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Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will lead off with remarks on U.S. and international drug policies, drawing from his participation in the recent meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), held on March 13-14 in Vienna, Austria. As the premier drug control policy making body within the UN system, the CND addressed countering illicit drugs and the power of criminal cartels, strengthening public health approaches, and recent legal changes and the challenges of judicial coordination. The CND is also one of several bodies contributing to debates in the lead-up to the 2016 UN Special Session on Drugs. Following Ambassador Brownfield’s address, there will be a roundtable conversation, moderated by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, that will feature Ambassador Brownfield, Kevin Sabet, former Senior Advisor to Director Kerlikowske at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and currently Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Michel Kazaktchine and Ruth Dreifuss, two members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched in 2011 by 22 international leaders with a special focus on harm reduction and related public health approaches. Michel Kazatchkine is also the former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and currently the UNSG’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Ruth Dreifuss is the former Minister of Health and President of the Swiss Confederation.
“An Emergency that Requires Risk Taking” At the event, CSIS released a new report, “Addressing HIV Risk in Adolescent Girls and Young Women.” The report examines how adolescent girls and young women have become a priority focus in the fight against global HIV/AIDS, the approaches that have proven effective, and the gaps and challenges that remain.
Traffic and Sex on the Road to School Anyone who has visited Dar es Salaam surely remembers the traffic. Stories abound of unreasonably long delays – 45 minutes to make a left turn, a four-hour line to get on the ferry, a drive that takes 20 minutes one day can take two hours on the next. There are obvious economic implications to the impressive traffic jams, but less apparent is the impact on sexual violence and teenage pregnancy.
Hope for a more reasoned U.S. approach to global TB But that progress should not be taken as a justification for reducing U.S. investments in global TB control, as has been suggested by the Obama administration in its budget requests to Congress over the last several years, including in the current cycle. Here are six of the many reasons why global TB remains a major problem, and why continued U.S. engagement is more important than ever:
An adequate workforce: essential to dealing with dangerous unforeseen outbreaks Indeed, the World Health Organization identifies a shortage of skilled health professionals in 83 countries and warns of a global deficit of 12.9 million health care workers by 2035. While not explicitly the focus of the conference, it was clear that this shortage will need to be addressed in order to achieve any number of global health targets, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the
Creating a Roadmap for Global Cancer Care Over the course of the day, presenters worked not only to discredit these misconceptions, but to bring the nature of this global disease into stark relief: cancers comprise an increasing burden of morbidity and mortality and warrant action on an international scale.
SDGs Require both systems and disease-specific funding The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with their focus on HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis along with reducing maternal and child mortality, were forged in a different time. AIDS was ravaging Africa, threatening entire societies with collapse.