IHP news 508: Global Health Events

By on February 8, 2019

Decolonizing Global Health Conference 2019  (Harvard, later today (9 Feb))


Check out the programme. And follow the livestream.

Coming up – African Union Summit (Ethiopia, 10-11 Feb) – Incl: Africa To Review Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases


A ‘league table’ is being drawn up showing how African countries are faring in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). NTDs rarely make headline news, yet they affect 1.6 billion people in the poorest parts of the globe – including around 580 million people in Africa. That’s close to 50% of the entire population of Africa. On February 10th and 11th African leaders will attend the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. The Summit will include a presentation and a discussion of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) scorecard, a tool which tracks the progress against malaria as well the five most common NTDs, amongst other diseases.

Some of the expected stats: “Three African countries – which are among the poorest on the continent – have, in the last three years, consistently out-performed richer neighbours in the fight against NTDs. The number of those in need of treatment for NTDs continent-wide has reduced in the last three years, while the proportion of those in need of treatment, and who received it, has increased. One African country alone has tens of millions of people requiring treatment for a single NTD. While medicines to protect African citizens from these debilitating diseases are available to the countries for free, some countries in Africa are still not protecting their populations….”

Dubai prepares for next global pandemic

Gulf News;

The inaugural Global Health Forum, set to run at the seventh edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah next Sunday to Tuesday, will address Disease X — a concept pandemic that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified as the next big global threat to public health. Organised in partnership with WHO, the forum is set to draw the participation of leading healthcare experts, health ministers and scientists. It will also examine the most feasible ways to harness technology to make people healthier, while exploring the future of the healthcare industry….”

Coming up – Webinar 15 Feb (New WHO Community Health Worker Guideline & Additional Resources )


On Friday, February 15, 8:30-10:00am EST, the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and CORE Group will host a webinar to disseminate the new WHO community health workers (CHW) guideline that was launched on October 26, 2018 at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana commemorating 40 years after Alma-Ata….”

Coming up: launch of Women in Global Health Africa Hub (at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC 2019) in Kigali, Rwanda (5-7 March)

Via Twitter.

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