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NEWS: Equal Partners in Health: Civil Society and Government Accountability Mechanisms- Best Practice and Lessons Learnt

Action for Global Health is holding a side-event at the UN General Assembly, alongside the Global Health Council and The O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law. The side event will bring together representatives from civil society, government, multilateral organisations, and academia to engage in dialogue on the role of communities and civil society in the design, implementation and accountability of health policies to ensure the provision, coverage and quality of health care.  read more...

NEWS: Ebola Crisis in Liberia

Action for Global Health interview with Prince Kreplah, in Liberia, on the critical role of civil society in helping to win the fight against Ebola. read more...

BLOG:  Post-2015, the MDGs and Health – a lot done, more to do!

This week, Marielle Hart of the Stop AIDS Alliance, Action for Global Health partner, gives us an update on the post-2015 negotiations and the position of health and SRHR.  read more...

BLOG: Counting Down to a New Era of Global Health

The looming deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will prompt a final push to achieve the health targets that have helped guide the global community since 2000: to reduce maternal and child mortality, provide contraception and curb the HIV, TB and malaria epidemics. read more...

NEWS: Tragedy for health community at loss of HIV experts

Action for Global Health is deeply saddened by the tragic death of colleagues en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia. Three colleagues from AfGH’s partner organisation were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight, which has crashed over Ukraine today. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those tragically lost,” AfGH said. read more...

NEWS: "The key to tackling population dilemmas? Empowering women"

Today is World Population Day, a chance to reflect on the challenges population can pose. Whether a country is struggling with a rising or declining population, the solution is the same; the promotion of reproductive rights and gender equality, writes Jenny Tonge, President of AfGH partner, the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF).  read more...

NEWS: MPs express concern at reproductive health omission from WHO draft post-2015 health goal

In a letter to the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, 29 parliamentarians from around the world and across the political spectrum have expressed deep concern at the omission of universal access to reproductive health from the WHO draft health goal for the post-2015 framework and have called for a revision of the organisation’s position.
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BLOG: What does the new European Parliament mean for women’s health?

As the new term of the European Parliament meets for its first sitting in Strasbourg, France, Action for Global Health has written a blog in DSW, based on our interview with Italian MEP, Hon. Pia Locatelli.  read more...

NEWS: Evidence given at the International Development Committee Health Systems Strengthening inquiry

Evidence on health systems was given by Simon Wright, Save the Children on behalf of Action for Global Health today, Tuesday 24 June at the International Development Committee Health Systems Strengthening inquiry.  read more...

NEWS: Action for Global Health strongly condemns acid attack on Austrian MEP during gay pride event

BRUSSELS - Action for Global Health strongly condemns the vicious acid attack on Austrian MEP, Hon. Ulrike Lunacek, which fortunately left her unharmed. The recently elected MEP was sprayed by what was believed to be butyric acid during an interview at the 150,000-strong Gay Pride Festival in Vienna last Saturday. read more...

BLOG: Accountability under Universal Health Coverage: what role should civil society play?

As the call for universal health coverage (UHC) continues to gather pace, there is a growing consensus that we need to go beyond disease-specific or ‘vertical’ interventions to a system-wide, and integrated, approach to tackle the wider social determinants of health.  read more...

PUB: 'Undernutrition in the Land of Rice’

A new report by RESULTS UK entitled; ‘Undernutrition in the Land of Rice’ discusses the rate of undernutrition in Cambodia, despite high economic growth over the past two decades. As the economy is growing the number of undernourished people has barely declined, with 40 percent of children under five stunted. read more...

BLOG: Accessible & Affordable & Achievable – Health in the Post-2015 Agenda

Action for Global Health has convened, alongside VENRO, Action against AIDS Germany, Bread for the World, Medico International, Misereor, Oxfam, Plan International Germany, Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, Terre des Hommes and World Vision, an international Conference on global health. The conference will gather experts on post-2015 and health from civil society organisations, politics, academia, international and implementing organisations.  read more...

NEWS: May 28: International Day of Action for Women’s Health

Join women’s rights activists around the world in the re-launch of May 28th International Day of Action for Women’s Health, by calling on governments and the international community to ensure a holistic, inclusive, and human rights-based approach to women and girls’ health in the Post-2015 Agenda.  read more...

NEWS: World Health Assembly

Action for Global Health, convened a civil society meeting at the World Health Assembly, in coordination with the Global Health Council highlighting the role of civil society in holding governments accountable for the provision, coverage and quality of care under Universal Health Coverage. read more...

NEWS: Talking to our Health Champions: MEP Michael Cashman

This month we are talking to MEP Michael Cashman, a well-known human rights activist, about the opportunities provided by the Post-2015 process, the challenges facing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), LGBTI rights and HIV/AIDS eradication, as well as MEP engagement on human rights both abroad and in the EU.  read more...

NEWS: The Europe We Want Campaign

Ahead of the European Parliamentary elections, on 22-25 May 2014, Action for Global Health is backing The Europe We Want campaign, launched by Concord – calling for a fairer, more equitable Europe that puts people first. The campaign aims to raise awareness and mobilise citizens to not only vote in the elections, but to become informed about the more pressing issues we face as a result of austerity measures and the economic climate.  read more...

NEWS: WHEN WILL EUROPE’S BIGGEST ECONOMIES DELIVER TO THE WORLD’S POOREST?

Action for Global Health responds to the latest OECD figures, which shows that EU member states share of aid to Africa continues to drop, despite highest-ever recorded increase in Official Development Assistance (ODA). read more...

BLOG: World Health Day: Governments need to 'join up and scale up' on health

This World Health Day, Tanya Barron of Action for Global Health partner, Plan UK, reflects on the progresses that have been made since the first World Health Day in 1950, but highlights the health challenges we still face in a world where 6.6 million children die from preventable diseases each year. read more...

NEWS: Talking to our Health Champion, Dr Sharmin Zahan of BRAC

This month we are speaking to ‘Health Champion’, Dr Sharmin Zahan, Programme Manager for Health at Bangladeshi-based development organisation, BRAC. Dr Sharmin develops proposals for BRAC’s community-based health programmes in developing countries worldwide. BRAC is the world’s largest development organisation providing health services and community empowerment to 120 million people throughout Bangladesh - 80 percent of the population.  read more...

BLOG: Civil Society Contribution to Universal Health Coverage in the Post-2015 Framework

Mariam Malik of Pakistani NGO, Heartfile discusses our global health and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) conference in Dakar, the role civil society plays in bridging the gap between policy-makers and communities, as well as their contribution to implementing UHC in the post-2015 framework. read more...

BLOG: Building better links between WASH and the health sector –the role of universal health coverage?

Liam Sollis, of Plan UK marks World Water Day with a blog urging us to remind ourselves of the severe inadequacies with the services and facilities providing adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions across the world. Up to 2.5 billion people are without access to basic sanitation worldwide, over one billion rely on open defecation, and 768 million people are without access to improved sources of drinking water. Clearly, the gravity of the situation needs readdressing in order for WASH conditions to improve globally.  read more...

BLOG: 'Health as a Universal right- Civil Society hopes and struggles'

Network Coordinator, Tim Roosen, reflects upon the successes and outcomes of our civil society conference on global health, and Universal Health Coverage, in 'International Health Policies'. read more...

NEWS: Civil Society Conference on Universal Health Coverage concludes with joint declaration on shaping UHC

Our global Civil Society Conference on  health and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) concluded with a Joint Declaration on how to shape UHC to achieve the Right to Health. The Minister of Health and Social Action of Senegal opened our three-day civil society organisation with recommendations on how to implement UHC worldwide. Minister Awa Coll-Seck highlighted the need to focus on content over semantics when it comes to health. Representatives of civil society from 23 countries – from El Salvador to Zimbabwe –shared experiences, and discussed the efforts required to address the global health challenges of implementing UHC at the country level.
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NEWS: Latest video from Robin Hood Tax Campaign

The Robin Hood Tax campaign takes a cheeky look at what the world might be like in 2024, with a tax which tackles extreme poverty, climate change and cuts to public services! Check out the latest YouTube video and PLEASE sign the petition! read more...

NEWS: Who Pays For Health? Trends in Official Development Assistance for Health

Action for Global Health (AfGH) features in the new edition of Global Health and Diplomacy! Our article, entitled "Who Pays for Health?", is based on our report discussing the latest trends in Official Development Assistance. This edition, which focuses specifically on "Financing for Global Health", also includes articles written by Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS, Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania, and Margaret Chan of WHO.  read more...

NEWS: Health in the post-2015 framework: Analysis of the positions of key European countries with case-studies of the United States and Senegal

AfGH is seeking to better understand the similarities and differences between the post-2015 positions of the European member states, both in relation to the strength of health as a priority for them and their understanding of how it should feature in a goals framework. Having gathered this evidence, this analysis explores key areas of synergy and divergence to identify opportunities and threats for these European countries promoting the strong placement of health in the next framework. read more...

NEWS: Talking to our Health Champions: Esthier Eshiet, professional social worker and development blogger

This month, we are speaking to ‘Health Champion’, Esther Eshiet, a professional social worker and development blogger from Nigeria, about implementing universal health coverage in the post-2015 framework, the challenges facing the SRHR and HIV/AIDS movement and what being healthy means to her. Esther was chosen as a youth ambassador by the European Commission and Plan EU to attend and participate in the high level panel at the 2013 EDDs.  read more...

PUB: Lancet report reveals new investment framework for development in health

A new report commissioned by The Lancet reveals a new investment framework which it claims can be applied in order to 'achieve dramatic health gains by 2035'. The report, entitled, "Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation" comes 20 years after the 1993 World Development Report. read more...

NEWS: Talking to our Health Champions: Jacquelyne Alesi, Programmes Director for the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS

This month, we are speaking  to ‘Health Champion’ Jacquelyne Alesi, Programmes Director for the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS, about her invaluable work with community leaders, the Link Up movement and advocating for young people living with HIV in Uganda. Jacquelyne spoke on the Action for Global Health (AfGH) panel during the European Development Days (EDD) about the need for those living with HIV to be involved in decision making processes and the necessity of meaningful youth participation. read more...

NEWS: EU aid deal demonstrates commitment to global health and education

Action for Global Health (AfGH) welcomes the decision made by the European Parliament to include global health in the final text for the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) regulation, one of the EU’s most important Official Development Assistance (ODA) instruments.  read more...

BLOG: EU Launch of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Report in Addis Ababa

The official EU launch of a new Action for Global Health (AfGH) report on Trends in Official Development Assistance (ODA) was held at the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) -EU joint Assembly in Addis Ababa on the 27th November. Findings were presented by Fanny Voitzwinkler of Global Health Advocates, member of AfGH. read more...

NEWS: New Report: Who Pays for Health? Trends in ODA

A new AfGH report reveals that European donor countries are continuing to evade aid commitments by failing to pay billions of Euros that should have been allocated to global health. The report finds that the wealthiest nations are still giving proportionally less health ODA than poorer EU countries and the increasing use of loans as "ODA" could result in developing nations plunging further into debt. read more...

BLOG: Of Wealth, Health, and Human Rights

After a successful replenishment, The Global Fund now needs to review its strategy for Middle and High Income Countries. This is critical since many health problems still persist even as countries transition into Middle and High Income status.  read more...

BLOG: World Aids Day 2013

This World Aids Day, AfGH partners International HIV/AIDS Alliance have produced a film following the life of Momina, a young Ethiopian woman who was diagnosed HIV positive three years ago. There are an estimated 34 million people worldwide living with HIV and every minute, somewhere in the world, another young woman is infected with HIV. Every young person deserves to receive treatment, support and commitment. Show your support this year by wearing a red ribbon. read more...

NEWS: European Development Days 2013 Exhibition: Health is a Human Right

Tell EU Leaders how they can help realise the right to health for all at our exhibition at the European Development Days 2013 from the 26th to 27th November. The Exhibition aims to give people the opportunity to share their thoughts and comments on an interactive message board as well as watch videos on different health stories.  read more...

BLOG: 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

This week the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health was held in Recife, Brazil with over 2,000 delegates, including Ministers and officials from departments of health, development and finance alongside academics, health workers and civil society. read more...

BLOG: Geneva, we have a problem!

The Global Fund’s New Funding Model (NFM) has passed its pilot phase. The upcoming GFATM Board Meeting (November 7/8 in Geneva) will tie up some of the loose ends. Full roll-out of the NFM is envisaged for 2014. This is great news. However, the Global Fund’s Reform might have Deadly Side Effects.

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DOC: Action for Global Health submits comments on SDSN report

Today Action for Global Health submitted its comments on the report Health in the Framework of Sustainable Development. Our comments can be read by clicking on our news page today.  read more...

BLOG: AfGH hosts important health actors to discuss the future of global health

With New York’s streets in gridlock for US President Obama’s arrival at the UN General Assembly, AfGH co-hosted an event looking at the future of global health.  Speakers and the audience included a minister of health, representatives of UN Member State missions, donor agencies, academia, the private sector and civil society. Together it was a diverse group, representing different interests across the health sector.  read more...

NEWS: AfGH coorganizes today the event "The Road Forward: What's Next for Global Health?"

Action for Global Health, the Global Health Council, and Global Health South are pleased to announce the event, The Road Forward: What’s Next for Global Health?  taking place today at 15:00 in New York City as part of the activities surrounding the UN General Assembly.   read more...

AfGH Spain launches the contest "What is a healthy world to you?"

Today, Action for Global Health Spain launches the contest "What is a healthy world to you?" This contest is part of the broader campaign "I want a healthy world". The aim of this initiative is to invite society to reflect on the right to health through artistic creation. Participants can provide their answers using the format of their preference (an audio message, a video, pictures or text). The best contribution will be awarded. read more...

BLOG: UNGA: The roadmap towards 2015

In a couple of weeks’ time midtown Manhattan will become a hive of activity, and traffic jams, with diplomats, heads of state, private sector representatives and civil society descending there for the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), including this year a ‘special event’ on efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more...

NEWS: The Two "Moroccos"

Our recent study trip to Morocco with the members of the Spanish, Catalonian and Basque all-party parliamentary groups on population, development and reproductive health has proved the importance of sharing reflections and experiences in the field with decision-makers. This is key to a deeper understanding of our mutual positions; to ensuring decision-makers know better our goals as advocates, and to us being able to advocate the right to health immersed in the reality we aim to change read more...

BLOG: 1 Million Strong! A petition for the Financial Transaction Tax

‘1 Million Strong!’ is the title of a petition launched on the 30th of August, and backed by Action for Global Health, that is calling for a broad-based Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) in Europe and the allocation of the revenues to global goods. Signing the petition is a sign to support politicians that are willing to put people before banks, to have the finance industry pay the costs of the financial crisis, and contribute to sustainable additional revenue for developing countries to build their future. read more...

NEWS: Action for Global Health launches its series "Talking to our Health Champions" with Portuguese MP Ms Monica Ferro

Social Democrat MP Ms Mónica Ferro, who has been a member of the Portuguese Parliament since 2011, gives us the first interview of our new ‘Talking to our Health Champions’ column. Ms Ferro is the Chair of the All Party Group for Population and Development and Lecturer at the University of Lisbon and is a strong supporter of health in the development agenda. Passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, she has recently participated in the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur. read more...

BLOG: EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs joins other European leaders to call for Universal Health Coverage

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) seems to be gaining momentum in Europe as the countdown towards 2015 continues. EC Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs told DEVEX this week that “more emphasis should be put on the critical issue of universal health coverage” in the High Level Panel Report on 2015 – a panel which The Commissioner sits on. This interview followed a presentation earlier in the week to researchers, aid officials and representatives from civil society and EU member states, in which Commissioner Piebalgs stated that “Universal Health Coverage must be a goal, not just a means to achieve something else”. read more...

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