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.
Sweden gets top ranks for gender equality work in global health
The Swedish International development agency, Sida, is at the forefront of gender equality work in global health, according to the 2018 Global Health Report 50/50 published on March 8th.
In a response to the 2018 report from the international initiative Global Health 50/50, the Swedish State Secretary for international development, Ulrika Modéer, published an op-ed on the development platform ‘Biståndsdebatten’ in which she applauded the work of Sida, especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also calls for continued work to engage boys and men in global health, increase the proportion of female managers in global health actors, and create workplaces that are free from sexism.
Save the Children pushes for Norwegian divestment from companies aggressively pushing infant formula in developing world
The Norwegian Secretary-General of Save the Children, Tove Wang, has pushed for the Norwegian Government Petroleum Fund’s withdrawal from investments in companies aggressively pushing infant formula in developing countries.
Wang refers to reports published by Save the Children, which show that all the large producers of infant formula are in breach of the World Health Organization’s marketing guidelines from 1981. The Norwegian Government Petroleum Fund has invested heavily in five of the six largest producers of infant formula. This is in stark contrast to one of the three focus areas of the fund, children’s rights.
March 22, 2018: Action Canada and CARE Canada to host panel on empowering women in emergencies
Action Canada and CARE Canada have organized activists, parliamentarians, and humanitarian actors to discuss best practices and remaining gaps for upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health information and services in humanitarian settings.Highlighted by a keynote speech from the Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, the discussion will focus on how sexual and reproductive healthcare in emergencies saves lives.
April 5, 2018: Seminar explores rights of newborns in relation to maternal health policies
Are the rights of newborns dismissed, so long as the maternal care agenda is in place for mothers? This seminar will discuss the ethics and politics of the rights of newborns, and why these rights are often ignored in the postnatal period, specifically in low -and middle- income countries. This seminar is part of the seminar series “Global Health Unpacked”, in which speakers come from both the University of Oslo, as well as international universities. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary research.