After 25 years of remarkable achievements and sometimes harrowing setbacks, a successful conclusion to global polio eradication could finally be within reach. Every effort should be made to capitalize on this promising moment: if we don't, the opportunity to eradicate polio may slip by.
With the release of our Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term iTunes University course, we’ve received a few questions about how the course works. This is a quick 101 on the course’s basics.
The Office of Global Health Diplomacy offers the Obama administration a second chance, after costly stumbles in the first term, to get its global health policy right, especially in improving cross-agency coherence of U.S. international health programs and sharpening the vision for U.S. leadership in global health.
The Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) recently published the most recent global estimates of disease burden that update the leading causes of death and disability across the world, based on data from 2010. It seems a devilishly complicated and ambitious endeavor. While a number of smart people have raised concerns about the reliability of the underlying data, the study report tells a powerful, compelling story about trends in mortality and disability.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies traveled to Zambia because it has a disproportionately high rate of maternal mortality – an estimated 440 women dying for every 100,000 live births, which is 20 times higher than the U.S. But Zambia, as well as Uganda, is also the site of a new program, called Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL), designed to reduce maternal mortality by up to 50 percent in selected districts in a year.
The new volume, Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term, analyzes seven important dimensions of a complex, widening U.S. global health agenda. Watch the authors discuss their individual topics.
This new volume from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term, analyzes seven important dimensions of a complex, widening U.S. global health agenda: HIV/AIDS; malaria; polio eradication; women’s health; health security; health diplomacy; and multilateral partners.
Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women every year, 85 percent of whom are in developing countries. The link between HIV and cervical cancer is direct and deadly. To understand the opportunities and challenges of integrating cervical cancer screening and treatment into HIV services for women, CSIS traveled to Zambia, which has been at the forefront of integrating these services.
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.
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.
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.
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.