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EMA and EUnetHTA publish joint three-year work plan

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) have published a joint work plan for 2017-2020 to improve the efficiency and quality of medicine regulatory evaluation and health technology assessment (HTA) in the EU. The new work plan focuses on creating a joint platform for parallel consultation, information exchange at market entry, and post-authorization data generation, among other areas for collaboration.

Press release – EMA

EU Global health Global health R&D

Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation issues 2017 award on malaria research to Andreas Mårtensson

The Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) at the Royal Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2017 SIGHT Prize for interdisciplinary malaria research to Professor Andreas Mårtensson at the Institution for Women's and Children’s Health at Uppsala University.  Mårtensson won the award for his pioneering work in malaria reduction in Zanzibar, which has led to a dramatic drop in reported cases.                                           

The SIGHT award recognizes researchers for important research in lower- and middle-income countries within global health and is financed by the Swedish foundation of the Einhorn family, 'Familjen Einhorns stiftelse', with the aim of supporting successful global- health researchers early on in their careers. 

Press release - Royal Academy of Sciences (in Swedish)

CanWaCH releases annual report on key projects in women and children's health for 2016-17

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), a Canadian CSO which supports work in reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent, and children's health, has released its annual report for the 2016-17 financial year. The report outlines results achieved across three strategic pillars, including measuring results, knowledge exchange, and stakeholder engagement. It also highlights key projects from 2016-17, such as creating a new data project explorer, launching a public-engagement campaign, and hosting a conference on global adolescent health. 

Publication – CanWaCH

Canada Global health

Spain’s development minister promotes bilateral health R&D cooperation with Mozambique

Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America, Fernando García Casas, visited Mozambique on an official trip to meet with government representatives from health, finance, and development ministries. The trip aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as health research and development (R&D). García Casas also participated in an event co-organized by Spanish development agency AECID and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health's (ISGlobal) Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM), in which health innovation was underlined as a cornerstone of Spain’s development cooperation in Mozambique.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

Press release - ISGlobal (in Spanish)

Italian CSOs show mixed reaction at G7 health ministers' final declaration

Italian CSOs greeted the recent declaration of G7 ministers of halth with some praise concerning language on climate change but disappointment in other respects. They welcomed the effort to maintain wording about the impact of climate change on health, despite the US's opposition, and included strong language as well on the need to invest in research and development of new treatment and diagnosis tools for antimicrobial resistance and tuberculosis. CSOs also welcomed the G7’s affirmation that essential services for women, children, and adolescent health are a priority for universal health coverage (UHC),  and needed to deliver human rights to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.

However, the organizations argued that the G7 did not endorse ambitious enough targets concerning price controls for medicines and diagnosis tools, nor make sufficient financial commitments. They highlighted the fact that it is impossible to implement UHC without additional resources and strong policies to reduce medicines’ prices.

News report – Quotindiano della Sanità

Italy Global health

Norway commits US$1.24 million to WHO’s emergency appeal for Madagascar

Norway has committed US$1.24 million through the World Health Organization (WHO) to Madagascar, which suffers from serious pneumonic plague outbreaks. Pneumonic plague is particularly hard to control, and has resulted in more than 1,100 cases and more than 70 deaths so far. Norway's contribution will be spent on limiting the spread of the outbreaks and improving the country’s capacity to prevent future outbreaks.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway Global health

IDRC and Cancer Research UK partner on tobacco control in LMICs

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Cancer Research UK are partnering on a five-year initiative to prevent tobacco-related diseases and promote public health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Entitled ‘The Economics of Tobacco Control and Research Initiative’, the project funds innovative fiscal policy research to create evidence on the economic rationales of tobacco control. This will support countries in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals related to global health and economic empowerment.

Press release - IDRC

South Korea to support USAID program on maternal and child health

USAID has launched a set of four 'transform' activities in order to improve maternal and child health in Ethiopia. The activities focus on strengthening primary health care, health in developing regions, WASH, and monitoring and evaluation, based on lessons learned from past investments. USAID will invest around US$181 million in the initiative through 2022, with KOICA, Korea's development agency, providing technical support.

Press release - US Embassy in Ethiopia

The US's Mexico City Policy forces cuts to family planning in Madagascar

The reinstatement of the so-called Mexico City Policy is restricting funding for family planning in Madagascar, reports the US-based news outlet NPR. NPR cites the British NGO Marie Stopes International, the largest provider of long-term contraception in Madagascar, which has chosen to forego US funding rather than to stop providing abortion services entirely. The Mexico City Policy originally barred NGOs that offer abortion services from receiving US funding for family planning, but the policy has been broadened under President Donald Trump to restrict any global health funding for such groups. 

News report - NPR

United States Global health

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. 

Publication - CANWaCH

Canada Global health