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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

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

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).

Second Chances, by Susan Reynolds Whyte, was published by Duke University Press in 2014.

Patients “Achieving” Healthcare in LMICs: Reflections on “Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda”

I recently read the book Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda, edited by Susan Reynolds Whyte, a medical anthropologist who has been conducting research and Read More

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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

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Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


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).


Daily H.I.V. Drug Regimen Is Effective in African Women, Study Says – The New York Times

Taking an antiretroviral drug daily shielded 76 percent of young African women assigned the drug — a particularly hard group to protect — against H.I.V. Read More


Pharmaceutical Companies Can Contribute To Improving Maternal, Reproductive Health

The Guardian: Are pharma giants living up to big promises on development? Damiano de Felice, strategic adviser to the CEO of the Access to Medicine Foundation, and Jayasree K. Iyer, the foundation’s chief scientific officer “…The [Access to Medicine] Foundation’s latest report maps how the [pharmaceutical] companies it tracks are responding to global calls for…More


PEPFAR Using Data To Effectively Target Resources, Help Achieve AIDS-Free Generation For Women,…

Huffington Post: Preventing New HIV Infections, Saving Lives Deborah L. Birx, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy “…PEPFAR is proud of its contributions to reducing new HIV infections among children, expanding access to [antiretroviral treatment (ART)] for adults and children, and preventing new infections among adolescent girls and young…More


La implementación del Pratt Pouch en Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dosificación de medicina antirretroviral a recién nacidos dentro del Programa de Prevención de Transmisión Materno Infantil de VIH de Fundación VIHDA y Hospital Maternidad Sotomayor Luego de estudios y comparaciones con otros métodos de administración de medicinas realizadas por Fundación VIHDA de Ecuador y Duke University de EEUU desde 2012 a 2015, el Pratt Pouch se muestra como una opción de gran exactitud y de mayor facilidad a la hora de dispensar los antirretrovirales líquidos a los niños recién nacidos en las dosis correctas y con una óptima conservación del contenido. La prevención de la transmisión materno infantil del VIH implica la detección temprana del virus en la mujer embarazada. La toma de medicación antirretroviral (ARV) durante la gestación por parte de la futura madre, la administración de ARV intravenoso durante el nacimiento, y la toma de medicación ARV líquido al niño recién nacido por vía oral, son procedimientos que se cumplen a fin de reducir a menos del 2% la transmisión materno infantil del virus del VIH. En Ecuador la medicina ARV oral para recién nacidos llega en presentación de frascos de 240 ml.


FP2020 Launches 10-Day Blog Series To Commemorate 3rd Anniversary, Highlight Family Planning…

Family Planning 2020: ‘Rights in Action’ Blog Series Launches to Commemorate Third Anniversary of the London Summit on Family Planning To commemorate the third anniversary of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning and creation of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), FP2020 launched a 10-day “blog series celebrating the longstanding dedication of [their] global partners in upholding principles…More


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 SFOPs, Including Amendment To Repeal ‘Global…

CQ News: Senate Panel Opts to Scrap ‘Global Gag Rule’ on Abortion Services “Senate appropriators on Thursday voted to repeal a policy that essentially blocks recipients of U.S. aid from promoting or providing abortions for family planning purposes. The move to scrap the so-called global gag rule, also known as the ‘Mexico City Policy,’ was…More


Innovation, Leadership, Investment Needed To Further Improve Global Family Planning

Huffington Post: Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International “…It’s no coincidence that as global use of modern contraceptives rose from 55 percent in 1990 to 63 percent in 2010, global maternal mortality fell by a staggering 45 percent. … Some regions —…More


Blog Post, Online Resource Highlight Global Health Funding In SFOPs Appropriations Bill

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Global health programs see little rise; family planning slashed in Senate subcommittee bill Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, highlights global health-related funding in the FY 2016 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, approved this week by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on…More


MUACs are used for screening pregnant women for malnutrition too

How can severe malnutrition be determined locally? Severe malnutrition can readily be determined without scales, with minimal training and with objective accuracy. The mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) has been endorsed and recommended as a reliable screening tool for acute malnutrition. It is an easy and objective measurement that can be followed over time.


Single Serve Safety for Newborns to Reduce HIV Transmission: Pratt Pouch, Part 2

Pratt Pouches have been in the development for over three years to improve the delivery of antiretroviral therapy to newborns and have been laboratory and field tested. Robert Malkin and the engineers at the Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering saw a need and sought to find a medically effective, simple and cost effective solution to an ongoing dilemma in the fight against HIV. What so difficult in giving ART to newborns? It is well known that giving newborns antiretrovirals in the first 24 to 72 hours drastically decreases the transmission of HIV from the mother to baby but the means to do so in areas most in need is prohibitive on two fronts. In areas most in need, more than half of the mothers deliver at home with little access to a clinic or community health workers.


Blog Outlines Six Strategies To Help Women In Developing Countries With FP/RH Needs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: What women, girls and their partners want Angela Mutunga, the East Africa program adviser for Advance Family Planning, discusses six strategies for helping women in developing countries prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect their health (6/24).


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