In March 2012, the Peace Corps, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Health Service Corps launched the public-private Global Health Service Partnership, a promising initiative that could improve the health sector in a number of developing countries. The CSIS Global Health Policy Center was fortunate to have the opportunity to play a modest role during the planning stages of this innovative enterprise. As the Partnership moves forward, a number of potential concerns will require careful attention.
CSIS wanted to learn more about how women leaders in Africa are bringing new attention to women’s health and empowerment in their own countries, and to bring those voices into the discussion about U.S. policy priorities for women’s global health. To do this, we sent a small team to Malawi and Zambia in December 2012.
Botswana has made tremendous strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the last decade, supported by the early and important U.S. partnership created through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In the next five years, however, that partnership will be tested as the United States and Botswana negotiate a complex, multiyear handoff of PEPFAR-supported HIV/AIDS activities and as U.S. financial assistance is reduced. U.S. funding through PEPFAR is anticipated to decrease from $75 million to a plateau of $35 million by 2016, with an annual reduction in funding of about $10 million per year.
On November 30, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free generation. We would like to extend our congratulations to her and Ambassador Goosby whose leadership enabled the successful completion of this difficult task in record time.
In the year leading up to the International AIDS Conference, CSIS played the unusual role of assembling a diverse high-level advisory group to assist the lead organizers in navigating the special challenges in the Washington political environment. That group, the American Friends of AIDS 2012, was especially important in enlarging the space for participation by Congressional and faith communities.
At its 28th meeting last week in Geneva, the Global Fund’s board approved a fundamental change in its funding model that’s designed to be flexible, focused, and fast. While significant details remain to be worked out, the basic approach has been agreed as has a plan to implement it rapidly.
Home to 170 million people, many of them desperately poor, Nigeria carries a huge and disproportionate share of burden for many of the world’s most deadly diseases. Look in the global strategies for HIV, TB, malaria, maternal and child health, polio eradication, NTDs, and NCDs – among many others – and you’ll see Nigeria at or near the top of the “Must Win” countries. The reason is simple. If there isn’t success in Nigeria, the global picture remains bleak.
Our understanding of global health and its relationship to national security, and the well-being of the wider global community has grown and evolved over time. For these reasons, health and security are no longer separate domains for policymakers. They interact with each other. In this project, CSIS explores the nexus between health and security by collecting personal stories of a selection of our nation's leading military and global health professionals.
The tragedy of maternal mortality deserves all the attention it currently gets – and much more. But it would be a mistake to think of women’s poor pregnancy outcomes as an isolated set of purely medical challenges that can be solved by a narrow focus on emergency care.
While the economies of most rich nations have stagnated, many countries – which for decades had been classified as low income and regarded as chronically poor – have experience sustained growth and graduated into middle income status. This is overall a good news story. The bad news is that the emergence of new middle income states has also resulted in a growing disconnect between where international development assistance is focused and where it’s needed.
Of all the promising technological innovations presented at the 2012 Social Good Summit in New York City, the most intriguing came from a print journalist. New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof took the stage on the final day of the Social Good Summit, Monday September 24th, along with Asi Burak of Games for Change, and pitched his next endeavor: a mobile game based on his widely sold book, Half the Sky.
Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's sad, premature death at 57 on August 20 marks the end of a striking era in Ethiopia's history. How are we to understand his legacy and what his passing may portend for Ethiopia's future?