In 2017, Senegal became the 15th country to sign the 'Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities' with the Global Fund, strengthening a 15-year long partnership to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Canadian NGO releases report on engaging youth on global health
The Canadian Partnership for Women’s and Children’s Health (CANWaCH) released a report documenting lessons learned and key accomplishments from youth engagement during the planning and execution of its Global Adolescent Health Conference held in May 2017. The report highlights the success of the youth council initiative, which promoted youth leadership around issues of global health and provided a strong platform for networking and collaboration. It also offers lessons for other organizations, recommending that youth engagement processes are planned well in advance and prioritize diversity.
Australia commits US$233 million to regional health security in Indo-Pacific
Australia has committed A$300 million (US$233 million) over five years on a range of measures to improve regional health security in the Indo-Pacific. This includes a commitment of up to US$58 million to product development partnerships (PDPs), as well as new measures to seek regional coordination on the approval of new drugs and devices in conjunction with Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration. Other initiatives involve additional training of staff in regional countries in the surveillance of, and response to, emerging pandemic diseases, and a new Health Security Corps, which places Australian health professionals in the region.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has also moved to strengthen Australia's capacity to manage and respond to infectious diseases by establishing a new Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security within her Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
October 26, 2017: University of Oslo hosts seminar on the role of military in health care delivery
In the third seminar of the series “Global Health Unpacked”, hosted by University of Oslo (UiO), participants address the potential benefits and risks of military forces being used to deliver health care services during health crises. Speakers include Colin McInnes of Aberystwyth University and Simon Rushton of University of Sheffield. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Power and Politics of Global Health, UiO's Centre for Development and the Environment, and the UiO Centre for Global Health.
Canadian Society for International Health hosts annual global health conference
From October 29 to 31, 2017, the Canadian Society for International Health will host the annual Canadian Conference on Global Health in Ottawa. Every year, the conference draws more than 600 practitioners, educators, researchers, students, and policy makers from more than 30 countries to share knowledge and experiences. This year, the conference theme is “Leaving No One Behind? Reflections for Action in a Changing World” and will provide a forum for reflecting on the first 1000 days of action and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for global health.