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CanWaCH releases new report on attitudes toward women's and children's health

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) has released a new report on Canadians’ attitudes toward issues in international development.  The report finds that, while Canadians are generally open to supporting women’s and children’s health in developing regions, Canadian NGOs in this sector should also work to improve public understanding of this issue.

Report – CanWaCH

Canada Global health

Australia invests in two initiatives to combat disease and reduce malnutrition in the Pacific

The Australian Government has announced A$7.7 million (US$6 million) to combat mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific. In partnership with Monash University’s Eliminate Dengue Program and national health ministries, the programs will focus on detection of and response to dengue, Zika virus, and Chikungunya, in Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati. 

The government also announced that A$4 million (US$3 million) will be invested in the winning ideas of the LAUNCH Food Challenge, which aims to find innovative ways to improve global nutrition. A$2.5 million (US$2 million) will be earmarked for the Pacific.

Press release – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia Global health

DFAT evaluates Australia’s response to pandemics and emerging infectious diseases

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released an evaluation of Australia’s work to strengthen the human and animal health systems involved in the prevention of emerging infectious diseases in Asia and the Pacific. The evaluation underscores the need for DFAT’s future health-security investments to be better integrated with the health systems of partner countries than has been the case to date. It also highlights the need for a differentiated approach that considers the differences between animal and human health systems in the Pacific and South-East Asia, and the constraints to implementing a One Health strategy.

Five specific recommendations are made in the report.

Website – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia Global health

UK commits additional £100 million to eradicate polio by 2020

UK International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has pledged £100 million (US$152.9  million) to help eradicate polio. The funds will be channeled through the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement programs of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). This funding is additional to DFID's 2013 commitment to spend £300 million (US$ 468.8 million) on polio efforts between 2013 and 2018.

It is expected by experts that the last new case of polio will be diagnosed in 2017. For polio to be officially declared eradicated, three years must lapse without any cases diagnosed worldwide.

Press release – DFID

United Kingdom Global health

French Council of Investors in Africa enters into cooperation with Global Fund

The French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) have announced a cooperation agreement that will involve French companies in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative will promote joint-activities including around skills transfer, advocacy, prevention, and health care delivery systems. 

Press release – Global Fund

France Global health

Japan grants emergency assistance to support populations affected by conflict in Mindanao, the Philippines

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has allocated US$2 million in emergency funding to the Philippines through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The grant will provide food, health care, water, and sanitation to people displaced by the ongoing conflict on the island of Mindanao, where violence erupted in late May 2017 between government forces and Islamic militants.

Press Release - MOFA

Japan Global health Nutrition

Salud por Derecho calls on Spanish government to resume funding to Global Fund

The Spanish development and health organization Salud por Derecho (Right to health foundation) has highlighted that Spain has not disbursed any funds to tackle HIV/AIDS since 2011. In a press release published during the International HIV/AIDS Summit, Salud por Derecho calls on the Spanish government to do more to help end the pandemic, beginning with a €100 million contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the current 2017-2019 replenishment period. The organization also took the opportunity to further circulate the new UNAIDS report “Ending Aids: Progress Towards the 90-90-90 Targets”. The report provides an overview of the recent improvements and setbacks of the global fight against HIV/AIDS. 

Press release - Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

Spain Global health

French President reaffirms commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS

President Emmanuel Macron received representatives of the community of people living with HIV at the Elysée Palace and reaffirmed France’s leading role in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The meeting took place after Macron was publicly criticized by NGOs for his absence at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris. During the Elysée meeting, Macron committed to making sure the French Government continues supporting the most vulnerable populations affected by HIV. He also stressed the long-standing tradition of French leadership in this field – especially with regard to research and to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He likewise noted France's scientific and financial commitment to research, innovation, access to treatment, and international cooperation, in order to contribute to the goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS by 2030.

Press release - Elysée (in French)

France Global health

The Italian Ministry of Health establishes taskforce for the Decade of Action on Nutrition

On July 11, 2017, the first meeting of the Italian taskforce to implement the ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’ took place. The Italian working group specifically aims to identify actions and strategies to take under the framework of the United Nation's Decade Work Program, jointly launched by FAO and WHO. The Ministry of Health wants to improve dialogue with international institutions -- in particular FAO and WHO -- to better coordinate cross-cutting actions addressing the "triple burden of malnutrition - with undernourishment, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity".

The United Nations' Decade of Nutrition runs from 2016 to 2025, aiming to increase nutrition investments and implement policies and programs to improve food security and nutrition. It builds on the 2nd International Nutrition Conference in 2014.

Press release – Ministry of health (in Italian)

Italy Global health Nutrition

IAS Conference produces statement calling for sustainable investments in HIV/AIDS research

As the 9th International Aids Society (IAS) Conference wrapped up in Paris, organizers - and the French Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) - released the ‘Paris Statement: HIV Science Matters’. The statement emphasizes the importance of research to end HIV/AIDS and calls for sustainable investments in the field. Noting that the US is the leading contributor to the fight against HIV/AIDS, it also encourages US President Trump not to cut budget lines that would undermine efforts.

According to an article from Le Monde, the US disbursed €4.2 billion for HIV programs in 2016, well above the next largest contributions from the UK (€645.6 million) and France (€242.4 million).

News article – Le Monde (in French)

Paris Statement - IAS

France Global health Global health R&D