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GHC News Flash
December 04, 2018

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Beyond Building Blocks: A Critical Look at Health Systems Thinkings
December 5
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM EST

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Washington, DC & Livestream

Chemonics International

Together for the Triple Billion:
Launch of the Recommendations of the Task Team on WHO-Civil Society Engagement

December 7
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CET

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Geneva, Switzerland & Livestream

United Nations Foundation

A Way Forward: Addressing Stigma and Gender Inequities to Strengthen HIV and AIDS Programming and Policy
December 7
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

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Washington, DC & Webcast

Population Council

The Collective Voice

Blog Highlight:
The Vaccine Alliance

Advocacy Hub

Equality, Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Toolkit
WaterAid International

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  Featured GHC News & Events

Last Friday, November 30, more than 200 global health advocates convened at the 2018 Global Health Landscape Symposium (#GHLS18) in Washington, DC. Thanks to an attentive audience and supportive partners, including champion sponsors, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Sanofi, who made it a  truly reinvigorating day. Special keynote speakers joined us from near and far, including WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and U.S. Representative Ami Bera (D-CA-07). View initial highlights from our #GHLS18 Twitter moment. Throughout the day, participants navigated the global health landscape together, brainstormed next steps, and connected with peers. More key takeaways and action items from the Symposium will follow in the coming weeks. Thank you again to all who participated (including those online!), and we hope you will join us in 2019 to continue these conversations and progress. 


  Advocacy Update

Below is a summary of our full advocacy update.

Lame Duck Session: FY19 Appropriations Update and PEPFAR Passes
The U.S. Congress is back in session for the next two weeks with only four more legislative days before the expiration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that is currently funding seven appropriations bills, including State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs). The remaining bills must be addressed to forego a partial government shutdown. However, yesterday, Congress announced plans for a two week CR (expiring December 21) to allow for the preparation of the state funeral for President George H.W. Bush.
Last week, the Senate passed the PEPFAR Extension Act (H.R.6651), which is now awaiting President Trump’s signature.
Updates on 116th Congress
  • Last week the House Democratic Caucus nominated Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to return as Speaker of the House. The final vote will take place before the full House in January.
  • Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) will assume the role of Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. With Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) expected to be the Chairwoman, this marks a historic moment with two women helming this powerful committee.

  Global Health Roundup

The Global Health Community Celebrates World AIDS Day 2018
This month, the global health community celebrated World AIDS Day (December 1), with a variety of global and local campaigns, events, and activities. For instance, WHO marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day with the theme “Know your status”. WHO first recommended HIV self-testing in December 2016, and today, more than 59 countries have policies on self-testing, with 28 of countries fully implementing the policies. Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, HIV/AIDS advocates paid a visit to Capitol Hill to thank lawmakers for their support, including their recent reauthorization of PEPFAR, and to spread awareness of the work that still needs to be done. According to WHO, nearly half of the people living with HIV still lack access to treatment and have unsuppressed infections. 

Ebola and War in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Avoiding Failure and Thinking Ahead
On November 29, the Journal of the American Medical Association  (JAMA) published recommendations to the U.S. government in regards to the ongoing Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The recommendations are the result of an expert consultation that was convened by the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, and included 25 experts from GHC and members such as Nuclear Threat Initiative, PATH, CSIS, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The epidemic has just become the second largest history with 426 suspected or confirmed cases and 242 deaths. With the response hampered by armed conflict in the region, it requires new political and strategic strategies. Read the full article and latest Ebola update by WHO.  
Together for the Triple Billion: WHO-Civil Society Organization Task Team Launches Report
WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has set ambitious goals for WHO and underscored the need to collaborate with new partners, including civil society, to achieve them. Co-facilitated by GHC members, United Nations Foundation and RESULTS, the WHO-Civil Society Task Team was developed to define a strategy for enhanced engagement between WHO and civil society organizations so that they can better participate in global health decision-making at all levels. The Task Team will present their recommendations at an afternoon event in Geneva on December 7. Join the launch event in-person or access the digital resources (including the livestream link). Please contact Rachel Smidt for more details regarding the launch and report.
  • November 19The Primary Health Care Strategy Group developed a brief guide to facilitate participation in the WHO-led consultation on “Primary health care: transforming vision into action,” the Draft Operational Framework prepared for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care. The web-based consultation is open until midnight CET, December 31, 2018.
  • November 27: The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) announced its 10th Annual CUGH Conference, Translation and Implementation for Impact in Global Health, on March 8 - 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more and register.
  • November 27: WHO convened members, advisers, and invited Member States at its headquarters for the nineteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus. The Emergency Committee unanimously agreed that the risk of international spread of poliovirus remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and recommended the extension of Temporary Recommendations for a further three months.

   Member Spotlight

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends) advocates for U.S. support of the Global Fund, and the goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. As an advocate, Friends engages U.S. policymakers and influencers in conversation about the Global Fund’s lifesaving work, and highlights the significant returns on health investment, both for global partners and for America. They are a 2018 Global Health Council member.
This blog post was written by Sarah Hollis, Senior Communications Manager, Friends.
Using HER Voice in the Fight Against AIDS
On December 1, the global community came together to mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Organizations like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) have helped cut the number of AIDS-related deaths in half since the peak in 2005. But in many countries, HIV infections remain extremely high.
Adolescent girls and young women face especially difficult odds. In some African countries, young women aged 15-24 are up to eight times more likely to be HIV positive than young men their age. Around the world, a young woman is infected with HIV every 90 seconds.
But with support from the Global Fund, young women are starting to fight back. A new HIV Epidemic Response (HER) initiative – HER Voice – is working to empower networks of adolescent girls and young women across Africa. The HER Voice mantra, “Nothing for us without us,” is based on the principle that adolescent girls and young women have a vital role to play in driving and shaping the HIV response. Their experiences and needs must be central for policy making, program design and implementation.
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