Global Fund leadership meets new Spanish government and urges it to resume contributions

Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Executive Director Peter Sands visited Spain to meet with high-level foreign affairs and global development officials under new Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. According to several Spanish media outlets, the Global Fund asked the new Spanish government to resume regular contributions to advance the end of the three pandemics by 2030. Spain committed up to €600 million (US$723 million) to the Global Fund from 2002 to 2010, and it remains the 10th largest historical donor.

News article - Europa Press (in Spanish)

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Japan pledges US$2.6-million worth of medical equipment to the Maldives

Japan has pledged to donate US$2.6 million worth of medical equipment to the Maldives. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in 2019, and will help equip a hospital and other health facilities. 

News article - Reliefweb

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France hosts launch of Global Fund replenishment campaign

French Minister Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian hosted the launch event for the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) campaign, officially kicking off efforts to gather resources for the Global Fund's 2020-2022 period. France hosts the replenishment conference in Lyon on October 10, 2019. 

Attendees included Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. Charles Gomis, ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire in France, and Pr. Hakima Himmich, president of the non-governmental organization Coalition PLUS. The session was moderated by Stéphanie Seydoux, the French ambassador in charge of global health issues.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

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Italian UNICEF committee petitions Italian institutions to support vaccination

In light of the Italian government's recent anti-vaccination remarks, the Italian Committee for UNICEF has launched a petition directed at Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the President of the Parliament, and the President of the Senate to increase support for vaccination in Italy and all over the world.

The petition asks for the government to:

  1. Simplify access to vaccination services for all children in Italy and eliminate regional disparities;
  2. Launch an advocacy campaign focused on the benefits of vaccination;
  3. Fund international cooperation programs working in the field of paediatric vaccination.

Petition - UNICEF Italy (in Italian)

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UNSG elects Swedish national as new UNICEF Assistant Secretary General

The United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) has appointed Charlotte Petri Gornitzka as Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Petri Gornitzka will lead the organization's strategic work on external communications, resource mobilization, and partnership. Gornitzka currently heads the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), a position she has held since 2016. She previously served as Director General of the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida.

Petri Gornitzka is the fourth female Swedish public servant or politician in recent years to take high level positions within the UN. 

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish) 

Australian Foreign Minister announces Samoa and Vanuatu to join medicines testing program

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced that Vanuatu and Samoa will join Australia’s Pacific Medicines Testing Program. This allows up to five medicines to be tested each year in the two countries by the government's Therapeutic Goods Administration, at no cost. The program supports the supply of  quality medicines and promotes stability and health in the region. 

Media release - DFAT

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Japan delivers medical emergency materials to DRC

Japan has delivered medical emergency materials to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in response to a request by the DRC as it struggles to contain its ninth Ebola epidemic in the east of the country. The materials will support the establishment of seven sanitary control stations, as well as other activities in the field. 

Press release - Embassy of Japan in RDC (in French)

News article - BBC

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Japan donates to WHO for essential medical equipment for Syria

The World Health Organization (WHO), thanks to a donation by the government of Japan, has procured over US$12 million worth of advanced medical equipment for Syria. This is the largest-ever donation received by WHO in connection to the Syria crisis.

The equipment will be distributed to public and university hospitals across the country. Japan and WHO have also trained over 250 medical engineers in the operation of the equipment.

News article - reliefweb

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Japan supports maternal and child health in Afghanistan through funding for UNICEF handbook

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF), committing to provide a grant of up to ¥894 million for the 'Project for Promoting Maternal and Child Health Handbook in Afghanistan.'

The handbook is intended to help mothers and family members know more about maternal and child health, as well as support health facilities with additional information. The desired result will be improvement in access to and the quality of healthcare services for women and children in Afghanistan.

Press release - JICA

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European medicine agency stops contracting UK firms

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has decided to cut the UK out of its contracts in preparation for Brexit. All drugs sold in Europe go through a lengthy EMA authorization process before use in health services. In 2016, the UK had the most contracts of all EU member states, serving as lead assessor on 22 applications and joint lead or co-rapporteur on 19 multinational applications. The UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) holds 20-30% of all EU assessments; existing contracts with the MHRA are being reallocated to non-UK EU member states.

News article – The Guardian

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