies, we are firmly aware that advances in research and development cannot be made without good scientific data. In the past two years, results streaming in...Read More »


Global Day of Action for Dr. Arash Alaei

Global health and human rights advocates around the world are supporting Physicians for Human Rights on a Global Day of Action to call for the release of Dr. Arash Alaei from prison. Supporters can go to http://iranfreethedocs.org/ to sign a petition that will be delivered to Iranian officials urging them...Read More »


HPTN 052 “Treatment is Prevention” Study Team Releases New Details

This is a guest blog by Christine Lubinski of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy.

ROME  — The presentation of the detailed findings of HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 by Dr. Myron Cohen, the study’s principal investigator, and his colleagues was greeted with a...Read More »


30 Years of HIV/AIDS

Dr. Anthony Fauci has spent virtually his entire career as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH tracking the AIDS epidemic.

In a session on the advancement of science and research on HIV, he gave an insightful overview of the early days when key discoveries were...Read More »


Access to HIV Drugs: The Good, the Bad and the Unmet Need

This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy.

ROME  — Drug companies are excluding middle-income countries – such as Brazil, Thailand, India, Columbia and China – from HIV drug discount programs where drug prices can be as much...Read More »


Elimination of Pediatric AIDS High on Rome Agenda

This is a guest blog of Robert Yule of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and is co-published on the Foundation blog.

ROME — Eliminating pediatric HIV and AIDS was high on the agenda on the first day of the sixth International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis,...Read More »


Global Migration of HIV/AIDS

AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C., is still a year away but a session at IAS 2011 brought to mind why the location of next year’s conference is so significant. It’s been 22 years since the U.S. hosted the conference, in San Francisco in 1990.  When President Obama lifted national entry...Read More »


A call for clinical trials to evaluate combination prevention

This is a guest blog by Christine Lubinski of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy.

ROME  — “There is no silver bullet” is a common mantra in AIDS prevention, and Dr. Robin Shattock of the Imperial College in London provided a plenary talk in that...Read More »


Africa’s Male Circumcision Programs Exceed Targets, Grow More Efficient

This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy.

ROME  — Kenya, the leader by far in the medical male circumcision (MMC) campaigns underway in sub-Saharan Africa, has successfully serviced 290,000 men and adolescents in the past 2.9 years....Read More »


IAS Calls for Release of Jonathan Mann Award Winner from Iran Prison

ROME — In the opening cermonies of the Sixth IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention here last night, Elly Katabira, the international conference chair and current president of the International AIDS Society, decried the continuing imprisonment of Arash Alaei, one of the two Iranian physician-brothers who won...Read More »


IAS 2011 Opens with Music, Activism and Optimism

ROME — The Sixth IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened here last night with glorious music by young Italians, political activism by AIDS campaigners and the most optimism on the potential for serious progress against HIV/AIDS in many years, perhaps since the advent of the epidemic 30...Read More »


What Reporters Should Be Covering in Rome

ROME — For the first time ever, the International AIDS Society put on a media training and briefing in advance of one of its annual conferences – in this case the Sixth IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which opens here today.

Basically, it was a primer for...Read More »


HIV Prevention in the News Before IAS Conference

This is a guest blog by Jeffrey T. Safrit, Ph.D, director of Clinical and Basic Research for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. It was co-published on the Foundation’s own blog.

LOS ANGELES — In advance of the largest global HIV/AIDS conference of the year this week in Rome, there...Read More »


Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Tanzania as a Tool for HIV Prevention

Director of Tanzania Circumcision Program for MCHIP outlines keys to success.

Iringa, Tanzania – If a picture tells the story, then this line of young men waiting outside Kibena Hospital in the town of Njombe illustrates why the scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision is not only necessary to stem...Read More »


Moving Toward Zero New HIV Infections in 9 Years

With IAS just days away, the question is how will you as public health professional help eradicate HIV/AIDS?

After 30 years of the HIV global pandemic, a vast amount has been learned about HIV and AIDS, but not enough to cure it. What started as the appearance of an unknown cancer...Read More »

Amani: One of the Vaccine Delivery Heroes

This is a guest blog by Dr. John Wecker, the director of Vaccine Access and Delivery at PATH.

Resourceful, brave, committed — and perhaps a little addicted — that’s the kind of person it takes to ensure that vaccines reach children in the poorest countries of the world. People like Amani...Read More »


As Health Gap Between Rich and Poor Grows, Chan Calls for More Country Leadership, Donor Cooperation

Developing country leadership and donor cooperation are essential if health is to improve

In a recent article written by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, the growing gap between health indicators of developing countries and developed countries were brought to the forefront. In sub-Saharan Africa, Chan says, women are...Read More »


Vaccines: Saving Lives and Dollars

This is a guest blog by Erin Fry, a government affairs officer at PATH.

Last week, I attended a briefing on Capitol Hill titled “Making the Case for Cost-Effectiveness of Vaccines for Global Health” sponsored by Research!America, the Global Health Council, and PATH. The briefing focused on how vaccines not only...Read More »


Award Winner Reflects on Dramatic Events that Developed Passion for Human Rights

This is a guest blog by Juan Manuel Canales, the 2006 Jonathan Mann Award Winner.  Dr. Canales has worked with indigenous communities in rural El Salvador and Mexico for the last 25 years.  He currently works for Doctors for Global Health.

When my friends and I were in college in the...Read More »


A Message to Congress: Don't Shortchange Family Planning

Family planning may be one of the best bargains in the world when it comes to investments in health

Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International, spent yesterday on Capitol Hill talking about the importance of family planning in West Africa, including his native Senegal. He has...Read More »


Revitalizing the Partograph to Prevent Fistula in Uganda

We have a simple existing tool—the partograph—that could easily help prevent needless maternal deaths and injuries.

At 16, Jenny Nalukwago became pregnant and dropped out of school. After learning about the importance of antenatal care at her school in central Uganda, she convinced her mother, who delivered all 10 of her...Read More »


Senegal's Director of Reproductive Health Hits the Hill

Dr. Daff spoke with John Donnelly about the lessons of his first trip to Washington to promote family planning in West Africa.

Dr. Bocar Mamadou Daff, director of reproductive health services in Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Prevention, is in Washington, D.C., this week for a second time in a month....Read More »


Catching up with the 2001 Excellence in Media Award Winner

This is a guest blog by Jay LaMonica, a veteran journalist and television producer specializing in national security and foreign affairs. He recently left Discovery Channel where he produced documentaries with Ted Koppel and before that spent 15 years with ABC News Nightline reporting from every corner of the...Read More »


A “Mother to Mother” Moment with Michelle Obama

This is a guest blog by mothers2mothers (m2m) former Site Coordinator and current Communications Associate Nozi Samela who met U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama during her visit to South Africa last week along with m2m Co-Founder Dr. Mitchell Besser. Nozi was thrilled to be able to tell Mrs. Obama...Read More »


2009 Best Practices Award Winner Reflects on Achievements Since Winning

This guest blog was written by Harshad Sanghvi, vice president and medical director at Jhpiego

For me, the Global Health Council Award for Best Practices reaffirmed the power of small solutions for big problems. It validates the importance of striking out in unconventional ways and with untraditional approaches to solving...Read More »


U.S. Funding for Global Health

How much money does the United States spend on global health?

When President Obama announced the Global Health Initiative two years ago, the vision was for a $63 billion project that would take place over 6 years and integrate all U.S. global health programs to improve health systems in the developing...Read More »


A Shift Toward NCDs?

Building bridges between noncommunicable and communicable diseases starts by considering access to health services.

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Global Health Council’s 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on global demographic changes, which naturally result in a shift in the burden of disease as...Read More »

Human Rights at GHC38: The Right to Health vs. a Rights-based Approach

This blog was written by Emily Clark, an intern in the Policy Communications Department of the Global Health Council.

At last week’s global health journalism discussion at the 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health, an audience member approached the presenters with a question about “rights-based approaches” to health. As it...Read More »


Speaking up at the GHC Conference 2011

Watch conference participants’ reactions and thoughts for the future of global health

Equipped with a bag full of conference swag and a handy Flip camera, I was ready to tackle the Global Health Council’s annual conference, “Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World,” and uncover some voices on the frontlines...Read More »

Part of the Whole: Individual v. Collective Right to Health

Integrating individual rights with structural policy changes will expand human rights for all

Both human rights and global health need to transcend the individual versus collective divide and unite in order to provide the best for individuals and populations at large.

The traditional liberal understanding whereby human rights, including the right to...Read More »


Country Leadership Takes Center Stage at Plenary Session

To secure a healthier future for all, do the diagonal tango and let countries lead

The diagonal tango was proposed as a policy approach to mitigate global health challenges in the imminent future. Council president Dr. Jeff Sturchio predicts a world with an increasing urban population suffering from more chronic illnesses...Read More »


Do You Know Your Poo IQ?

Lisa Schechtman, from WaterAid America, organized a sanitation related scavenger hunt at this week’s Conference.

Lisa Schechtman, from End Water Poverty member WaterAid in America, shares with us a great creative idea for campaigning, and livening up a conference at the same time. Check out how she and others organized a...Read More »


Focus on NCDs Now, or Pay the Price

Arogya World shares its highlights from this year’s Conference

If anything great or lasting is going to be achieved, cooperation is needed.
- A quote overheard at this conference and attributed to Sir George Alleyene

The Global Health Conference 2011, “Securing a Healthier Future for a Changing World,” which started yesterday in...Read More »


Taking Root: A GHI Progress Report

Global Health Initiative’s Executive Director, Lois Quam, gives an update of GHI’s in-country implementation

Here at the annual Global Health Council Conference Lois Quam, Executive Director of the Obama administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), spoke of the accomplishments of the ambitious effort to improve delivery of health care for the world’s...Read More »


Five Countries Call for More Ownership of Health Programs

MLI Unveils its Call To Action for Country-Led Development at Annual GHC Conference

Five countries – four in Africa and one in Asia – issued a “Call to Action” on Tuesday that pushed for greater country ownership of health programs and more flexibility from donors to match programs with national priorities,...Read More »


Communications and the Changing Future of Global Health

The Global Health Council’s conference opens with a bang

Though the Global Health Council’s conference officially started today, Monday’s preliminary sessions were interesting and engaging. They were also packed to the brim – conference attendees were ready to jump in feet first to the offered workshops and satellite events, with some...Read More »

Calling All Changemakers

Young professionals weigh in on their role in the global health community

Inquiring minds want to know – how do young people get started in the global health realm? What are the incentives to joining this interdisciplinary field and how can we break down barriers to entry? The younger generation and...Read More »

J2J Training Program Kicks off at GHC Annual Conference

Sponsored journalists gain expertise and cover a wide swath of global health issues presented at the Conference.

The National Press Foundation and the Global Health Council are collaborating on a first of its kind training event for 12 selected international journalists from eight countries attending GHC’s annual conference this month.

The...Read More »


Prestigious Prize Boosts Efforts to Widen Access to Global Health Expertise

Distance learning grows and staff and students are rewarded for innovative ideas thanks to Gates Award

This guest blog was written by Donna Bowers and the staff of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Winning the Gates Award for Global Health in 2009 was a huge honour for us. We...Read More »


The South is Getting Stronger

John Donnelly interviews Dr. Francis Omaswa about the changing global health agenda and country ownership.

Q: Next week, MLI will be releasing its Call to Action on country ownership. What have been some of the important lessons from MLI’s work in five countries over the last three or four years?

A: The...Read More »


Carter Center Programs and Partners Celebrate Progress in Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases Since Winning Gates Award

Guest Blog by: The Carter Center, Paige Rohe

Founded in 1986, The Carter Center has been a leader in the control, elimination, and eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), working at the grassroots level in partnership with ministries of health and low-resource communities to conduct health education, mass drug administration, and develop...Read More »


Rethinking Global Health Approaches: What's the Connection with the AIDS Response?

Dr. Gitau Mburu rethinks the global response to HIV/AIDS set against the backdrop of June’s UN High Level Meeting in New York

 

This years’ UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS from 8-10 June in New York will be a time to reflect and set a renewed agenda not only...Read More »


Bringing Everyone to the Table in Fighting NCDs

NEW YORK–Our event at the UN on mobilizing action to address NCDs was a great opportunity to dive deeper into the private sector’s role after attending a session at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s conference that touched on the topic.

In a session on the critical role...Read More »


Five Myths About NCDs

NEW YORK–True or false on NCDs?

  • NCDs mainly affect the rich
  • NCDs are mainly diseases of the elderly
  • All NCDs are preventable
  • No cost effective solutions exist for NCDs
  • You can’t change human behavior when it comes to NCDs

Ann Keeling of the NCD Alliance and CEO of the International Diabetes Federation posed these questions during...Read More »


Microfinance Controversy? Not When it Comes to Health

Thierry van Bastelaer discusses the need for pro-poor health financing to improve livelihoods.

I am not a health person (but as health colleagues at Abt gently remind me, that’s not necessarily something to apologize for). As a mainstream poverty economist, however, I was regularly struck in my previous work by the...Read More »


Farewell to Deauville: How Did Global Health Fare?

DEAUVILLE, France — Nothing of significance for global health came out of the G8 Summit that concluded here Friday. We expected little, and the G8 lived up to our expectations.

Overall, the NGO community found the Deauville Declaration, in the words of Sherpa Times,  “vague, confused and lacking any...Read More »


Cameron Brings a Dash of Candor to Deauville G8

DEAUVILLE, France — The Deauville G8 Declaration released today did not give us much new in global health, except reaffirmations of previous commitments for which, perhaps, we should be grateful, given that we had been hearing that we might not even get that.

But we did get something we had not...Read More »


Looking for Signs of Global Health in Deauville

DEAUVILLE, France — The G8 Summit opened today with little sign of global health on the agenda, a huge and disappointing change from the G8 Muskoka in Canada where maternal, child and reproductive health was one of  the signature issues.

The heads of state are arriving as I write this —...Read More »


Waiting for Committee B in the Serpentine Lounge

This is a guest blog by Debra Jones, director of Family Care International’s Global Advocacy program and a member of the Global Health Council’s delegation to the World Health Assembly. It is being co-published on The FCI Blog.

GENEVA — Anyone attending the 64th World Health Assembly knows that the published...Read More »


Scaling up Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Through Global Fund

This is a guest blog by Debra Jones, director of Family Care International’s Global Advocacy program and a member of the Global Health Council’s delegation to the World Health Assembly. It is being co-published on The FCI Blog.

GENEVA — Monday, the sun shined on the flower-filled hillside of the...Read More »


The Rise and Fall of a Global Health Success, and What the G8 Can do to Bring it Back

This article was also published in The Huffington Post on May 23, 2011.

Lancet once called it “potentially the most important medical advance of the 20th century.” But in the 21st century, oral rehydration therapy (ORT) — a simple, cost-effective treatment given at home using either packets of oral rehydration salts...Read More »


Lessons From Global Health Celebrities: "Be Brave"

This guest blog is written by Rachel Irwin, a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly.

GENEVA — I was sitting in the Serpentine Lounge during a break at the World Health Assembly....Read More »


Ensuring Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

This is a guest blog by Maeve Shearlaw of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in London and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly.

GENEVA — It’s my third and final day at the World Health Assembly. It’s a shame to be leaving...Read More »


Civil Society, Accountability and the Global Strategy

This is a guest blog by Debra Jones, director of Family Care International’s Global Advocacy program and a member of the Global Health Council’s delegation to the World Health Assembly. It is being co-published on The FCI Blog.

GENEVA — Thursday, at a packed technical briefing during the World Health...Read More »


Is Anyone Checking up on the Food and Beverage Industry?

GENEVA — It was the day before the opening of the World Health Assembly, and I was talking to a Swiss NGO friend of mine in an Old Town café here about the new focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the considerable involvement of...Read More »


Where are the Women in Women’s and Children’s Health?

This guest blog was written by Chelsea Ricker of OneWorldUK and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly. This is being co-published on the blog of OneWorld UK.

GENEVA — This year’s World Health Assembly is also the site of the launch of a...Read More »


Virus-sharing: A Victory for Global Health Diplomacy

This guest blog is written by Rachel Irwin, a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly.

GENEVA — For over 50 years, countries have shared samples of their viruses via the World Health...Read More »


Using Social Media to Open up World Health Assembly

This guest blog was written by Chelsea Ricker of OneWorldUK and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly. This is being co-published on the blog of OneWorld UK.

GENEVA — I’ve been a little frustrated with the lack of opportunities for interactions between civil...Read More »


“Remember the People” in Communicating About Food

This guest blog was written by Kimberly Reed, executive director of International Food Information Council Foundation, and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly. It is being co-published on the blog of the International Food Information Council Foundation

Kimberly Reed

GENEVA — This...Read More »


Promoting the Critical Role of Midwives at World Health Assembly

This is a guest blog by Maeve Shearlaw of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in London and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly.

GENEVA — This is my first World Health Assembly and it’s great to be here. There are over 190...Read More »


Synergy or Fight? Infectious Disease, Non-communicable Disease

This guest blog was written by Dr. Inon Schenker, global health consultant with the Jerusalem AIDS Project in Jerusalem and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly.

GENEVA — Side events during the World Health Assembly (WHA) allow you to be exposed to...Read More »


Making This "The Decade of Vaccines"

This guest blog was written by Helen Evans, interim chief executive of the GAVI Alliance.

GENEVA — I am Helen Evans, the interim chief executive of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, and our mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in...Read More »


U.N. Security Council Will Vote on AIDS Resolution This Summer

This guest blog was written by Dr. Inon Schenker, global health consultant with the Jerusalem AIDS Project in Jerusalem and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly.

GENEVA —The U.N. Security Council will be discussing and most probably adopting unanimously this summer a...Read More »


TDR Wins 2011 Gates Award for Global Health

TDR, a program for research and scientific collaboration in diseases of poverty based at the World Health Organization (WHO), has won the 2011 Gates Award for Global Health. The announcement was made at a Global Health Council event in Geneva at the World Health Assembly.
 
TDR supports and advocates...Read More »

WHO Chief Touts Recent Successes in Global Health

GENEVA — World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan opened the World Health Assembly here on Monday with a  comprehensive review of past successes and challenges in global health, but nary a nod to what is required to meet the challenges of the future.

We, at the Global Health Council, were pleased...Read More »


The 2011 Verdict on 2005 G8 Promises on Africa

GENEVA — A little more than a week before the G8 meets in France, the anti-poverty group ONE has come out with its annual assessment of how well the G8 leaders are doing in meeting the lofty financial commitments they (or their predecessors) made to sub-Saharan Africa at the G8...Read More »


World Health Assembly has Chance to Send a Signal to G8 on Maternal and Child Health

GENEVA — 2010 was the year when maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) finally got some of the attention it deserves.

It was the signature issue of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his G8 Summit in Muskoka where a $7.3 billion, five-year commitment was made through the Muskoka Initiative. It was...Read More »


PEPFAR in South Africa: Moving from Treatment to Prevention, Emergency to Sustainability

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the communications officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was started in 2003, is an American-run initiative that aims to help save...Read More »


Q & A with Seth Berkley of GAVI

John Donnelly recently spoke with Seth Berkley, founder of IAVI, about highlights in research and about his focus for GAVI.

Seth Berkley is the president, CEO and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a nonprofit organization working in 24 countries to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive...Read More »


Q & A With Dr. Roma Chilengi, Kemri

John Donnelly interviews Dr. Roma Chilengi, head of clinical trials at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya.

Dr. Roma Chilengi was the head of clinical trials at the Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, from 2008 until April 2011. While he worked on several vaccine...Read More »


Researchers Tell Congress That Research Makes a Difference

John Donnelly reports on the need for new breakthroughs in global health R&D

For Elizabeth Bukusi, advances in global health research mean something concrete: lives saved.

In her work in Western Kenya, where she is the chief research officer and deputy director of research and training at the Kenya Medical Research Institute,...Read More »


Q & A With Dr. Nelson L. Michael, US MRHP

John Donnelly talked to Dr. Nelson L. Michael, MD, PhD, and Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps about US MRHP.

Nelson L. Michael, MD, PhD, a Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps, is the director of the US Military HIV Research Program at the Department of Defense’s Walter Reed...Read More »


Pay for Performance: The View from Mozambique, Senegal and DRC

This guest blog was written by Lindsay Morgan of Health Systems 20/20, Broad Branch Associates.

A shift is taking place in the global health community. Pay for performance (P4P), an umbrella term for any program that transfers money or material goods conditioned on taking a measurable action or achieving a predetermined...Read More »


Obstetric Fistula: How Far We've Come and Where we Need to Go

EngenderHealth VP of programs blogs on obstetric fistula – the unjust and unnecessary injury

Throughout the 80s and much of the 90s, I practiced medicine in Cameroon, West Africa. Time and again, I treated women in labor or just after delivery. Time and again, they were brought to me too late....Read More »


Q & A With Dr. Gita Ramjee, South African Medical Research Council

John Donnelly interviews Dr. Gita Ramjee, the director of the South African Medical Research Council’s HIV prevention program.

Dr. Gita Ramjee is a world-renowned scientist specializing in HIV prevention, treatment, and care. Dr. Ramjee is the director of the South African Medical Research Council‘s HIV prevention program and has been...Read More »


Q & A With Dr. Alex Dehgan, USAID

John Donnelly interviews Dr. Alex Dehgan the science and technology advisor to the administrator of USAID.

Dr. Alex Dehgan, PhD, MSc, JD, is the science and technology advisor to the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and heads the office of science and technology within the new bureau...Read More »


The Global Forum: An Evolving Format for WHO and Necessary Process for NCDs

MOSCOW, Russia — Wednesday, April 27, 2011, marked an important step by the World Health Organization (WHO) in forging multisectoral partnerships for NCDs (non-communicable diseases). In partnership with the Russian Federation, WHO hosted a global forum on addressing the challenge of NCDs, which I, along with Global Health Council’s President...Read More »


Improving Infant Survival by Engaging Private Sector in India’s Most Impoverished State

This guest blog was written by Priya Anantwho leads the India hub of the Center for Health Market Innovations at ACCESS Health International. ACCESS works in Bihar under a grant from the Norwegian government.

BIHAR, India — If you told me five years back I would be working in Bihar on a sophisticated government...Read More »


WHO Trying to Accommodate NGOs at NCD Fora in Moscow

This guest blog was written by Jeff Meer of Public Health Institute and was originally published on Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI.

MOSCOW, Russia  — As delegations gather this week to assess the state of the world’s non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic and governments’ efforts to cope, advocates will be pressing...Read More »


Creating Partnerships to Address NCDs

This post was written by Jeffrey L. Sturchio, president and CEO of the Global Health Council

Recently I had the opportunity to spend time with senior health officials from several African countries as part of the annual African Health Delegation visit organized by Global Health Progress.  The theme of the week—“Accelerating...Read More »


Global Malaria Leaders Agree: 2015 Goal is Not a Dream

NEW YORK — Much of the world’s brain power and political power directed at the war against malaria converged in hotel ballroom here today — World Malaria Day 2011 — and a few key themes kept emerging:

  • Because of dramatic progress in malaria control the last few years, a goal...Read More »

Keeping Up the Fight Against Malaria

Nearly 1 million children do not reach their fifth birthday because they die from malaria each year.

According to estimates from the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 1 million children do not reach their fifth birthday because they die from malaria each year. Ninety percent of these...Read More »


Can LLINS, IRS & Housing Improvement Represent the Future of a Holistic Malaria Prevention Treatment

Despite evidence that housing plays an important role in the eradication of malaria, it is often overlooked.

As World Malaria Day gets closer each year, organizations release an increasing number of reports on the progress achieved and what needs to be done to eliminate the disease. Despite vast evidence that housing...Read More »


Taking Root: A GHI Progress Report

Global Health Initiative’s Executive Director, Lois Quam, gives an update of GHI’s in-country implementation

Here at the annual Global Health Council Conference Lois Quam, Executive Director of the Obama administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), spoke of the accomplishments of the ambitious effort to improve delivery of health care for the world’s...Read More »

Muslim and Christian Perspectives on Family Planning

This guest blog was written by Lauren Van Enk of the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.

With so much recent debate over the role of foreign aid in the U.S. budget, is now the time to discuss potentially sensitive issues like family planning?

At a time like this, some in the...Read More »


Ethiopia's Families Seek a 'Model' Designation

John Donnelly finds the definition of a model family in Ethiopia

SHERA DIBANDIBAN, Ethiopia – Seventy-one kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, the country capital, two of the country’s 45,000 health extension workers said it wouldn’t be hard to find a model family among this village’s 639 families.

That’s because all 639 were...Read More »


In Libya, Bedouins Give up Own Homes to Neighbors Fleeing Violence

As the conflict in Libya rages, with government and rebel forces attacking one another, desert nomads must flee their homes.

For countless generations the Bedouin, desert nomads in Libya, have lived as one large family, collective with their harsh environment. Now as the conflict in Libya rages, with government and rebel...Read More »


Armies and Model Families: Ethiopia's Vision For Better Health

Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health discusses key health issues, like the Health Transformation Army.

It was a meeting only a global health junkie would love. But the informal talk after the meeting? That had me taking notes.

Every week, Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health brings together its top managers to discuss key...Read More »


An Opportunity We Cannot Afford to Miss

This is a re-posting of Nalini Saligram’s winning blog for the Center for Strategic and International Studies blog contest on NCDs for this month. Nalini is the Founder and CEO of Arogya World and member of the Global Health Council’s NCD Roundtable. Her winning blog addresses the following question:

What...Read More »


Recognizing Value in Longer-Term Investments in Health Worker Ed

Nursing students in Liberia receive skills to care for people with HIV and TB

For the first time in many decades, nursing students in Liberia are receiving the fundamental skills needed to competently care for people suffering from HIV, TB, malaria and other diseases that kill thousands every year in Western...Read More »


GHI.gov in Perspective

This is a guest blog by Vidal Seegobin of The Stimson Center

The president’s announced his new Global Health Initiative (GHI) nearly two years ago and ever since the public health community has been waiting for details on how the administration was going to weave together the US’ portfolio of disease...Read More »


In Ethiopia, a Celebrity Whose TB Message Sticks

Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked actor Fekadu Teklemariam to act in four PSAs on TB

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Celebrities have often latched on to global health causes in hopes of reaching broader audiences for the importance of the work, but not every celebrity succeeds. See Madonna’s recent...Read More »


The Polio Vaccine: A Dose of Prevention

“It comes back,” said Dr. John Sever, Vice Chair of Rotary International’s International PolioPlus Committee, succinctly illustrating the danger of leaving polio eradication unfinished. Dr. Sever and Dr. David Bowen, Deputy Director of Global Health Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, described the impressive achievements of...Read More »


Floods in Pakistan Expose Poverty and Malnutrition

The [floods in Pakistan drew] a significant emergency and recovery response on the part of numerous International NGOs

Last summer’s massive floods swept through and destroyed lives, houses, crop lands and road infrastructure, causing enormous suffering and damages across an area the size of Italy. The disaster has drawn a significant...Read More »


GHC Releases New Report Analyzing U.S. Global Health Policies

On March 15th, the Global Health Council released a new research report analyzing U.S. global health policies, their achievements and shortcomings; United States Global Health Policies: Gaps and Opportunities for Improvements. The 96 page report examines in detail the gaps and opportunities for improvements in the U.S. HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and...Read More »


Putting Improved Vision Within Reach of Children

 

This is a guest blog written by Priscilla VanderVeer, senior associate for APCO Worldwide.

Last month, the first step was taken to help improve the lives of the more than 100 million children in the developing world who need eyeglasses but for whom vision correction is often out of reach.

On...Read More »


In Tsunami-ravaged Town, a Gift of Hope

International Medical Corps staff finds hope amidst the devastation in a Japanese fishing village

Every job has ups and downs, but today topped all other “up” days.

Japan’s Prefectural Office of Disaster Assistance asked International Medical Corps to assess an area called Ogatsu-machi. A small fishing and oyster town of roughly 4,700...Read More »


Double Burden of Disease – on the Ground in Ecuador

This is a posting by Kelly Healy, Policy and Government Relations Intern at the Global Health Council

I just returned from a nine-day medical service trip with 28 other students from schools of public health, medicine, and international affairs through an organization called MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families...Read More »


From Black Holes to Malaria

You might think that physics doesn’t lend itself well to this endeavor, but the role of physicists on health is everywhere

As an astrophysicist, I search for the distant birth of black holes and aim to advance our fundamental understanding of the universe. However, I’ve always kept an eye on the...Read More »


New Position Papers on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

The Global Health Council recently published two new position papers on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The papers outline the burden of the diseases, cost-effective interventions, and research needs. They also state the Council’s positions on malaria and NTD policy and give specific recommendations for next steps to control...Read More »


Connecting the Maternal Health Dots in California

This is a guest blog by Ruth Landy, a strategic communication consultant based in San Francisco following global assignments with UNICEF, WHO and two global health partnerships.

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Maternal health was on the agenda here last week.

It’s more dangerous to give birth in the U.S. than in Kuwait...Read More »


Gates: Tackling TB Through Innovation

Gates notes there is “tremendous opportunity” to reduce TB morbidity and mortality

Many people think tuberculosis is a disease of the past, but this ancient epidemic remains a huge global problem. Each year there are 9 million new TB cases and 1.7 million deaths.

Yet there is a tremendous opportunity to turn...Read More »


A Funeral Exposes the Complexities of TB

The autopsy of Dumitru Stupalov reveals the connections between TB and the Moldovan prison system.

Dumitru Stupalov’s body arrived to the morgue on a Thursday, the same day he died. His autopsy was performed on Friday morning. He had spent several months at the TB Hospital in Balti battling MDR-TB under...Read More »


Repackaging Capacity Building to Achieve the MDGs

How do we set a gold standard for monitoring and evaluating capacity building?

Last week I attended the inaugural HIV Capacity Building Partners Summit in Nairobi from March 16-18, 2011. The Summit provided a timely opportunity to reflect on capacity building achievements in the region thus far, and use the lessons...Read More »


328 Million Africans Without Safe Water, But Hope Survives

This guest blog was written by Jena Nardella, co-founder and executive director of Blood:Water Mission.

Blood:Water Mission, the organization I co-founded, has been working in dozens of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a Kenyan region overlooked by governments, charities and markets. This region, the Marsabit district in the northern...Read More »


Time to Take Consumption Away from Home

Housing conditions should play a greater role in the global fight against TB, says ARCHIVE’s Peter Williams

Can we combat a centuries-old health challenge with a centuries-old strategy? Well just maybe – with a 21st century twist. The white plague, consumption and phthisis are names that history has given to the...Read More »

Without Community Organizations, MDR-TB Runs Rampant

Angela Orlov has multidrug-resistant TB and HIV but cannot get a space in the local TB hospital in Balti, Moldova.

Angela Orlov has multidrug-resistant TB and HIV and is so weak that she is often unable to get out of bed. She is thin and tired, and her health is rapidly...Read More »


Tuberculosis: Time to Re-Think

World TB Day is a reminder of the dangers of TB for those living with HIV

Marking World TB day on the 24th March will be a stark reminder that TB remains the single most important threat to the 33 million people living with HIV today.

Yet it is utter irony that...Read More »


The Golden Treatment: Staying One Step Ahead of Drug Resistance

Today, drug resistance continues to be one of the most deadly threats we face.

In the 1930s, a common disease called childbed fever went from killing 3 out of every 4 women who contracted it during childbirth to less than 1 in 20. This miraculous shift in the trajectory of an...Read More »


Responding to the Urban Challenge - World Water Day 2011

The observance of World Water Day this year with its spotlight on urban emergencies – such has the one in Haiti

The observance of World Water Day this year with its spotlight on urban emergencies, comes at a time when many humanitarian aid and relief organizations are contemplating – in some...Read More »


Treatment's Obstacles: Education and Migration

The story of Mariana Bernofsky, a TB patient and mother, in Moldova

Mariana Bernofsky (video below) lives with her husband in Balti, a small town in Northern Moldova, in a house that has been passed through the family for generations. She stays at home with their young child while he works...Read More »


New Challenges in Treating Next generation of AIDS Patients

NOTE: This is a guest blog by Dr. Rick A. Martinez of  Johnson & Johnson

I have been traveling to the Caribbean often since 2003. The trips are not for vacation, but to visit local organizations dealing each day with the HIV epidemic and its impact on the community. More to...Read More »


Keeping our Foot on the Pedal with Global Malaria Control

United States investments in global malaria control are making a difference, due in large part to the successes of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Several weeks ago, delivering the Barnes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health, USAID Administrator...Read More »


As the Health System Declined, TB Increased

The third in a series of blogs on MDR-TB in Moldova by photojournalist David Rochkind

The former TB hospital in Balti sits on the outskirts of town, unused and surrounded by overgrown foliage, far from the city’s everyday activities. Local health specialists say that it used to be a very good...Read More »


New Challenges in Treating Next Generation of AIDS Patients

NOTE: This is a guest blog by Dr. Rick A. Martinez of  Johnson & Johnson

I have been traveling to the Caribbean often since 2003. The trips are not for vacation, but to visit local organizations dealing each day with the HIV epidemic and its impact on the community. More to...Read More »


Arrival to Moldova

The second in a series of blogs on MDR-TB in Moldova by photojournalist David Rochkind

I am in Moldova to learn more about multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), a new strain of the disease that is very serious and very deadly. There are a variety of reasons that MDR-TB arises. It is easiest,...Read More »


Moldova: Fighting a Deadly Disease

The first in a series of blogs on MDR-TB in Moldova by photojournalist David Rochkind

Tuberculosis is a disease both preventable and curable. Nevertheless, it is estimated that more than 4,500 people across the globe die from the disease every day, with the numbers disproportionately high in the developing world. Multidrug-resistant...Read More »


Transforming Education to Strengthen Global Health Systems

NOTE: This is a guest blog by Homira Nassery, the HNP Knowledge, Learning, & Fragile States coordinator for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank.

The diminishing stock and shifting balance of health care workers globally has become an increasingly pressing issue that development actors are struggling to address. Hence,...Read More »


Slicing HIV DNA from Infected Human Cells

How a tiny protein could have a big impact on HIV treatment

Great strides have been made in the development of drugs to manage HIV infection. Yet significant challenges to treatment remain – especially in resource-poor settings where HIV infection rates are among the highest in the world. Lifelong treatment is...Read More »


Urge the U.S. Senate to Save Foreign Aid

ONE staffer is concerned that Congress is targeting foreign aid spending for major cuts this year

Here’s a question that 63 percent of Americans can’t answer: How much of our government spending goes toward foreign aid? The answer: less than 1 percent.

According to a recent poll, Americans believe that the government...Read More »


The Liberian Women Who Made Rape Illegal

The women from all tribes and religions in Liberia who united to common end to violence and helped exile Charles Taylor

Few people are aware that a group of women – calling themselves the Peace Women, dressed in colourful lappas (Liberian cloth), bright white t-shirts and white headscarves, were instrumental in...Read More »


When a Woman's HIV+ Husband Doesn't Want to Use a Condom

IAVI Video: The Story of Madina Nakanjako

In honor of International Women’s Day, this short video tells the story of Madina Nakanjako. Madina, a Ugandan, is dealing with an issue many women deal with: her husband is HIV positive, she is negative and he does not want to use a...Read More »


Universal Health Coverage: What’s All the Buzz About?

Note: This is a guest blog from Christina Synowiec, program associate at Results for Development Institute.

Universal Health Coverage. Still debated in the United States, the concept is taking off in countries from South Africa to India to Indonesia. Even as I write this, governments around the world are in the midst...Read More »


A Century of Celebrating Women: Paying Tribute

IWHC President Adrienne Germain celebrates extraordinary women from Asia, Africa and Latin America

On this, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, I’m moved to pay tribute to the extraordinary women from Asia, Africa and Latin America who have inspired me for 40 years. Last year, days before I landed in...Read More »


Libya: Addressing Needs of Those Affected by Deadly Clashes

International Medical Corps’ emergency response team has reached Benghazi, Libya

International Medical Corps’ emergency response team has reached Benghazi, Libya and is assessing needs of those affected by the violence as well as health structures serving the local population. The team is providing emergency medical care and distributng critcal supplies to...Read More »


What Lies Ahead for the Global Health Initiative?

Just five weeks into the job, Lois Quam arrives at a pivotal time as the first executive director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).  Fiscal Year 2012 is the fourth year of the initiative’s six-year timeframe and questions abound on funding and improving the health of women and girls, meeting...Read More »


Vanderbilt Health Forum Puts Nashville on Global Health Map

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Last week, Nashville joined Washington, New York and Seattle as an American capital of global health, at least for a day, when the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) held the third Tennessee Global Health Forum. VIGH is a member of the Global Health Council, and three...Read More »


The Future of Global Health Journalism

Journalists are trained not to become part of the story but the journalism industry’s woes have been news for several years now.

With budgets slashed and staff laid off mainstream media coverage has changed dramatically.  Fewer stories get covered at all and those that do tend to be shorter and less...Read More »


Born Female: A Non-Communicable Disease?

Jane Roberts, co-founder of 34 Million Friends of the UNFPA , on the neglected challenges of women and girls

Or at least just as nefarious, harmful, and debilitating as any NCD. The cover story on the March 6, 2010 Economist was “Gendercide: What Happened To 100 Million Missing Baby Girls?” I don’t have...Read More »

Vaccines: The Best Shot for our Health and Economy

Everyone knows that vaccines save lives, but the numbers are still impressive. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, more than five million lives were saved by vaccinations supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). With the pneumococcal, rotavirus, and HPV vaccines rolling out in many...Read More »


Vaccines: What's Your Elevator Speech?

John Donnelly reports from a Capitol Hill briefing

WASHINGTON – The question was simple. You’re on an elevator. You’re standing next to a Tea Party member of Congress. What’s your elevator speech to persuade the U.S. representative that it’s important to invest in vaccines for the developing world?

At Thursday’s packed Hill...Read More »


Pneumonia in Africa – The Silent Killer

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the communications officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Pneumonia — Africa’s silent killer — is responsible for more deaths of children under the age of 15 than AIDS and malaria...Read More »


Something Old, Something New: The Re-emergence of Mosquito-borne Diseases in Europe

2010 was a good year for mosquitoes in Europe. They managed to infect humans with the West Nile virus (WNV), dengue fevermalaria and chikungunya; diseases for which there is no vaccine and no specific treatment, diseases which were thought to be largely eliminated in continental Europe. Dr. Wim Van Bortel, from...Read More »


Highway to Asthma? New Results from a Study in Lima, Peru

Many people are aware of the traffic-related dangers of major roadways in developing countries. Road traffic injuries are the 11th leading cause of death globally, and 90 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. However, less is known about the critical link between living near highways and other...Read More »


The South African Nursing Crisis

This guest blog was written by Michelle Robinson and Jeanette Strydom of Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg. Recently, AHP published an article entitled “Addressing the South African Nursing Crisis,” which tackled some of the issues surrounding the dysfunctional nursing situation in South...Read More »


Malaria: New Challenges Ahead

Malaria experts made it clear: though control programs have made significant achievements over the past decade, continuing on the same path will not lead the world to malaria eradication.

Leaders in the malaria field convened at Harvard University to discuss how to make the shift from control to eradication at a...Read More »


Development Assistance for Health: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

No one is safe in the global recession, not even the “darlings of the donors,” as Dr. Chris Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) describes them.

As seen in IHME’s latest report: Financing Global Health 2010: Development Assistance and Country Spending in Economic Uncertainty these are the countries...Read More »


Looking for Health in the French G8 and G20 Summit Agendas

PARIS, France — France, which is hosting both the G8 and G20 in 2011, made clear last week that the G20 is ascendant, and the G8 is not, the relic of a bygone era. The signs were everywhere.

President Nicholas Sarkozy gave the third press conference of his four years in...Read More »


Is this an “AIDS Moment” for NCDs?

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are arguably one of the greatest threats to global health and economic development in the coming decades and many in the global health community are hoping the international attention devoted to NCDs will result in concrete action at the highest levels. More people die from heart and...Read More »


Our Most Popular Blogs of 2010

The blogs that were most read in this space in 2010 are an eclectic and somewhat surprising bunch. The champion as of Dec. 31, by quite a wide margin, is one on the intersection of family planning and faith. In fact, that blog has been Number 1 all year (although...Read More »


Not Another Top 10 List

What should be the hot issues in global health in 2011?

Health systems?

Vaccine development?

Maternal and child health?

HIV/AIDS?

TB?

Malaria?

Chronic diseases?

Other issues?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

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12 Health Solutions We'd Like to See More of in 2011

This blog was written by Global Health Council Policy Communications Intern Allison Kline.

How do you get the most health for your dollar? As the world tightens its belt, people and global health organizations have been focusing on how they can maximize outcomes for the lowest possible cost.

Anastasia Moloney, the Bogotá...Read More »


New GHC Report on Cancer in Developing Countries

This past summer, on the heels of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, the Global Health Council released the report, “The Burden of Cancer in Developing Countries: A Global Health Council Report on...Read More »


The Top 10 in 2010 Global Health Communication

If global health communication was characterized by anything in 2010, it was the rise of Twitter and other social media among non-profit organizations as a way of bypassing increasingly irrelevant traditional media and taking their messages directly to their target groups. From the Global Health Council, we saw more and...Read More »


Tony Blair and His Quest to Improve African government

Although Tony Blair moved out of 10 Downing Street three years ago, you wouldn’t have known it Thursday as the dapper ex-British prime minister set forth his mission of changing African governments so they work for their people in an elegant ballroom of The Fairfax Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy...Read More »


African Traditional Healers and Curing HIV/AIDS

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In South Africa, many people utilize and believe in the strength of traditional healers. There are several types — sangomas (who speak...Read More »


The Transition of Disease Burden in Africa

You might not be surprised to hear that more than 200,000 women die each year giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa and that the toll of infectious diseases is still intolerably high in that region of the world. What you might not realize is that 400,000 sub-Saharan Africans die from cancer...Read More »


Health & Climate Change: Forging a Paradigm Shift

Jade Sasser, policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, continues to guest blog for Blog4GlobalHealth from the Cancun Climate Summit in Mexico. Her reports can also be seen at Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI.

CANCUN, Mexico — Monday I attended a side event at the COP16 international climate change meetings focusing...Read More »


Beginning Today, the Promise of a World Without Meningitis

This guest blog was written by Monique Berlier, head of communications for the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership of PATH and the World Health Organization.

 

In 1996 and 1997, the largest meningitis epidemic in African history swept across sub-Saharan Africa, killing 25,000 people. For ministers of health in meningitis belt countries...Read More »


Has Progress Stalled at Cancun Climate Talks?

This week, Jade Sasser, policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, has been guest blogging for Blog4GlobalHealth from the Cancun Climate Summit in Mexico. Her reports can also be seen at Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI.

CANCUN, Mexico — Japan shocked delegates to the COP 16 Conference on Climate Change...Read More »


Cancun: Climate Change, Displacement and Migration

All this week, Jade Sasser, policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, is guest blogging for Blog4GlobalHealth from the Cancun Climate Summit in Mexico. Her reports can also be seen at Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI.

CANCUN, Mexico — Tuesday at the COP 16 climate change conference here, I attended...Read More »


Overcoming Biases for Maternal and Child Health

BARCELONA, Spain – Matres Mundi, in conjunction with the International Societies of Perinatal Medicine, hosted the First Global Congress of Maternal and Infant Health here in September. The objective of the Congress was to improve the health of mothers and children in the poorest countries by creating a dialogue between...Read More »


The Sexual Abuse of Girls: More Than "Just" Health

“Gender-based violence is a linchpin,” said Gary M. Cohen, executive vice president of Becton, Dickinson and Company. “It holds many things together, but if you pull it out things unravel.”

This “linchpin” was the subject of today’s briefing, Together for Girls: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence Against Girls. In 2002, about 150...Read More »


What are Connections Between Reproductive Health and Climate Change?

All this week, Jade Sasser, policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, will be guest blogging for Blog4GlobalHealth from the Cancun Climate Summit in Mexico. Her reports can also be seen at Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI.

CANCUN, Mexico – Monday marked the official start to proceedings of the Read More »


India: In the Forefront of Health Market Innovations

This guest blog was written by Rose Reis, a program officer at Results for Development, which coordinates the Center for Health Market Innovations network at www.HealthMarketInnovations.org.

HYDERABAD, India — Hyderabad’s nerve center for the now-national emergency telephone number 108 was a hive of activity, featuring yellow and orange chairs surrounded...Read More »


Climate Finance and Health: What's the Connection?

All this week, Jade Sasser, policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, will be guest blogging for Blog4GlobalHealth from the Cancun Climate Summit in Mexico. Her reports can also be seen at Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI.

CANCUN, Mexico - Although many express skepticism about whether a binding international treaty will be...Read More »


Putting the "M" in mHealth

This blog was written by Global Health Council Policy Communications Intern Allison Kline.

This month, the annual mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. brought together over 2,400 individuals from 50 countries representing the private sector and governmental and non-governmental organizations to discuss the application of mobile technology to public health.

The name assigned...Read More »


Powerful Multimedia Tool Uses Video to Prompt Advocacy

What do you get if you combine the video-sharing power of YouTube, the depth of information of Wikipedia and the mission-driven focus of an advocacy website? Something called ViewChange.org, as I found out when it was launched last week at the headquarters of AED, a member of the Global...Read More »


Little by Little, Indian NGOs Erode Stigma of HIV, Cancer

This blog was written by GHC  Government Relations Program Assistant Caitlin Holliday.

NEW DELHI, India — In the days following the Global Health Council stakeholder meeting on maternal, newborn and child health issues here, the GHC team decided to see how you truly “nationalize” global plans through visits to local NGOs...Read More »


Lessons From the Philippines in Citizen Control of Health Care

This blog was written by Erin Schiavone of Abt Associates, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, where she supports Health Systems 20/20, USAID’s global health project working to strengthen health systems in developing countries.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Can citizens improve the quality of health care in their community? What mechanisms are necessary...Read More »


The Secret of HIV Immunity Among Kenyan Sex Workers

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In the last two decades, there have been numerous reports of a group of commercial sex workers in Nairobi’s Majengo red-light district who...Read More »


No One Wants Your Unused Viagra: How Medical Donations Can be More Trouble Than Help

Every year, companies and private individuals donate tons of drugs and medical equipment with the aim of helping people who lack access to medication and care and/or people struck by a disaster. While it is true that the needed drugs and medical supplies can and often do save lives, unregulated...Read More »


Global "Indian" Strategy for Women’s, Children's Health

The writer is Smita Baruah, the director of Government Relations of the Global Health Council.

NEW DELHI, India — The Global Health Council wasted no time in fostering discussions on how to nationalize the U.N. Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health to the Indian context. On Tuesday, about 50 individuals...Read More »


Whoonga: The Cruelest Drug of South African Slums

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — “Whoonga” is a new, deadly drug which is slowly becoming common in South African slums. It was first reported in Durban...Read More »


Neglected Tropical Diseases Gaining Attention

Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report, Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases. It is the WHO’s first comprehensive report on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of debilitating infections that affect the poorest of the poor. Historically, NTDs have not received...Read More »


Another Kind of “Building Block”: The Role of Architects in Global Health

DENVER, Colorado – In sessions filled with clinicians, health educators, program implementers, and policy makers, the last person I expected to meet at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association was an architect. Yet, Christine Kiefer is just that – an architect from the University of Washington who...Read More »


Integrating Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Services in South Africa

DENVER, Colorado – At the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association here last week, one of the sessions focused on best practices for integrating care to improve health in low-income countries, which was very timely given the global health community’s renewed interest in integrated programming. During this...Read More »


Advocacy, Action and Accountability: Implementing the Global Strategy

NEW DELHI, India — The theme of the 2010 Partners’ Forum on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health held here last week was the three As — Advocacy (advocating for more resources and policy changes), Action (implementing the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health) and Accountability (ensuring that pledges and commitments have been met).

The...Read More »


Rhone Rangers Take Aim at World’s Leading Child Killer

Ruth Landy is a communication consultant and wine fan now based in San Francisco, following varied assignments on five continents.

SAN FRANCISCO, California — How often can you buy a glass of wine and save a life? At a hip San Francisco event space Tuesday evening, a wine-loving crowd did just...Read More »


Ted Turner and Bill Gates: How They See Mobile Health

WASHINGTON, DC — Two legendary technological and philanthropic innovators with decidedly different styles — Ted Turner and Bill Gates — spoke Tuesday to the 2010 mHealth Summit, the world’s biggest gathering of practitioners, researchers and advocates seeking to marry wireless technologies and health care. Both saw huge potential in...Read More »


The Challenge of Scaling up Human Resources for Health

This is guest blog by Aarthi Rao, a program associate at Results for Development, the co-host of a briefing at the Global Health Council yesterday.

Will the renewed attention on Human Resources for Health (HRH) gaps spur the global health policy community to meet this need?

It’s a tough question that a...Read More »


Where is Global Health at the Seoul G20 Summit?

Next week, the very first G20 Summit in a non-G8 country takes place in Seoul, South Korea. Up until now, the G20 has not been a champion of international development or of global health. So will these two issues come out any better at the Seoul Summit when it is...Read More »


Learning AIDS Vaccine Lessons from Beth Waters' Legacy

This blog was written by GHC Policy Communications Intern Katrina Overland.

The third annual Beth Waters Memorial Lecture focused on an issue Beth Waters herself was a fierce supporter of AIDS vaccine research and advocacy. This year’s featured speaker, Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, delivered an engaging and passionate lecture...Read More »


Two Continents, One AIDS Epidemic

The speakers talked about a society with an AIDS epidemic driven by a devaluation of girls and women, young people denied evidence-based sex education, parents in denial about their children’s behavior and religious leaders who sometimes do more harm than good.

They were talking about sub-Saharan Africa.

And they were also talking...Read More »


Making Mothers and Children Healthier Through Nutrition

This guest blog was written by Aaron Emmel, government affairs officer at PATH.

Almost 80 people packed the Global Health Council’s conference room last week, with 63 more listening in online, to learn about new initiatives to strengthen maternal, newborn, and child health by improving nutrition. The briefing was held in conjunction with...Read More »


Providing health insurance for the poor

This is a guest blog by Erin Schiavone of Abt Associates Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, where she supports Health Systems 20/20, USAID’s global health project working to strengthen health systems in developing countries.

 

WASHINGTON — What brings Washington’s global health professionals out of their offices on a cold rainy afternoon? For...Read More »


A Global Health Postcard From the Edge of the Bay

This is a guest blog by Ruth Landy, who is a strategic communication consultant based in San Francisco following assignments with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the GAVI Alliance and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — So what do the world’s global health challenges look...Read More »


Women heroes of conservation also improving health

Last week, I went to an event on Capitol Hill that had nothing to do with global health, at least not on the surface. “Women Heroes of Global Conservation” honored six women from around the world who had done extraordinary things to save the planet.

(See a three-minute video of the...Read More »


South African Mining Industry Recognizes its Key Role in TB/HIV Fight

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — You may think that the title says it all, “The Global Business Coalition Conference on TB, HIV/TB Co-infection and Global Fund Partnership,” but there’s more. Tuesday’s first session, “Lesson’s From the Mining Industry: Turning the Tide on TB/HIV” went deeper into the role of the mining...Read More »


South Africa Leads the Way in Health and Development

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Representatives from the private and non-profit sectors, foundations, academia, multilateral organizations, U.S. government, numerous ministries of health and more descended on South Africa this week in the name of global health. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Global Business Coalition Conference on TB, HIV-TB Co-infection...Read More »


IMA World Health's First 50 years

WASHINGTON, DC — When the earthquake hit Haiti Jan. 12, Rick Santos, president and CEO of IMA World Health, and two IMA colleagues were trapped under the rubble of the Hotel Montana in the hills overlooking Port-au-Prince for two days. They weren’t sure they would make it out. You can...Read More »


The Importance of Impact Evaluation

NEW YORK, NY – The UN Summit in New York 2010 featured numerous sessions that described many new advances, interventions and solutions that are contributing to achieving the eight universally accepted Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One event, hosted by the World Bank brought forward the importance of impact evaluation by showing growing...Read More »


The Implications for National Health Insurance in South Africa

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member of GHC based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa —The African National Congress’ National General Council recently decided that South Africa will launch its own National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme in 2012...Read More »


Diabetes is on the Rise in Africa

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member of GHC based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Experts predict that diabetes is set to become a huge health issue in Africa in coming years. The WHO and the International...Read More »


Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Maternal and Child Health

This guest blog was written by Aaron Emmel, government affairs officer, and Arianna Levitus, policy and advocacy associate,  both with PATH.

WASHINGTON, DC — Smita Baruah, director of government relations at the Global Health Council, introduced a briefing on Capitol Hill Monday by saying that she hoped the discussion on public-private...Read More »


GAVI Alliance and the Power of Vaccines

NEW YORK, NY – Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-general of the World Health Organization in a high level panel hosted by GAVI, UNICEF and the Government of Kenya as part of the United Nations MDG Summit  said that “vaccines are the best buy in public health”.

The GAVI Alliance was created in 2000 to...Read More »


Stories of HIV, Stigma and an Innovative Testing Campaign in Kenya

NOTE: This is a guest blog by Peter Cleary, communications and public relations director for Vestergaard Frandsen, a member organization of GHC, based in New York.

NEW YORK, NY — In Kakamega, Kenya, to be HIV positive before September 2008 meant to be shunned, to get sicker with little access to treatment...Read More »


“The Cinderella of Global Health”

SEATTLE, Washington – So eloquently stated by Columbia University public health professor Ezra Susser, “Mental health is both the most neglected and the most beautiful field in global health.”

Upon attending the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) meeting in Seattle this past week, I was struck by several things:...Read More »


What Does Wine Have to do with Fighting Pneumonia?

NEW YORK, NY — In June, New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov started his wine column with a joke: “What’s the difference between a case of syrah and a case of pneumonia? You can get rid of the pneumonia.”

That column, which analyzed why American Syrah had never taken...Read More »


What is Required to Meet the Health MDGs?

NOTE: This is a guest blog by Eric Williams of Physicians for Human Rights and Sam Hindels of AMREF USA.

NEW YORK, NY — On Sunday, the Global Health Council, AMREF USA, PHR and five other partner organizations hosted a lively discussion here on the eve of the Millennium Development Goals...Read More »


Dazzling Media Event Shows World With Healthier Children is Within Reach

NEW YORK, NY — This morning, on the opening day of the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), I participated in an awe-inspiring media and educational event organized by TEDxChange, a collaboration between TEDx and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda Gates said it was the...Read More »


How Global Health Initiative Can Boost Foreign Assistance Reform

Note: This blog of the Global Health Council was originally posted to the ModernizeAidthe blog of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network as the first of a new blog series hosted by the Network.

On May 5, 2009, President Obama announced a six-year, $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) which called...Read More »


A Pan-African Malaria Success Story Revealed

WASHINGTON, DC — As a young development worker in Mali 20 years ago, I used to engage in high-risk behavior on a fairly regular basis. I slept in villages all over Mali — from the Sahara Desert in the north to the Niger River Delta and Dogon Country in the...Read More »


Vaccines for a New Generation

Got ideas? Gates could fund it.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded an initiative call Grand Challenges Exploration that pushes scientists and researchers to develop innovative methods to address the burden of infectious diseases in the developing world. This initiative encourages both innovation of science and delivery.

During a recent...Read More »


Keeping a Better Watch Over Maternal, Newborn, Child Health

This is a guest blog written by Arianna Levitus, policy and advocacy associate with PATH, one of the sponsors of the event held today.

WASHINGTON, DC — “This is a pivotal month, in a pivotal year, when the world will take stock of promises made to women and children,” Sallie Craig...Read More »


A Growing Threat of Communicable Disease in Pakistan

This week marks approximately one month after devastating floods raged through Pakistan, killing more than 1,600 people. Nearly 18 million people have been affected by the floods; over 6 million need access to humanitarian assistance, including food, water, housing and health care. Approximately one-fifth of the country is still underwater...Read More »


Researchers Working Together?

VIENNA, Austria – The 2010 International AIDS Conference fostered interesting discussion and debate on issues related to HIV/AIDS. One compelling and lively debate focused on the topic of equity in the relationship between researchers from developing countries and those from high-income countries. While noting that each relationship is different and...Read More »


Hope for Microbicides

VIENNA, Austria – The nature of scientific research is iterative and incremental – adding to the evidence base, moving a step forward here and there. But not all steps are created equal and every so often the next step is downright exciting.

HIV/AIDS has had a few of those exciting steps:...Read More »


Voice for TB Grows Louder at IAC But Still There’s Progress to be Made

VIENNA, Austria – TB advocates from around the world organized at this year’s International AIDS Conference in Vienna to make a point.  TB is still a serious issue, not just for people living with HIV, although it does kill one in four people living with HIV, but as a serious...Read More »


A Proven HIV Strategy is Overshadowed by an Unproven One

VIENNA, Austria – Much of the excitement at the just-concluded AIDS conference here centered around the news of microbicidal trials that have shown to be almost 40% effective. While this is exciting and encouraging news, we are still years away from having this product on the market. Meanwhile, there is a...Read More »


AIDS Activists Need New Tactics to Win Friends

VIENNA, Austria — In the history of AIDS, the activists deserve a place of honor for their persistence in pushing governments and donors to do more than they would have done on their own — or not done as fast — to the great benefit of the poor and vulnerable...Read More »


"Helping Babies Breathe": A Crucial Step Towards MDG 4

Helping Babies Breathe Kit

Note: This is a guest blog written by Louisa Stuewe, an intern in the Policy Communications Department at the Global Health Council.

WASHINGTON, DC — “Helping Babies Breathe” could change the fate of the estimated 4 million newborn deaths every year. Optimism descended on the 37th Annual International Conference on Global...Read More »


Product Development, Delivery Bottleneck: A Follow-up Report from GHC Research Symposium

This June, the Global Health Council published a new report, Product Development, Delivery Bottleneck: A Follow-up Report from the Global Health Council’s Research Symposium. The report is the product of the Global Health Council’s Research Symposium, which was held on May 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. The product delivery process is...Read More »


Understanding the Burden of Cancer in Developing Countries

In June, the Global Health Council published the Executive Summary of the upcoming report, Understanding the Burden of Cancer in Developing Countries. The report is part of the Council’s Cancer Advocacy and Learning Initiative, a project to raise awareness about the burden of cancer in developing countries and to develop policy,...Read More »


Community Case Management of Childhood Pneumonia

In June, the Global Health Council published a new research report on community case management (CCM) of childhood pneumonia. Pneumonia is the leading cause of mortality among children under the age of 5 years, resulting in more than 2 million deaths each year. Community case management of childhood pneumonia is...Read More »


Border Health: Challenges on Frontier of Health and HIV/AIDS

In June, the Global Health Council published a new report Border Health: Challenges on the Frontier of Health and HIV/AIDS, which examines the unique health challenges at borders and their neighboring regions. Today, more than 2 million people cross international borders every day, contributing to the spread of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS,...Read More »


Sustainability: Getting Beyond the Financial Kind in Maternal Health

NOTE: This article is written by Steven Chapman, senior vice president and chief technical officer of PSI, who leads PSI’s efforts to improve the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and equity of its interventions, and is taken from the July 2010 issue of “Impact, the magazine of PSI.

On April 10, The Lancet...Read More »


One Global Health Advocate's View of the Canadian Summits

TORONTO, Canada — It’s been a raucous three days here at the overlapping G8 and G20 Canadian summits. Those of us who work in global health were all hoping and expecting a major announcement on maternal and child health and we got it, but it happened in ways that may influence how global health fares...Read More »


A Complicated Delivery: G8 Commitment to Maternal and Child Health

This is a guest blog of Amy Boldosser, senior program officer for Global Advocacy for Family Care International, a member organization of the Council, who is covering the G8 in Toronto.

TORONTO, Canada — The first day of the G8 Summit on Friday answered some of the questions that maternal, newborn and child...Read More »


Most NGOs Less than Delighted with Muskoka Initiative

TORONTO, Canada — The global health community’s reaction to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement yesterday of “The Muskoka Inititive,” a $7.3 billion commitment towards maternal, newborn and child health ($5 billion from the G8; $2.3 billion from other countries and the Gates and United Nations foundations) was predictably mixed,...Read More »


1.7 Million Come to Harper's Table Asking for Change

This is a guest blog of Amy Boldosser, senior program officer for Global Advocacy for Family Care International, a member organization of the Council, who is covering the G8 and G20 in Toronto.

TORONTO, Canada — 1,744,128 voices can’t be wrong.

Civil society organizations from across Canada and six continents today invited...Read More »


As Canadian Summits Open, NGOs Have Mixed Feelings

TORONTO, Canada — As world leaders arrive in Canada for the twin G8 and G20 summits, NGOs who advocate for global health have decidedly mixed feelings about the annual gatherings of world leaders.

On the one hand, we are excited that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pushing for a $1 billion...Read More »


The Power of Data to Save Lives of Women and Children

This is a guest blog from Ruth Landy, a longtime advocate for women’s and children’s health, working for UNICEF, WHO, the GAVI Alliance and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The power of data to illuminate trends and save lives was on show at the Read More »


Sense of Positive Energy Palpable at Women Deliver

This is a guest blog from Ruth Landy, a longtime advocate for women’s and children’s health, working for UNICEF, WHO, the GAVI Alliance and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

WASHINGTON, DC — A rainbow nation descended Monday on a sprawling convention center here to learn, share and galvanize...Read More »


Prevention or treatment: A false dichotomy?

Dina Mikdadi holds a Masters in International Health Policy from NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She previously earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from SUNY Albany and is currently interning at the Global Health Council.

With only a slight increase in the President’s Emergency Fund for...Read More »


WHA is Challenging but Critical Venue for Global Health

GENEVA, Switzerland — Last week I participated in my first World Health Assembly (WHA) and I’ve been thinking about the difference it made, how the Global Health Council fits in and whether the ends justify the considerable effort.

The WHA, the world’s highest health policy-setting body, is the mechanism through which the World Health...Read More »


Counterfeit Medications: Who Should Police Them?

This is a guest blog of Rachel Irwin, PhD candidate of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a research assistant at the London School of Economics and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the 2010 World Health Assembly.

FRIDAY UPDATE TO BLOG POST BELOW: After several round...Read More »


Can We Have an Extension to Meet the MDGs?

This is a guest blog by Dr. Inon Schenker, a former staff member of the World Health Organization (WHO), founding chair of the Jerusalem AIDS Project and current senior HIV/AIDS prevention specialist and global health consultant who is assisting in technology transfer and health leadership in Africa. Dr. Schenker...Read More »


Code Emerges From Sausage-making Machine

This guest blog was written by Dr. Amy Hagopian, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington; senior health workforce policy advisor at Health Alliance International; and member of the international section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hagopian is a member of the Global Health...Read More »


Pot. Kettle. Black.

This is a guest blog of Rachel Irwin, PhD candidate of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a research assistant at the London School of Economics and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the 2010 World Health Assembly.

GENEVA, Switzerland – On Tuesday, Committee A voted...Read More »


Professor Sachs Doesn't Mince Words; He Shouts

This is a guest blog from Andrew E. Barrer, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the 2010 World Health Assembly.

GENEVA, Switzerland – Professor Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special advisor to the...Read More »


No help from State Dept. on Health Personnel Code

This guest blog was written by Dr. Amy Hagopian, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington; senior health workforce policy advisor at Health Alliance International; and member of the international section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hagopian is a member of the Global Health...Read More »


Debate Stalls Progress on Health Personnel Code

This guest blog was written by Dr. Amy Hagopian, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington; senior health workforce policy advisor at Health Alliance International; and member of the international section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hagopian is a member of the Global Health...Read More »


New Development on Health Personnel at WHA

This guest blog was written by Dr. Amy Hagopian, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington; senior health workforce policy advisor at Health Alliance International; and member of the international section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hagopian is a member of the Global...Read More »


And the Winner is … GHESKIO

This is a guest blog by John Donnelly of Burness Communications from the World Assembly in Geneva.

GENEVA, Switzerland – Global Health President and CEO Jeffrey L. Sturchio announced Monday night that the Haitian health organization GHESKIO was the tenth winner of the Gates Award for Global Health.

Standing on a stage in...Read More »


What the London School Did with a Million Dollars

This is a guest blog written by John Donnelly of Burness Communications from the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

GENEVA, Switzerland – So what if your group wins the $1 million Gates Award for Global Health? How do you spend all that money? That’s what people really want to know.

Check out the...Read More »


WHA Takes up Contentious Issue of Virus-sharing

This is a guest blog of Rachel Irwin, PhD candidate of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a research assistant at the London School of Economics and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the 2010 World Health Assembly.

GENEVA, Switzerland – Committee A of the World...Read More »


Gates Award Winner is Call to Action for Other NGOs

This is a guest blog from Andrew E. Barrer, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the 2010 World Health Assembly.

This afternoon at the World Health Assembly, the Global Health Council held an event that included the announcement...Read More »


In Geneva, Increasing Concerns About Commitment to Universal Access

This is a guest blog from Dr. Jose M. Zuniga, president and CEO of International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, who is in Geneva for the World Health Assembly.

As a healthcare professional long in the tooth as far as advocacy for prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis, it can...Read More »


World Health Assembly Opens; Big Vote Tuesday on Health Personnel

This guest blog was written by Dr. Amy Hagopian, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington; senior health workforce policy advisor at Health Alliance International; and member of the international section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hagopian is a member of the Global...Read More »


Helping Babies Breathe: A New Infant Resuscitation Curriculum

On Wednesday, Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) launched their new website: www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org. The program is a new initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and many others to develop and implement an evidence-based neonatal resuscitation curriculum in developing countries. One of the goals of HBB is to ensure that every delivery...Read More »


Presidential Study Directive-7: Good Start But More Work Needed

Until Tuesday, the PSD was just PSD — a mysterious acronym rumored to outline what the Obama Administration thought United States foreign assistance policy should look like. But with the leak of the draft Presidential Study Directive-7, we now know a little more about what the administration has in mind.  We...Read More »


Spurring Innovation in AIDS Vaccine Development

The following is a guest blog from Dianne Stewart, vice president for Resource Mobilization at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Tim Ravenscroft reflected on the lessons he’s learned during decades in the pharmaceutical, biotech and HIV/AIDS fields at a recent Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus briefing on...Read More »


Civil Society Starting to Assert its Role in Accountability

This is a guest blog written by Hannah Fishman of Burness Communications.

“One thing is certain: When medicines aren’t available, people will die.”

So said Dennis Kibira March 29 at an event, “Civil Society: A Missing Link in Development, ” the first event of a series co-hosted by the Global Health...Read More »


Breaking New Ground in the Fight Against TB

This guest blog was written by Dr. Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, a Council member, and Dr. Ray Woosley, president and CEO of the Critical Path Institute.

For those of us in the field of developing and delivering anti-tuberculosis drugs, World TB Day...Read More »


In Creating Link Between Climate and Health, Hope Survives

This blog was written by Council Intern Analise Polsky, who is a graduate student in public health at George Washington University.

The resignation of UN Climate Chief Yvo de Boer last month symbolized the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference to many people.  Although De Boer has made no reference...Read More »


Taking Gender Equality to the United Nations

Monday is International Corporate Philanthropy Day and the United Nations is marking it by getting a few hundred people from various sectors together to talk about how philanthropy can be engaged to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. See U.N. press release.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will kick off the...Read More »


Past the Expiration Date: Drug Wastage in Uganda

A myriad of factors prevent people from accessing life-saving medications in developing countries. Prohibitive drug costs, ineffective supply chains, mismanagement of drug supply, difficulties in forecasting local needs, and drug wastage all contribute to this problem. This week, an article published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization examined the expiry...Read More »


Hidden Consequences of Tobacco Consumption

This is the first of a series of posts on cancer and health in developing countries as part of the Global Health Council’s new cancer initiative. For more information on our new cancer project, please email research@globalhealth.org.

Cancer, emphysema, chronic pulmonary disease, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, shortness of breath…. these are the...Read More »


Bringing Faith Back into the Family Planning Conversation

The following post was submitted by Lauren Van Enk of the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.

When you think of faith-based organizations (FBOs) and family planning what comes to mind?  Chances are it’s not that:

  • FBOs are providing over 40% of healthcare services in some developing countries.[1]
  • FBOs have been expanding...Read More »

Are Dr. Shah's Elbows Sharp Enough to Succeed at USAID?

This post was written by Legislative Associate Chris Bennett.

With the ascension of Dr. Rajiv Shah to the top job at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the obvious next question is how effective will he be? For months the development community has been clamoring for a nominee to lead...Read More »


Will Secretary Clinton Help Align the Stars for Reproductive Health?

In September last year in Berlin, I attended an NGO forum on the the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development trying to figure out how to achieve the ICPD targets on universal access to reproductive health. I met several people who had been delegates to the 1994 Cairo...Read More »


Tackling the Unmentionable in Ghana

TAKORADI, Ghana —  “We know we have many walls in our way, but we just have to keep trying, and eventually we see change,” a peer educator  who works with men who have sex with men (MSM)  told me at Maritime Life Precious Foundation (MLPF) when I visited their program here...Read More »


What Can be Done to Ensure Vaccines for Children?

HANOI, Vietnam — The 4th Partners Forum on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) concluded Nov. 19, on the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations was established nearly 10 years ago to accelerate the availability of vaccines and...Read More »


Promoting Health Benefits of Clean Energy at White House

Our blog post yesterday (see next post below) focused on the close links between population, women and climate change in developing countries, as documented in UNFPA’s new State of the World Population 2009 report released on Wednesday.

Today I spent the better part of the day in the White House focusing...Read More »


After the Hype, Copenhagen Provides Cold Reminder of Political Reality

The following is a special guest blog by Leo Bryant, advocacy manager for Marie Stopes International of the United Kingdom, a member organization of the Global Health Council, from the 15th UN Climate Change Conference (COP15). The opinions expressed here are solely his own and not necessarily those of...Read More »


The Case for Removing Barriers to Intregating HIV, Family Planning

Today in RH Reality Check – an online community and publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights – the Global Health Council’s President and CEO Dr. Jeffery L. Sturchio made a case for removing the barriers to full integration of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health services –...Read More »


Unexpected Linkages: Family Planning and the Environment

Global Health Council Research Associate Rachel Hampton traveled to the International Conference on Family Planning in Kampala, Uganda. This is the third of her posts from the conference.

KAMPALA, Uganda – What do conservation projects have to do with family planning? It was this question that crossed my mind while skimming...Read More »


Empowered Women Can Improve Climate

WASHINGTON — “Family planning, reproductive health care and gender relations could influence the future course of climate change and affect how humanity adapts to rising seas, worsening storms and severe droughts.” I bet you haven’t heard much about that in all of the recent discourse on global warming and climate...Read More »


Is Reproductive Health Making Headlines in Africa?

Global Health Council Research Associate Rachel Hampton is at the International Conference on Family Planning in Kampala, Uganda.This is the second of her posts from the conference.

KAMPALA, Uganda – On my first morning in here, I bought a copy of the Sunday Vision, the sister paper of Uganda’s leading weekly newspaper,...Read More »


New Contraceptive Technologies Highlight Uganda Conference

Global Health Council Research Associate Rachel Hampton is at the International Conference on Family Planning in Kampala, Uganda. This is the first of her posts from the conference.

KAMPALA, Uganda – Family planning is often heralded as one of the top ten health achievements of the 21st Century. Contraceptives play a major...Read More »


Malaria and the MDGs

Global Health Council Research Associate Lillian Benjamin is at the 5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the second of her posts from the conference.

NAIROBI, Kenya — While Millennium Development Goal Six (MDG 6) is dedicated to malaria, it is not the only MDG that is impacted by...Read More »


IPT - Not Just for Pregnant Women Anymore

Global Health Council Research Associate Lillian Benjamin is at the 5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the first of her posts from the conference.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT), the administration of a full course of an antimalarial drug as a therapeutic dose,  has widely been...Read More »


Investing in Girls Health: Starting at Age 10 is Too Late

The following posting is by Sara Friedman and Hourig Babikian. The opinions expressed in the posting are solely theirs and not necessarily that of the Global Health Council.  This is the first of four postings from Friedman and Babikian on the subject of girls in development from a gender perspective.

Earlier this month,...Read More »


The Future of Development Assistance

WASHINGTON - Representatives from non-governmental organizations, corporations, various U.S. government agencies and Capitol Hill packed into the Grand Ballroom at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the first public dialogue with the leadership of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).  The panel discussion was moderated by Judy Woodruff, senior...Read More »


Childhood Immunizations: Successes Evident; Equity Gaps Clear

WASHINGTON – More than 100 million infants worldwide are now receiving the key immunizations they need to survive before their first birthday every year.

There is great cause for celebration for the lives saved by this remarkable achievement, which was reported to a standing-room only crowd at the National Press Club...Read More »


AIDS Orphans Find a Ghanaian Home

ACCRA, Ghana — The hearts of the members of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Advisory Board were touched today when they visited the AIDS orphans and the HIV-positive adults cared for by the staff of the Pathfinders Outreach Ministry, a Ghanaian non-governmental organization working and struggling with minimum resources in...Read More »


Ambassador Goosby takes on Tough Questions in Dialogue at State Department

Between meetings at the UN General Assembly in New York and a trip to Uganda to meet with President Yoweri Museveni, Ambassador Eric Goosby took center stage at the State Department on Friday in front of more than 100 advocates, implementers and experts. With growing concern about ARV stock-outs, increasing...Read More »


G20 Ends with Little Focus on Health

PITTSBURGH — Tonight marked the end of a whirlwind week for leaders and advocates. Between events at the UN in New York and the G20 in Pittsburgh, much ground has been covered. Unfortunately, global health was not a focal point of the leaders’  discussions, particularly at the G20 Summit here.

Economic...Read More »


NGOs Bring Perseverance, Creativity, Spunk to G20

PITTSBURGH — This city was atwitter this week as civil society descended upon it to highlight global health, the environment and poverty eradication in the lead-up to the G20. But along with the press conferences and briefings were a number of interesting events crafted to create media buzz around the issues.

The...Read More »


The World Has a Billion Hungry People

PITTSBURGH — One BILLION people struggle with chronic hunger each year, according to Save the Children. Yet food security is likely to play second fiddle to the more sensational issues of the economy and climate change at the G20. People who are hungry are less productive, and more susceptible to...Read More »


Global Health Not Evident on G20 Agenda

PITTSBURGH — The G20 Summit opened here today with the focus understandably on the global economic crisis and climate change but with almost no attention given to global health.

At the Washington G20 Summit in November 2008, leaders reaffirmed their comittment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including MDGs 4,5...Read More »


Ministers, First Ladies, Donors Tackle Women’s Health at U.N.

NEW YORK — Tents, high-profile addresses and protests might have taken the media’s center stage during the U.N. General Assembly this week, but participants at two meetings on the sidelines of the assembly committed themselves to ensuring the world’s women would no longer be sidelined themselves on health outcomes.

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Global Health Connections to G20 Agenda

When the G20 leaders meet in Pittsburgh next week, they are apparently not focusing on global health they way they should. But they are dealing with many issues that are impacted by, and which impact, global health — issues like the global economic crisis, food security and climate change. “Health...Read More »


Role of Philanthropy in Filling the Gaps

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser traveled to Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is eighth report.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Dr. Rowland Swazi, manager of the Tanzanian government’s National AIDS Control Programme (NACO) has seen plenty of private money flow through this country for health...Read More »


Welcoming a Comprehensive, Integrated Approach

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the seventh of his reports.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – From the grassroots to the large organizations here in Tanzania or in Zambia, the answers have been similar: an integrated, coordinated,...Read More »


Cross-Cutting Benefits, Lessons of HIV/AIDS Investments

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the sixth of his reports.

ARUSHA, Tanzania – Anna Aron, 36, might not have been thinking about the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) or President Obama’s Global Health...Read More »


Program Shows Building Sustainability Goes Beyond Health

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the fifth of his reports.

KARATU, Tanzania – A family recently called 41-year-old taxi driver Max J. Sikoyo at about midnight. An HIV-positive woman was suffering from an opportunistic infection and...Read More »


Berlin Delegates Demand Acceleration of ICPD

BERLIN, Germany – Four hundred delegates from 130 countries released a final version of the “Berlin Call to Action” this morning after two days of discussion at the NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development that is following up on the historic International Conference on Population & Development...Read More »


Challenges of reaching the rural population

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the fourth of his reports.

LUSAKA, Zambia – Euphrasiah Monze, Danford Makayi, Deborah Mubashi, Mutale Masenga and Dr. Mary Ngoma work at different programs, in different health sectors, from different funders...Read More »


North-South Split Brewing on MDG Language

BERLIN, Germany – Spirited discussion around the “Berlin Call to Action” now being drafted at this NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development is heating up. It seems that the debate on the extent to which Millennium Development Goal (MDG) advocacy language should be incorporated into the ICPD...Read More »


Another Aligning of the Stars in Reproductive Health?

BERLIN, Germany – At the first plenary session this morning, here at the NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development observing the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, a speaker who participated in ICPD in Cairo in 1992 recalled how the stars had aligned that...Read More »


Where Are We with the ICPD?

BERLIN, Germany — In September 1994, some 11,000 delegates from 179 countries gathered in Cairo, Egypt to call for universal access to a package of basic reproductive health services and other specific measures to foster human development, with a particular focus on girls and women, with specific targets set for 2015....Read More »


Successes in Training Community-Based Caregivers Provide Lessons on Service Expansion, Tracking, Referrals

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the third of his reports.
 
LUSAKA, Zambia – Five bicycles sit underneath a tree outside the Chitentabunga Basic School in a rural, farm-based community – the proud owners are sitting inside the...Read More »

Integrated Child Health Program Launched, but With Challenges

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the second of his reports. 

LUSAKA, Zambia – Catherine Mukuka, Josephine Nyambe and their colleagues at the Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project (IYCN) have big plans when it comes to training...Read More »


Economic Situation, Corruption Allegations Trouble Zambian Advocate

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the first of his reports. 

LUSAKA, Zambia – Winstone Zulu has been at the forefront of discussions on health issues here for years, and he is worried. Zulu was diagnosed with polio...Read More »


While Crickets Chirp in USAID Administrator’s Office, UN Names Another Sterling Health Leader

BY Laura Barnitz

Paul Farmer’s appointment as U.N. deputy special envoy for Haiti is very, very good news for Haiti, but could it also be a bad sign for the Obama Administration’s willingness to strengthen and improve U.S. health programs in the developing world? The news of Farmer’s appointment follows very closely...Read More »


Markets Have Important Role in Delivering Malaria Treatment

Last Thursday, we saw an interesting piece in The Guardian, the well-regarded British newspaper, on the challenges of providing malaria treatment in Africa to those that need it.  We thought Sarah Boseley, the Guardian health editor, documented well the dire lack of Coartem malaria treatment in much of Uganda. But...Read More »


9th ICAAP Comes to a Close

GHC Legislative and Outreach Coordinator Duncan Rollason will be blogging all week from the (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia. Here is his fifth report:

BALI, Indonesia — Television news corespondent and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador James Chau chaired the final plenary of the 9th ICAAP in unique fashion.  As an interviewer he added an energetic...Read More »


IDU and MSM at ICAAP

GHC Legislative and Outreach Coordinator Duncan Rollason will be blogging all week from the (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia. Here is his fourth report:

BALI, Indonesia — Although my site visits to the methadone clinic and voluntary counseling and testing site were cancelled today I was still able to gain a better sense of...Read More »


Human Rights at ICAAP

GHC Legislative and Outreach Coordinator Duncan Rollason will be blogging all week from the (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia. Here is his third report:

BALI, Indonesia —Community dialogue has taken us beyond the funding structures and coordinating mechanisms to address the primary reason WHY we are here this week.  Echoed by attendees, panelists...Read More »


Global Fund is One of Many Topics at ICAAP

GHC Legislative and Outreach Coordinator Duncan Rollason will be blogging all week from the (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia. Here is his second report:

BALI, Indonesia — The first day of sessions at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific has come to a close.  It was quite a...Read More »


Many Voices Unite at Asia AIDS Conference

GHC Legislative and Outreach Coordinator Duncan Rollason will be blogging all week from the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia. Here is his first report:

BALI, Indonesia — After months of anticipation and more than 36 hours of travel, I am here with...Read More »


Research Triangle Continues to Shine as Global Health Hub

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Community leaders, educators, global health experts and researchers descended upon the Fed Ex Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for a conversation about family planning and the Millennium Development Goals.  The panel discussion, moderated by Maurice Middleberg, Vice President for...Read More »


Global Health Council’s Policy Agenda

On May 26, 2009 at GHC’s Annual International Conference, Director of Government Relations Smita Baruah presented the 2009-2010 policy agenda. The goal of the presentation was to garner member feedback about GHC’s direction and priorities, and to discuss ways in which members can be involved over the coming year.

The overall...Read More »


Photo of the Week

International Medical Corps instituted a water, sanitation and hygiene campaign that targeted children as a catalyst for change in their households. Reaching out to kids ages 6-14, the campaign taught children responsible for collecting their families’ water how to purify it using water sachets. By the end of the campaign, approximately 5,300 children – both in and out of school – knew how to purify water for their families.

By Johnny Kambi, flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/35950625@N07/3324431776/in/pool-2009photocontest

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Hearing for Dr. Goosby as Global AIDS Coordinator Short but Significant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s confirmation hearing on Tuesday for Dr. Eric Goosby as Global AIDS Coordinator might not have lasted 30 minutes, but the topics raised are of monumental importance as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was implemented under a new law (the Lantos-Hyde Leadership Act)...Read More »


President Obama Talks Global Health Policy in Ghana

I just watched President Obama’s Speech to Ghana’s Parliament. A solid and pointed speech. The President reiterated his call for a comprehensive global health strategy as part of this Global Health Initiative.

Politico has a recount and video clips of the speech:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/24801.html

Here is the Global Health Council’s release on the...Read More »


Final Thoughts from L'Aquila

L’AQUILA, Italy — I found out only a week ago that I was coming to Italy to promote global health for the Global Health Council. I know global health and I know communications but I know little about the G8, and even less about how to budge this immense geo-politico-media...Read More »


President Obama’s Trip to Ghana

In light of President Obama’s trip to Ghana on Friday, organizations with vested interest in Africa gathered yesterday at the Institute for Policy Studies to hold a public briefing and press conference to discuss U.S. policy issues in Africa including global health, peace and security and agriculture.  The event was moderated...Read More »


G8 Talks the Talk But Does Not Meet Prior Pledges

L’AQUILA, Italy — The G8 released its communiqué on health, water and sanitation commitments to Africa last night and, as I predicted in yesterday’s blog, the non-governmental organization (NGO) community here is not impressed. But neither are they surprised. The communique largely reaffirms previous promises, at which the G8 has become quite accomplished.
 
There are some...Read More »

Is the G8 Meeting Its Targets?

L’AQUILA, Italy — When I learned I was coming to the G8 Summit to promote global health, I sought advice from friends I thought might know about the arcane machinations of the annual summit. A British friend responded: “I’m rather disillusioned about the G8, to be honest. It seems like...Read More »


Mood of NGOs at L'Aquila Not Optimistic

L’AQUILA, Italy – Heads of state arrived here yesterday for the G8 Summit in the mountains northeast of Rome but the non-governmental organizations are mainly frustrated, angry or both over the likely outcomes, with a few notable exceptions.

On Wednesday,  I talked to civil society experts in most of their areas of concern...Read More »


Global Health Makes the Cut in Rome

ROME, Italy — The non-governmental organizations who have come to Italy to look after the poor a the G-8 Summit of the eight richest countries of the world have carved out a space on the agenda for global health. The group, dominated by European NGOs, met on Monday to prepare...Read More »


Photo of the week

‘Edasi’ by Erica Mongelli, flickr:  In partnership with Pact Malawi, Lusubilo Community Based Orphan Care implements a program in a remote district of Malawi that seeks to sustainably improve the nutritional status of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).  Edasi’s smile is infectious and full of hope for a better future.

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35997063@N08/3323773446/in/pool-2009photocontest

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Getting Health on the G-8 Agenda

ROME, Italy — Judging by the numbers of people I saw frolicking in Trevi Fountain and on the Spanish Steps as I arrived here yesterday on a sun-drenched summer afternoon, you would not think the industrialized countries of the world are in the throes of the worst economic crisis since...Read More »

No Woman Should Die While Giving Birth

That was the consistent message conveyed on the Day of the African Child on June 16 at a briefing and reception on Capitol Hill. The Council partnered with USAID, Save the Children, several members of Congress and other NGOs to discuss progress and setbacks in maternal and child health (MCH)...Read More »


Who’s Hot and Who’s Not Among Countries Receiving Aid

Hats off to the authors from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the Harvard Initiative for Global Health who published initial findings from their study on tracking development assistance for health in the Lancet recently. In Financing of global health: tracking development assistance for health...Read More »


Parent to Child Transmission?

John Donnelly of Burness (former reporter of the Boston Globe) has been blogging all week from the HIV Implementers Conf. in Namibia on http://sciencespeaks.wordpress.com/. Smita Baruah of the Global Health Council was asked by John to write a guest blog today.

Guest blog:Parent to child transmission?

June 12, 2009

This guest blog was written...Read More »


2009 Candlelight Memorial

CAP HAITIEN, Haiti – Mere rain could not extinguish the flame of the opening ceremony of the 2009 AIDS Candlelight Memorial last Saturday night in Milot, Haiti at the site of the Sans Souci Palace, World Heritage site and former home of King Henri Christophe, who helped lead Haitians to...Read More »


As Health Ministers Head Home From WHA, Ground Work Begins

Health ministers at the 2009 World Health Assembly in Geneva last week passed a strong resolution renewing the emphasis the world has promised to place on primary health care. They also passed an important resolution recognizing the social determinants of health (although it was “too weak” according to the Thai...Read More »


H1N1, Protests, Maternal Health Mark Start of WHA

GENEVA – Health is back on the world’s proverbial radar. The headlines of the past eight months or so have been dominated by a deepening worldwide recession, pushing reports on the myriad major health challenges the world faces off the pages of the shrinking number of newspapers.

About a month before the...Read More »


Disease Interactions

In a recent issue of The Lancet, Lowther et al. described a study looking at measles vaccination in a region with high HIV prevalence. Diseases, and interventions to control or treat diseases, often seem to be addressed individually. This stems from the lack of effective health systems and from the growth...Read More »


President Obama releases global health initiative request

President Obama on Tuesday released his plans to provide $8.6 billion in fiscal year 2010 and $63 billion over six years for a comprehensive U.S. global health initiative. The White House Office of Management and Budget later this week is expected to release details of the president’s FY 2010 budget...Read More »


African First Ladies Bring Global Health Message to Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Back home in the United States capital, I woke up early this morning to attend perhaps the first advocacy event since the African First Ladies Health Summit earlier this week – that being a news conference for U.S. lawmakers, implementers and media rounding up the Summit’s activities...Read More »


Mass Treatment Approach

A recent article by House et al. in The Lancet* described a study of mass distribution of antibiotics to prevent trachoma. Trachoma is a debilitating disease that results in blindness, is one of the “neglected tropical diseases, and is more prevalent in children under age 10. The goal of the mass distribution...Read More »


6th Annual Unite For Sight Conference

[by Rachel Hampton and Michelle Moglia]

On April 17, 2009, we headed to Yale for the two-day, 6th Annual Unite For Sight Conference. It was a breath of fresh air to be out of DC and surrounded by students and student-friendly professors and programmers.

Students presented several innovative projects, ranging from applications of...Read More »


African First Ladies Summit

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The African First Ladies Summit is being held in Los Angeles to address health-care and girls’ education. First Ladies from 15 nations – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia will be attending the...Read More »


Global Health Landscape

On April 2, the Global Health Council held a Congressional Briefing on The Global Health Landscape in 2009-2010 to identify critical global health issues over the next two years and some of the key policy considerations that will confront the 111th Congress.

Speakers:

  • Ruth Levine, Committee on the US Commitment to Global Health, Institute of...Read More »

Health Leadership & Management

On March 26, 2009,  the Global Health Council held a Partners Forum entitled, Health Leadership and Management by Design — Not Default. Effective leadership and skilled management in the health sector are essential to improve health outcomes and sustain improvements. Health systems are now on everyone’s mind, but actually what to do...Read More »


Dr. Etienne on Health Systems Strengthening

On March 20, 2009, the Global Health Council held a Community Meeting with Dr. Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services at the World Health Organization.

Dr. Etienne presented recent developments in health systems strengthening with a special focus on primary health care, financing, human resources for health and work...Read More »


Fighting Pneumonia the Key to Achieving MDG4

Child Mortality MDG4

The following posting is by Leith Greenslade, Director on the Board of GAVI Alliance Immunize Every Child. The opinions expressed in this posting are solely hers and not necessarily of the Global Health Council.

As welcome as the news was that 3.7 million fewer children are dying before they reach their 5th birthday,...Read More »


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