A highlight of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was the launch of a new Global Financing Facility (GFF) to end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. This partnership will bring together countries, UN agencies, multilateral groups, private sector investors, and civil society organizations in order to close the $33 billion annual funding gap for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH).
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The world is celebrating a giant milestone in the fight against HIV: 15 million people are now on lifesaving treatment using highly effective antiretroviral drugs! It’s a huge win for global health, and of course for the millions whose lives have been saved.
Over the past decade, the South African government has made progress in tackling HIV, and now provides over three million patients with access to life-saving antiretroviral therapies (ARTs).
The United States and South Africa have a longstanding relationship around health. As one of the countries most deeply impacted by the AIDS epidemic, South Africa has been a major recipient of U.S. financial and technical assistance through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. HIV/AIDS remains a significant burden to the country, requiring ongoing attention and resources from the national government and its international partners.
Most remarkable, within a month the controversy surrounding the threat of Ebola to Americans had mushroomed into a political emergency for the Obama presidency itself, only a few tense weeks before the November 4 elections. Calls escalated for the appointment of an Ebola czar and a travel ban on persons originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the root sources of the Ebola emergency. A special measure of criticism was reserved for the Obama administration’s lead face in the U.S. response, Dr.
“Preventing vector-borne diseases” was the 2014 World Health Day (April 7) theme. The World Health Organization (WHO), which organizes the annual World Health Day, is using this year’s slogan, “Small bite: big threat,” to raise awareness about the long-term health, social and economic challenges posed by such debilitating diseases as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, and Lyme disease, which are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, and other vectors. With more than one billion people globally infected by vector-borne diseases each year, and with one million deaths occurring annually as a result, this year’s World Health Day message is that strengthening prevention activities and protecting the most vulnerable social sectors from vector-borne diseases are essential. Through international, regional, and local level cooperation in managing educational campaigns and vector-management activities, community members and public officials can work hand in hand to take a bite out of vector-borne diseases.
The Government of Ethiopia has recognized the importance of family planning for women’s health and empowerment and for achieving broader health and development goals for the country. Political commitment is high and significant progress has been made, but Ethiopia faces complex challenges in reaching their ambitious goal to expand contraceptive prevalence to 66% by 2015. For these reasons, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center chose to take a U.S. delegation to Ethiopia to examine family planning as a cross-cutting development issue.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg discusses her recent trip to India and the global effort to keep substandard and fake drugs out of the hands of consumers.
On February 13, while official Washington, D.C. was otherwise shuttered by the winter’s largest snow storm, the Obama administration launched the Global Health Security Agenda. The GHS Agenda marks an important and promising turning point in U.S. policy. It is timely, coherent, compelling and concrete
Deborah Rosenblum, Executive Vice President at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, discusses the new Global Health Security Agenda and why it’s important for organizations focused on different threats (biological, nuclear, chemical) to work together on health security.
Lina Sergie Attar discusses the Karam Foundation and its humanitarian aid efforts in Syria, particularly programs targeted toward displaced children.
On January 9, in an event that sparked high levels of interest, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center convened an event focused on the first phase results and lessons learned from the Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Initiative. A five-year, $200 million public-private partnership, SMGL was launched by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 with the aim of reducing maternal mortality by up to 50 percent in selected districts of Uganda and Zambia. CSIS framed the event around the question: reflecting on the first phase results, what is needed to make SMGL scalable and sustainable?
Indonesia’s Health Minister and Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dr. Nafsiah Mboi discusses the Fund’s new funding model, how countries are responding, and donor support.
Despite the many challenges, Ethiopia exemplifies why access to family planning is inextricably intertwined with achieving broader health and development goals, and why this should be a strategic priority for the United States. As Ethiopia’s First Lady, Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, told us: “To be engaged in the economic sphere, to create income, to contribute to family health and well-being and to the country’s development, we must have family planning services.”