Policy & Systems


Republican health plan seen as a major setback for hepatitis C Medicaid patients

Amid a growing hepatitis C epidemic, federal austerity measures seen as a setback to infection control.  By Sony Salzman It’s been nearly 20 years since Read More

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More


Health Systems Strengthening, Improving Treatment Access, Health Service Delivery Essential To…

Washington Post: We can cure hepatitis C. But we’re now making the same mistake we did with AIDS. Neil Gupta, instructor at Harvard Medical School and clinical director at Partners in Health, and Paul Farmer, professor at Harvard University, infectious disease physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and co-founder of Partners in Health “…How…More

US Climate and Health Alliance provides toolkit for health professionals to act on…

The US Climate and Health Alliance has just launched their new State Policy Initiative. Please explore the online hub, which includes tools and information designed for and by health professionals to help bring the health voice to climate policy. Health professionals can use the tools and resources towards several important goals: to inform policy makers that climate change is a critical health issue; to raise the health voice in state discussions about climate change policy decisions and strengthen support for action at the state level; and to ultimately integrate health and health equity into state climate policies. Start exploring the tools. Why Does the Health Voice Matter?

The Economist Examines Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility Created To Help Fund Future…

The Economist: Fighting disease with finance: Pandemic bonds, a new idea “…The World Bank says the probability of another pandemic in the next 10 to 15 years is high. That is why it has issued $425m in pandemic bonds to support its new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), which is intended to channel funding to…More

Warring Sides In Yemen Pledge To Allow Aid Delivery; UNICEF Executive Director Calls For End Of…

Associated Press: AP Interview: Yemen factions said to have pledged easing aid “Warring sides in Yemen’s civil war promised visiting U.N. agency chiefs to clear obstacles to aid delivery in a nation where cholera is spreading rapidly and hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished, the head of the U.N. child welfare agency said…More

Global Community Must Continue To Invest In Vaccines, Strengthen Immunization Systems

Devex: Opinion: Vaccination rates are high — but they’re not high enough Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mike Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy “…Here’s what we see in this year’s [WHO/UNICEF report on global immunization coverage]: overall high but stagnating…More

CDC Continues To Work With Global Partners To Eliminate Hepatitis B

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Vaccination remains the most cost-effective strategy to get on track with hepatitis B elimination in resource-limited settings Rania Tohme, team lead at the CDC’s Global Immunization Division, discusses global efforts to address hepatitis B and the challenges facing vaccine accessibility and delivery in resource-limited settings. “At the moment, the most cost-effective…More

Vaccination remains the most cost-effective strategy to get on track with hepatitis B…

Midwife providing the 5-in-1 pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis [DTP], hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b) during a routine vaccination session in Myanmar Dr. Rania Tohme, Team Lead, Global Immunization Division, CDC In the 1990s, the Western Pacific Region had one of the highest prevalence rates of chronic hepatitis B infection in the world (>8%). As a result, in 2005, it was the first World Health Organization (WHO) Region to adopt a hepatitis B control goal through vaccination. With the financial support of GAVI (the Vaccine Alliance), countries in the region introduced hepatitis B vaccine into routine immunization, starting with a birth dose followed by 2-3 additional doses.

Where Do Big Ideas for Greater Good Come From? Humanitarians Tell All

July 27, 2017 Brian Southwell asks some big questions. And these SwitchPoint speakers answer. Ideas are to SwitchPoint what wind is to a hurricane. The conference swirls with innovative approaches, unexpected methods, and brilliant inventions. Even the information is presented in unconventional ways, including through networking events and microlabs where attendees interact with presenters in intimate settings.

Expanded Access To Treatment, R&D Critical To Ending AIDS Epidemic

Foreign Policy: The Next AIDS Pandemic Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “Thousands of HIV/AIDS experts are gathered in Paris this week for their biennial world conference, and leaders are exhorting every one of them to fight for global financing and expand access to treatment, especially in Africa.…More

World Politics Review Speaks With NIAID Director Fauci About Ebola Outbreak Response

World Politics Review: Is the World Ready to Respond to Another Large-Scale Ebola Outbreak? WPR interviews Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, about the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and efforts to prepare for a future outbreak, including Ebola vaccine research (7/25).

Country Leadership, Globalism Vital To Achieving Universal Health Coverage

STAT: To achieve universal health care, we need country leadership and globalism Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO “…Both country leadership and globalism are needed to [achieve universal health coverage] … Universal health coverage is first and foremost a political choice for…More

Least-Developed Nations, Donors Must Explore Innovative Financing Options, U.N. Report Says

Devex: Poorest countries need new ways to finance SDGs, U.N. report says “The second-annual checkup on the Sustainable Development Goals wrapped up at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday with a warning that growth and foreign assistance in the world’s poorest countries is not enough for them to collectively reach the poverty, health, and environment…More

CGD Podcast Discusses Future Of Family Planning Funding, Strategic Resource Allocation

Center for Global Development’s “CGD Podcast”: The Future of Family Planning — Podcast with Rachel Silverman In this podcast, Rajesh Mirchandani, vice president of communications and policy outreach at CGD, speaks with Rachel Silverman, CGD’s assistant director of global health policy, about the future of financing international family planning efforts (7/19).

New CFO Joins as IntraHealth Prepares for Rapidly Evolving Global Health Landscape

July 20, 2017 Chapel Hill, NC IntraHealth International is happy to welcome Rob Murphy as the new vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer. In his new role as part of the executive team, Murphy will direct the financial and administrative functions of IntraHealth’s network of 18 offices around the world and its diverse portfolio of projects—which comprises over $211.5 million in new funding awarded in just the past year—as it strengthens health systems and increases access to high-quality health services around the world. Murphy brings over 25 years of experience within the public and private sectors, including international development firms, nongovernmental organizations and nonprofit organizations within the US government contracting, international and commercial arenas. “These are uncertain times in global health and development,” Murphy says. “IntraHealth is preparing by becoming even more nimble in today’s evolving marketplace and forging powerful new partnerships

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