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US House of Representatives reauthorizes PEPFAR

The US House of Representative approved an extension of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by voice vote on November 14, 2018.  The bill, H.R. 6651, will extend PEPFAR, the US' flagship health program, for another five years. PEPFAR  Approval by the US Senate is still needed before the extension becomes law.  

News article - Advocate

United States Global health

Italy pledges over €1 million to WHO support for migrants in Libyan detention centers

Italy's foreign ministry has pledged €1.1 million (US$1.2 million) to the World Health Organization to increase health services for migrants in detention centers in Libya, ahead of the Summit on Libya it organized in Palermo from November 12-13, 2018. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has referred to the situation in Libya, a key country of transit for migrants and refugees on the way to Europe, as “human rights crisis”. Italy's contribution aims to support migrants with better diagnostic services and timely medical care. 

Press release - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)

Italy Global health

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development updates theories of change underpinning development policy

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development, led by Minister Sigrid Kaag, has updated its 'Theories of Change' underpinning the priorities of Dutch policy on development cooperation. The theories are used to test nine themes of development policy and to monitor and adjust implementation accordingly through the use of  scores on indicators. 

The Theories of Change have been developed for the following themes: humanitarian aid, climate, migration, private sector development, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), security and legal order, food security, women's rights and gender equality, and water. 

Theories of Change - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

UK pledges additional £50 million to Global Financing Facility to support maternal health

The UK government has committed an additional £50 million (US$67 million) to the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility (GFF) to tackle maternal and newborn health in developing countries. Every year more than five million mothers and children die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and low birth weight. The pledge came at the GFF's replenishment conference in Oslo, Norway on November 6, 2018. The GFF brings together funding from donors, developing-country governments, and the private sector. This latest pledge builds on an existing UK investment of £30 million (US$40 million) to the GFF in 2017. 

News article - Public Finance International 

Press release - Department for International Development 

United Kingdom Global health

MRFF Board proposes Australia establish a Global Health Challenges Research Fund

Australia's A$20 billion (US$14.9 billion) Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has announced its 12 priorities for 2018 to 2020. One of the priorities is antimicrobial resistance. Another is to invest in global health and health security challenges, including pandemic preparedness and health emergencies.  In support of this goal, the MRFF Board has proposed the creation of an Australian Global Health Challenges Research Fund, to leverage contributions from other government agencies, philanthropies, and global health funds.

Website - Australian Government Department of Health

Sweden contributes US$4 million to WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies

The Swedish ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Social Affairs will allocate SEK40 million (US$4.4 million) to the World Health Organization's crisis management fund, the 'Contingency Fund for Emergencies'. The purpose of the fund is to strengthen the WHO's ability to respond quickly to outbreaks and emergencies without unduly affecting other program areas. The Fund was created in 2015 after the Ebola crisis.

Press release - Swedish government

Global Sweden Global health

Norway tops all donors with US$360 million commitment to Global Financing Facility

The world's leaders have committed more than US$1 billion to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) during the replenishment conference in Oslo, with co-host Norway topping all donors at US$360 million. "Today we have a big hope that the world's poorest countries can build a healthy future for women, children, and youth", said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "The GFF model is effective and achieves this goal as it based on a cooperation with the relevant countries to develop capacity to build and maintain health systems for women and children to survive." 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

EU pledges €26 million to GFF

The European Union pledged about €26 million (US$28.8 million) to the Global Financing Facility for Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (GFF) in Oslo November 6, 2018. European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said that the pledge reflects the EU's intention to join the GFF as an active member. The GFF aims to improve the health and quality of life of women, children, and adolescents, while ending preventable deaths. This pledge comes on top of €2.6 billion (US$2.9 billion) that the EU is already investing in global health through its development assistance for the period 2014-2020. 

Press release – European Commission

EU Global health

Donors pledge US$1 billion to Global Financing Facility at first replenishment conference

At its first-ever replenishment conference held in Oslo from November 5-6, 2018, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman Every Child received US$1 billion in contributions from both new and existing donors. Although lower than the US$2 billion originally expected, the resources will be used to catalyze large-scale domestic investments in women and children's health. Launched in 2015, the GFF currently supports 25 countries where need is greatest and hopes to expand to 50 countries during the 2019-2023 period.

Donors to the replenishment include:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: US$200 million
  • Canada: US$39 million
  • EU: US$30 million
  • Germany: US$58 million
  • Japan: US$50 million
  • Netherlands: US$68 million
  • Norway: US$360 million
  • UK: US$65 million

The GFF is expecting additional pledges to come in from investors who are considering new multi-year commitments.

News article - Relief Web

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

Global Global health Nutrition

Japan commits US$50 million to GFF in support of maternal and child health

Japan has committed US$50 million to the Global Financing Facility (GFF), whose aims are to help low- and lower-middle income countries improve the health and nutritional status of women and children. The pledge is for the 2019 to 2023 replenishment period. Japan's contribution is one of many commitments from other countries and organizations, the total of which equals US$1.005 billion.

Press Release - World Bank

Japan Global health Nutrition