May 2018
International Community Health Network
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The latest news and resources from CORE Group , our membership , and the broader global health community.
This month: The World Health Assembly (WHA) took place May 21-26, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland
Photo by World Health Organization
Experts from around the world gathered in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations Palais to discuss pressing global health issues. Delegates agreed upon a 5-year strategic plan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , with a focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030. The three key targets are:
  • 1 billion more people benefit from universal health coverage;
  • 1 billion more people are better protected from health emergencies; and
  • 1 billion more people enjoy better health and wellbeing.

Together, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, achieving these targets could save 29 million lives.
CORE Group Announcements
Next Week: The Global Health Practitioners' Conference
Community Health Action for the Humanitarian-Development Nexus
Protracted humanitarian crises are becoming the new norm. But what does that mean for hard-won development gains? And what does it mean for future development? Next week, we're bringing together the world's top minds in community health to discuss.
Last minute change of plans? Don't want to miss out? You can still register here .

If you can't make it in person, follow the action on Twitter at #GHPC18 and watch the plenaries live .
Noncommunicable Diseases Workshop
Following the regular conference, CORE Group will host a workshop on integrating noncommunicable diseases into global health programs to achieve the SDGs. This workshop will be led by member organization Advancing Synergy.

Registration for this workshop is still open .
Join Our Team
CORE Group is currently hiring for the following positions:
Global Engagement Updates
Lisa Hilmi, Executive Director of CORE Group attended WHA as a Global Health Council delegate and participated in several side meetings and official WHA events. “Two key issues highlighted by Dr. Tedros that are especially relevant for CORE Group members, is WHO’s commitment to including the voice and participation of civil society in every aspect of WHO’s strategic plan. Additionally, the priority of strengthening WHO’s emergency program and country operations, response and collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, will be important for CORE Group members. The emphasis on frontline health workers’ role in community health and UHC, including nursing and midwives, is also an encouraging sign of change and commitment at WHO,” remarked Ms. Hilmi.
Member Updates
Global Health Council at the World Health Assembly
The Global Health Council (GHC) brought a delegation of civil society representatives to WHA71 to advocate on global health issues. The GHC delegation delivered statements on topics such as public health preparedness, climate change, polio, mHealth, and people-centered health services. The many exciting events have been captured on GHC's #CivilSocietySpeaks Twitter Moment . As the week came to a close, Loyce Pace, GHC's President and Executive Director, discussed her key takeaways around partnership .
New Resources
UNICEF, World Bank Group, WHO, ECDAN, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
The Framework provides an evidence-based road map for action and outlines how policies and services can support parents, families, other caregivers and communities in providing nurturing care for young children. It calls for attention to be paid to communities where children are most at risk of being left behind.
Hesperian Health Guides
Hesperian's classic health care manual has recently been updated in English, Spanish and Haitian Kreyol. The updated edition includes the latest pharmaceutical information, new information on mosquito-borne illnesses, vision and eye problems, contraception, and more. It is also available in Portuguese and Urdu.
International Rescue Committee
This article highlights how program data was analyzed to inform program changes, including improved coaching and supportive supervision, introduction of postpartum IUDs and the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system, and enhanced behavior change communication.
Jhpiego
This manual provides IPC guidance to hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in resource-limited settings. Jhpiego collaborated with colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Medicine to update and expand its 2003 IPC manual u sing the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines.
Hesperian Health Guides 
This resource, newly released in Spanish, is critical in the movement for women’s health. It provides resources to help women and men to counteract harmful gender roles, promote safe motherhood, improve access to family planning, end gender-based violence, and more. It is also available in English, Khmer and Lao.
International Rescue Committee
Participatory action research (PAR) began in July 2015 to build communication between stakeholder groups. It also served to identify impacts of the epidemic and shared actions to improve the system. Findings suggest that PAR generated evidence and improved communication and community and health worker interaction.
PATH, DefeatDD
Investing in integrated actions in the early years of a child’s life creates a positive cycle that builds human capital, strengthens economies, reduces future healthcare costs and contributes to national development. New analysis shows that major health gains and improved cost-effectiveness are possible if decision-makers act now to coordinate, integrate and invest in child health and WASH interventions.
MEASURE Evaluation
This database provides a comprehensive listing of the most widely used indicators for evaluating FP/RH programs in developing countries.
Featured Opportunities
Deadline for submissions: 10 June, 2018 | PMNCH, WHO
This Request for Proposals is for “Implementing a small grants programme to support civil society engagement, alignment and coordinated action for improved women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, particularly in relation to the Global Financing Facility".
Deadline for submissions: June 14, 2018 | Medtronic Foundation
Medtronic Foundation is seeking project ideas to test or scale solutions that improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery by addressing gaps in distance, time or people, while leading to demonstrable health outcomes for underserved populations.
Deadline for Submissions: July 15, 2018 | Bulletin of the World Health Organization
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization will publish a theme issue on noncommunicable diseases. This theme issue will focus on the political economy and experiences in addressing the commercial drivers of noncommunicable diseases, as well as the impact of international trade on government policy on these diseases.
Deadline for submissions: August 25, 2018 | Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH is issuing a call for abstract or symposium submissions for their conference from March 8-10 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Abstract submissions may be oral or posters, while symposiums should be proposals for sessions or panels.
Upcoming Events
May 31 - 12 July, 2018 | Online | World Vision
This series of five webinars will provide a platform for learning. Ultimately, it aims to build a global menstrual hygiene movement and community of practice.
June 4 - 7, 2018 | Bethesda, Maryland | CORE Group
Discuss emerging challenges and gaps in community health. Explore tools and interventions to address them. Engage in dialogue and learning with diverse stakeholders. Contribute to greater programmatic impact through collaboration.
June 5, 2018 | Online | Community Health Community of Practice
The Community Health Community of Practice is hosting a webinar where the speakers discuss the Proactive Community Case Management intervention conducted in peri-urban Mali. It will be an opportunity to hear how the approach has successfully reduced under-five mortality.
June 12 - 14, 2018 | Washington, DC | InterAction
InterAction Forum 2018 will feature the more than 1,000 attendees world's most influential and inspiring organizations, change makers, and executives from the public, private and NGO sectors.
June 18 - 19, 2018 | London, United Kingdom | WHO/IBP Initiative
This event will focus on Leveraging New Partnerships in Family Planning and Reproductive Health. It is a platform to share experiences, exchange resources, and engage Europe-based partners.
June 19, 2018 | Washington, DC | Maternal Child Survival Program, Health Finance and Governance
15,000 children and 830 women die each day from preventable causes. Health system specialists from Ghana and Guinea discuss how we can prevent these deaths.
June 25-30, 2018 | Grand Saline, Texas | Christian Health Service Corps
This course provides an overview of tropical diseases in a case-based format and highlights the provision of quality care through application of global health guidelines. Up to 41.5 continuing education credits are available.
June 27 - 28, 2018 | Washington, DC | Food Aid Quality Review, Tufts University
This event will synthesize food assistance for nutrition research, facilitate dialogue on policy and programming, and identify priority domains for future research.
October 24-25, 2018 | New York City | Ideas42
The summit aims to help attendees use cutting-edge research on human behavior to improve individual and group performance. Registration is now open.
Find more upcoming global health events and submit your own.
News & Articles
What you need to know about the Ebola vaccine - Scientific American

To beat Ebola, we must understand local culture and public health approaches - The Atlantic

How the Ebola outbreak is testing an emergency fund meant to prevent pandemics - IRIN

One dollar invested in public health yields a $34 return on investment - New York Times

Why it’s so hard to end polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan - Goats and Soda and IRIN

Diagnosing infectious disease with a portable lab the size of a shoebox - STAT News

Nepalese drones reach remote Himalayan communities with care - Reuters

A call for palliative care in humanitarian emergencies - NewsDeeply

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