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.
When researchers, activists, health care providers, and policymakers convene in Melbourne, Australia, July 20–25, 2014, for the 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC), they will be asking themselves—and each other—what recent progress the world has made in understanding how to control, and potentially, cure, HIV/AIDS, and what it will take to accelerate efforts to reach the world’s most underserved populations with proven prevention and treatment strategies.
A video primer on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and why the United States has taken a leading role in driving support for the Fund’s work worldwide.
In this video, Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director at the National Security Council, explains why the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria matters today and discusses the United States’ leadership role in supporting the Fund.
Drug-resistant malaria is a clear and present danger. If you are unfamiliar with this threat to the impressive progress achieved in recent years against an ancient and deadly parasitic disease, I invite you to view a 3 ½ minute video: Fighting Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria and/or read a short CSIS report: Drug-Resistant Malaria: A Generation of Progress in Jeopardy. Both were released last Tuesday during a CSIS conference, “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong.”
This new multimedia product from the Global Health Policy Center outlines the emerging challenge of artemisinin-resistant malaria.
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.”
The world is facing a stealthy and alarming increase in drug resistant tuberculosis, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated in its yearly global TB report, released last week. While the 2012 incidence of TB continued its slow, steady decline from prior years, there were an estimated 450,000 new cases of multiple drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2012, according to the Global Tuberculosis Report 2013. Worse, fewer than 25 percent of people suspected of having MDR-TB were identified last year and 16,000 people diagnosed with the disease were not put on treatment, the international health organization said. Treatment waiting lists are continuing to grow, it added.
With global momentum building around the new thinking, evidence, and action for scaling up mental health services, securing political will and commitment is imperative. This is why this month’s launch of WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 – adopted by the World Health Assembly in May and officially launched this month – was highly anticipated. That there are recognized, effective strategies to address the global burden of mental disorders is one thing; that for the first time WHO’s member states formally recognize and endorse the importance of these strategies indicates a real shift in the political conversation around mental health.
There has been woefully scant reference to Syria's colossal human crisis, its scale and ferocity, its root causes, and its likely future trajectory. High-level political leadership has been missing. It is vital that world leaders -- Presidents Obama and Hollande, UN Secretary General Moon, Pope Francis, World Bank President Kim, UK Prime Minister Cameron -- focus on the big picture: Syria's burgeoning human crisis, its strategic long-term consequences, and key steps to contain and reverse it.
The issue of child marriage has been elevated in the U.S. policy agenda in recent years. On July 31, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted an event on how ending child marriage advances U.S. foreign policy. The discussion featured Rachel Vogelstein, author of a recent report by the Council on Foreign Relations entitled, “Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives;” and Caren Grown, USAID’s acting senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Dr. Peter Small, Deputy Director of the Tuberculosis Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses his first-hand experience with the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). According to Dr. Small, the international community has to redouble its efforts to modernize its response to TB at this "critical juncture."