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A Real Test for the GFF: Improving Maternal and Child Health in Conflict Settings

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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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Successes in HIV Overshadow Failures in TB

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.

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Leaving No Man Behind: Improving HIV Services for Men

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).

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South Africa’s Health Challenges: An Elephant in the Room


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.

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Thomas Frieden And The U.S. Ebola Response


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.

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Taking a Bite out of Vector-Borne Diseases

“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.

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CSIS Delegation Examines Family Planning in Ethiopia

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.

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Video: Fighting Counterfeit Medicines

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.

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The Global Health Security Agenda: A Snowy Promising Start

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

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Video: Deb Rosenblum on Global Health Security Threats

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.

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Video: Humanitarian Aid in Syria

Lina Sergie Attar discusses the Karam Foundation and its humanitarian aid efforts in Syria, particularly programs targeted toward displaced children.

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Saving Mothers, Giving Life: How to Optimize and Expand

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?

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Video: The Global Fund and Donors

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.

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Why Family Planning is Central to Development

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.”

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