What can we expect in global health in 2019?

At the beginning of last year, we posed the question, “What will 2018 bring for global public health?” — to experts in global health, with answers ranging from threats to global health financing to the advent of breakthrough technologies. As we prepare for another year of uncertainty and change, we can be sure that ...

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Reflections on the 73rd United Nations General Assembly

While newspaper headlines around the recent United Nations General Assembly were dominated by global policy and diplomacy narratives, representatives from the health sector working in government, NGOs, academe, civil society and the private sector were busy coming together around shared interests to address the world’s greatest health challenges. Two highly anticipated events included the ...

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High-level meetings on TB and NCDs to follow this year’s United Nations General Assembly

This week, heads of state and members from civil society, development and the private sector will gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and related meetings. The formal agenda kicks off on September 18th, with the majority of side events that present a unique opportunity for multisectoral engagement and dialogue on key global health issues taking place September 23rd-27th.
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Getting NCD multisectoral partnerships right: Collaborating to improve health workers training and to strengthen supply chains

Noncommunicable diseases, notably cancers, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease kill an estimated 40 million people annually. With more than 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries, NCDs have become a major global health priority. Indeed, the inclusion of NCDs within the Sustainable Development Goals reflects their importance as a health priority as well as influence on long-term economic development.
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Why UHC makes sense to me

NCDs are a costly proposition not only for patients and their families, but also for health systems. NCDs have a direct impact on economic development. Health Ministries constantly balance the competing demands of emerging health threats, maternal and child health, infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS with the growing burden of NCDs. The worrying trajectory of NCDs reinforces the need for an increased commitment by countries to advancing universal health coverage (UHC).
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Your guide to this year’s World Health Assembly

Update, 5/17/17: Now featuring an updated calendar of side events. Attended by stakeholders from industry, governments, NGOs and others, WHA provides a forum for multilateral dialogue to advance health policies to reduce the burden of diseases and drive resources around key health issues. Planning to attend? Check out our guide to key side events.
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