Global Health Policy Center Monthly Newsletter: October 2017
October 5, 2017
Welcome to the October 2017 newsletter from the Global Health Policy Center (GHPC) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)! We invite you to catch up on our latest content.
The HIV Working Group:
In February 2017, we convened an expert working group on HIV to discuss critical issues affecting continued U.S. leadership on HIV and progress toward control of the pandemic. The working group was led by Sara Allinder, GHPC Deputy Director and Senior Fellow; Janet Fleischman, GHPC Senior Associate; Todd Summers, GHPC Senior Adviser; and Richard Downie, Deputy Director and Fellow of the CSIS Africa Program. The group was comprised of experts in academia, implementation, policy, research, and industry who examined four key areas: the evolution of and next steps for the U.S. response; the Global Fund-PEPFAR relationship; HIV response sustainability and country ownership; and the needs of adolescent girls and young women. These efforts culminated in the following eight papers, which are available on the working group’s webpage. A hardcopy compendium will be available at CSIS at our October 16 HIV event (see event details under Upcoming Events).
In these papers, we recommend that the Trump Administration and Congress protect the unique whole-of-government bilateral and multi-lateral U.S. approach to global HIV; strive for epidemic control of HIV in target countries while sustaining investments in others; invest in programs for adolescent girls and young women; maintain vaccine and cure research; and incentivize partner country self-reliance.
- Opportunities for U.S. Leadership at Its Moment of Reckoning on Global HIV, the working group’s chapeau paper and an expanded version of “A Moment of Reckoning for U.S. Leadership on Global HIV”
- Advancing Country Partnerships on HIV/AIDS
- The Global Fund and PEPFAR: Complementary, Successful, and Under Threat
- The Next Frontier: Stop New HIV Infections in Adolescent Girls and Young Women
- Addressing HIV in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Malawi: The DREAMS Partnership
- U.S. HIV Investment in Cambodia: Small Program, Big Opportunity
- The U.S.-Thai Partnership against HIV
- On September 18, we held the premiere screening of our new documentary, “The New Barbarianism,” at the Annenberg Theater at the Newseum. This hour-long film explores the surge of violence we’ve witnessed in recent years against the health sector across multiple wars, both new and old, and the accompanying shredding of international humanitarian norms. Through over 30 on-camera interviews with prominent leaders, including Senator John McCain and David Milliband, and first hand footage from Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan, we examine the reality of what is occurring on the ground; explain the factors that are driving this escalation of violence; and explore the diverse efforts underway—politically, militarily, diplomatically, operationally, and in terms of documentation—to mitigate these effects. The screening concluded with a panel discussion around these topics. The full documentary can be viewed here. This documentary is also leading to a follow-on CSIS initiative focused on revalidating and updating Article 19 of the Geneva Conventions. If you have questions about the documentary or the initiative, or are interested in showing the documentary, please contact Associate Fellow Chris Millard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- September 26: We hosted a discussion with three leading industry personalities exploring the role of the private sector in advancing global health goals. I moderated the panel, which included Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President of Corporate and Medical Affairs at Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Randy Broiles, Vice President of Africa at ExxonMobil; and Jeff Sturchio, President and CEO of Rabin Martin. The full webcast of the session can be found here.
- September 19: We hosted Ambassador William Brownfield, outgoing Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Drug Enforcement Affairs, for a conversation on the challenges and successes of U.S. leadership in global drug issues and a reflection on his nearly 40 years of service to the State Department as a Career Ambassador. Noting that the opioid crisis is an overwhelmingly domestic crisis, Amb. Brownfield stressed the significant international component to finding a solution: the U.S. must cooperate with Mexico, China, and Afghanistan to curb the production and transportation of heroin and fentanyl. He underscored the need for reforms to U.N. organizations to improve the international system’s ability to schedule illicit drugs, spotlighting the success of the April 2016 UNGA Special Session in reaching consensus on a common set of drug policy reform principles. Lastly, Amb. Brownfield recounted challenges to the war on drugs in Colombia, Central America, and Mexico, but reasoned that decades of successful bilateral cooperation and increased regionalization are causes for hope. With only eight working days remaining, Ambassador Brownfield reiterated his belief in the power of moral and ethical U.S. diplomacy. The full webcast of the session can be found here.
- September 14: We hosted Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a by-invitation luncheon to discuss his new initiative, “Resolve to Save Lives.” In attendance were approximately 40 senior individuals spanning the public, private, and NGO communities. Dr. Frieden is President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolve, a $225 million, 5-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies, a non-profit global health organization working toward the vision that all people are protected by a strong public health system. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this initiative seeks to save more than 100 million lives worldwide by preventing cardiovascular disease and is also focused on helping countries close gaps in epidemic preparedness and response.
- Dr. Tom Frieden on His New Initiative “Resolve to Save Lives”: In this episode, which I hosted, Dr. Frieden discusses his new initiative.
- The podcast series is available here and on iTunes. Please subscribe using the podcast app.
- In late September, Sara, Associate Director Cathryn Streifel, and Senior Fellow Nellie Bristol traveled to Seattle for the 20th Anniversary of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) conference. Keynote speakers Bill Gates and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim highlighted the tremendous contribution the GBD has made in global health data and what opportunities exist to make more informed policy decisions. A webcast of the conference can be found here. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) also launched a new data visualization app with GBD data to aid data use. The app “Health Atlas” is available here.
- October 16: History and Future of the Global HIV/AIDS Response: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Merson and Dr. Stephen Inrig: On the occasion of the release of their new book “The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response,” we will host Dr. Michael Merson, Duke University Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, and Dr. Stephen Inrig, Mount Saint Mary’s University Associate Professor, from 10:00am to 11:30am on Monday, October 16, in our 2nd Floor Conference Center. Drs. Merson and Inrig will discuss the origins and evolution of the global HIV response, as well as critical current and future issues affecting the fight against HIV worldwide. Please register here.
“This ambitious book provides a comprehensive history of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Programme on AIDS (GPA), using it as a unique lens to trace the global response to the AIDS pandemic. The authors describe how WHO came initially to assume leadership of the global response, relate the strategies and approaches WHO employed over the years, and expound on the factors that led to the Programme’s demise and subsequent formation of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The authors examine the global impact of this momentous transition, portray the current status of the global response to AIDS, and explore the precarious situation that WHO finds itself in today as a lead United Nations agency in global health.
The global response – the strategies adopted, the roads taken and not taken, and the lessons learned – can provide helpful guidance to the global health community as it continues tackling the AIDS pandemic and confronts future global pandemics.”
As always, I welcome your questions and comments.
J. Stephen Morrison
Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies