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The Most Important Meeting in Town
2014 IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings. Toward Universal Health Coverage for 2030. Speakers: Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Lawrence H. Summers, Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University; Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayor, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization.Posted April 16, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC—Last week, as thousands of people gathered in Washington to admire the cherry blossoms, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank held their annual spring meetings. A key event of the meetings, co-hosted by the World Bank and World Health Organization, was titled “Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030,” and it was described by one of the meeting’s panelists as the “most important meeting in town." [ more ]
Dominican Republic's National Council for HIV and AIDS Celebrates Zero Discrimination Day
Zero Tolerance for StigmaPosted March 6, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—The National Council for HIV and AIDS (Consejo Nacional para el VIH y el SIDA [CONAVIHSIDA]) celebrated the first Zero Discrimination Day with an event addressing the impact of stigma and discrimination on individuals and public health efforts to reduce HIV transmission. Key government officials, including the Minister of Public Health, Attorney General, and the U.S. Ambassador attended the half-day event on March 6. [ more ]
The Lancet Profiles PPD ARO Leader
Picture of Dr. Jotham MusinguziPosted January 22, 2014 LONDON, England—The January 4, 2014 issue of The Lancet features a profile of USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) partner, Dr. Jotham Musinguzi. Dr. Musinguzi is the regional director of Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), which works to strengthen political support for family planning in Africa. Through HPP, PPD ARO provides technical assistance for advocacy targeting parliamentarians and other stakeholders in four countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda). [ more ]
Saving Mothers, Giving Life: A Year of Results and Lessons Learned
A mother holding her infantPosted January 15, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC—The USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, and Columbia University at an event celebrating the successes of the first year of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life program. Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a five-year public-private partnership aiming to drastically reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Since the program’s inception in June of 2012 maternal mortality rates in pilot districts were cut by a third, with a 30 percent decrease in maternal deaths in Uganda, and a 35 percent decrease in Zambia. [ more ]
Dr. Suneeta Sharma Appointed HPP Project Director
Picture of Suneeta SharmaPosted January 8, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID-funded Health Policy Project is pleased to announce Suneeta Sharma, PhD, as its new project director. Dr. Sharma brings more than 20 years of experience in health policy, financing, and equity. She has worked in both academia and global health programming, focusing on policy and evidence-based solutions to health systems challenges at the country level. [ more ]
New Skills Help Afghan Ministry of Public Health Track Expenditure Data
Two men working on a laptopPosted January 6, 2014 KABUL, Afghanistan—When governments are able to track health spending, they benefit from increased accountability and transparency, as well as better-informed decision making for budgeting. To monitor the country’s health spending, since 2008 the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has used the powerful National Health Accounts (NHA) tracking tool to understand who is spending health funds and where and how those funds are being spent. [ more ]
Building Afghanistan’s Capacity to Improve Healthcare Efficiency and Sustainability
Picture of  Mohammad ZawoliPosted January 6, 2014 KABUL, Afghanistan—In 1979, the year the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Mohammad Zawoli was born in a village in the eastern province of Ghazni. Throughout the war-torn years of his childhood, a time when many Afghans lost access to even basic education, Zawoli learned to read from his family’s library of religious books, and enrolled in a local school that reopened when he was 12. He let nothing get in the way of his education, and eventually graduated with a degree in macroeconomics from Kabul University. [ more ]
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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with CEDPA (part of Plan International USA), Futures Institute, Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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