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.
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.
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.
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?
J. Stephen Morrison reflects on his four major impressions from AIDS 2012, including the strong reaffirmation of the United States' commitment to address HIV/AIDS and the international community's quest for an "AIDS Free Generation."
The ‘Summit on the Role of the Christian Faith Community in Global Health and HIV/AIDS’ was held at Georgetown University on Wednesday July 25, squarely in the middle of the week-long International AIDS Conference (IAC). The Summit was one of several vivid expressions during the IAC of the centrality of the faith community to the global response to HIV/AIDS.
The new report entitled, 'Advancing Health in Ethiopia: With Fewer Resources, An Uncertain GHI Strategy, and Vulnerabilities On the Ground," is an effort to understand both the many remarkable health gains achieved in recent years through the close partnership between the United States and Ethiopia, and to reflect on the key considerations which should guide U.S. policy looking forward, taking into account shifts in available resources, the mixed record of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the broader governing environment in Ethiopia.
On Monday, May 21, at the Atlanta Summit, CARE, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta gathered Atlanta’s leaders and other prominent Americans to discuss sustaining U.S. leadership to improve the world’s health. In this blog, J. Stephen Morrison reflects on the outcomes of the Summit.
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As 2011 wound to a close the drama around the Global Fund intensified, as did the angst and uncertainty of its future, and prospects for a durable recovery. I began at that time a series of conversations with my co-author and friend, Todd Summers, with whom I had written about the Global Fund at its creation a decade ago, and who has remained integrally involved in the Fund’s work. We agreed it would be valuable to compose a candid, fair-minded look back at the root causes of the Fund's travails, combined with a positive but realistic look forward, focused on the emerging, fragile path to the Fund’s restabilization.
In early November, I traveled to Tokyo and Fukushima City, Japan where I had the chance to meet with a diverse group of experts, both within and outside government, involved in the health reconstruction effort. From my visit, I took away four major impressions.
The September 19-20 High-Level Meeting at the UN General Assembly was a high-profile, somewhat risky and ultimately sobering test of the proposition that non-communicable disorders (NCDs) could become a new global health priority. Though the result last week for NCDs fell far short of a transformative moment, it was hardly a failure. Indeed there were many achievements. Outcomes were mixed, were largely predictable, and were shaped by a profoundly different set of economic and political factors at play in 2001.
The story of US engagement in South Africa to battle HIV/AIDS over the past decade is one of strategic choice, sustained commitment, and significant human impact, matched by recent strong action by the South African government to assert its leadership in reversing the course of its AIDS epidemic. The story unfolding today is of a delicate, complex transition in lead responsibilities – from the United States to South Africa -- that is highly fraught with risks. Several colleagues from CSIS visited South Africa in August to examine this change