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UK parliament reviews government efforts to fight Malaria, TB, HIV, andPolio

The UK Parliament's international development committee held an inquiry into the UK's efforts to address HIV, Malaria, TB, and Polio with a focus on the Global Fund and Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). An evidence session was held with statements from Mike Podmore, director of STOPAIDs and Laura Kerr, a senior policy advocacy officer with Results UK. Representatives from DFID were also present.

The purpose of the session was to analyze the achievements of the UK government in its past work towards disease eradication and to identify lessons learned for best practices in future, especially as the Global Fund moves into its next major replenishment phase, towards which the UK has pledged £1.4 billion (US$1.7 billion).

Video - UK Parliament evidentiary session

Global health inquiry - UK Parliament

WaterAid calls on UK leadership to address global water and sanitation crisis

The UK-based NGO WaterAid has called upon the UK government to do more to address the global water and sanitation crisis.

Writing on the parliamentary news website, PoliticsHome, WaterAid’s Advocacy Co-ordinator Bethan Twigg argued that the UK needs to scale up its investment in water and sanitation, which accounted for just 2% of its bilateral official development assistance in 2017. Twigg also called for the UK to ensure its support for water and sanitation is better integrated across all its programming. Access to clean water, basic sanitation, and proper hygiene, according to Twigg, is the most basic foundation for the type of upward mobility that all types of projects across different development agendas see as an ultimate goal.

Editorial- PoliticsHome

European Parliament announces membership of development and research committees

The newly elected European Parliament met for its first plenary session on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, where members of the European Parliament committee memberships were decided. Newly formed committees include Development (DEVE), Foreign Affairs (AFET), and Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE).

The full list of parliamentary members on each committee was published on the European Parliament’s website. Committee chairs and vice-chairs will be voted on in each committee’s meeting the following week.

Conference of Presidents - European Parliament

EU Global health R&D

HIV diagnoses in Australia drop to lowest number in 18 years

The Kirby Institute, at UNSW Sydney, has reported that last year there were 835 HIV diagnoses across the country, a decline of 23% over five years.

The decline in HIV diagnoses is a result of the efforts of government, healthcare, community, and research sectors. Increasing numbers are being tested for HIV, people are starting treatment earlier, and there has been an uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-risk gay and bisexual men. There has been less of a reduction amongst the heterosexual population.

Report: Kirby Institute

Norway announces record-high 2019 funding to UN organizations

The Norwegian government is increasing its core contribution to the UN and providing an all-time-high contribution to six UN organizations. The contributions are as follows:

  • UNICEF: NOK 1 billion (US$126 million)
  • UNDP: NOK 615 million (US$74 million)
  • UNFPA: NOK 530 million (US$6 million)
  • UN Women: NOK 100 million (US$12 million)
  • UNHCR: NOK 380 million (US$46 million)
  • WFP: NOK 300 million (US$36 million).

These are the highest contributions Norway has given to these organizations collectively. The Norwegian government expects the funds to be spent in an efficient and transparent manner.

Press release - Norweigan government

UK pledges £1.4 billion to the Global Fund

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, used the opportunity of the June 29 G20 meeting in Japan to pledge £1.4 billion (US$1.8 billion) of UK development assistance to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria for the coming three years. May urged other G20 countries to step up their commitments to ensure the Fund meets its replenishment goal of $14 billion.

The pledge will enable the UK to provide on average £467 million a year to the Fund, a 16% increase in the UK’s 2016 contribution. The pledge includes a £200 million match fund to encourage the private sector to invest in the fight against malaria. The new funding will be based on a performance agreement that sets out the UK's expectations from the Fund in key areas in return for the funding. 

Web article – Devex

Press release – UK government

Performance agreement – UK government and Global Fund

G20 leaders adopt joint declaration on global issues in Osaka

The G20 representatives adopted the 'G20 Osaka Leaders' Declaration', consisting of fives sections which cover a variety of global urgent issues: 

  1. Global economy;
  2. Fostering robust global economic growth;
  3. Global finance anti-corruption;
  4. Creating a virtuous cycle of growth by addressing inequalities;
  5. Realizing an inclusive and sustainable world.

The declaration also discusses pressing issues in global health, particularly the urgent need for universal health coverage(UHC) and a cooperative effort to address antimicrobial resistance. Further discussion will take place at the G20 health ministers' meeting in October 2019.

Press release - G20

EU Member States express “strong support” for the proposed EU-Africa global health research partnership

The European Commission gathered feedback from EU member states on proposed research partnerships for the EU’s 2021-2027 research framework program, which showed “strong support” for a proposed EU-Africa Partnership on global health. The feedback was presented at the third meeting of the Shadow Strategic Configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee held on June 27-28, 2019.

Member states expressed a willingness to co-fund the EU-Africa partnership, but they voiced doubts about changing the legal basis from its predecessor partnership, EDCTP. Some member states also indicated a desire for an expanded research scope on infectious and neglected diseases to include antimicrobial resistance, health behavior, and diarrhea. 

Presentation - European Commission

EU Global health R&D

HPV vaccination program dramatically reduces Australian HPV infections

Rates of HPV infections in Australian women have dropped by 92% in the past eight years. A free national HPV vaccination program was initiated for Australian schoolgirls in 2007 and for boys in 2013.  

However, cervical cancer rates are still more than double in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

News article: Sydney Morning Herald

DevelopmentAid opens registration for donor network

DevelopmentAid, a membership organization and data provider for individuals and organizations in the international development sector, has recently opened the registration for donors in its network. Donors with DevelopmentAid can publish calls in the funding database to an audience of 100,000 entities and over 66,000 development professionals.

DevelopmentAid services include:

  • Donor analysis for monitoring investments made by every donor per sector, region, and type of contract

  • Tender tracking services for keeping up to date with upcoming development projects from multilateral organizations, bilateral donors, development banks, government agencies, and more

  • Recruitment tools to identify candidates that meet TOR requirements

  • Consortia building solutions for finding partners with relevant references and project experience

  • Due diligence system for candidate filtering

Donor registration - DevelopmentAid

Informational brochure - DevelopmentAid