Global Health Resource Center

This Global Health Resource Center provides insights and analysis from the UN Foundation’s global health experts.

From addressing current health crises to highlighting emerging challenges – like pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance – our global health team supports UN agencies, such as the World Health Organization, and other partners to promote better health for all.

Check back often to explore topics ranging from the pandemic accord to the World Health Assembly to polio eradication. Also, be sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest global health news.

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Insights & Commentary

Tracking the Pandemic Agreement: Countries’ Last Crack at an Accord by May: Over two years ago, world leaders committed to negotiating an innovative, legally-binding instrument to strengthen our collective pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response (PPPR).

Humanly Possible: Protecting Immunization’s Profound Progress: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is seeking replenishment from donor governments, while many low- and middle-income countries are striving to catch up ton childhood immunizations.

Progress and Promise: Compelling Reasons for Optimism in Immunization for the Year 2024: Data released by WHO and UNICEF showed that routine immunization rates had started to improve since the beginning of the pandemic but not enough.

COP28 Health Day Reflections: Bringing a People-Centered Approach to the Climate Crisis: For the first time, COP28 brought together ministers of health and health experts from around the world, alongside climate leaders – from ministers of energy and environment to adaptation, mitigation, and resilience experts and others.

Building on Polio’s Legacy: Webinar Unveils Strategies to Transform Polio Investments into Resilient Health Systems: UN Foundation and the Civil Society Working Group on Polio Integration and Transition hosted a webinar to provide a platform to discuss the new strategy for polio transition and the challenges associated with this process.

Why Universal Health Coverage Remains a New Year’s Resolution for Global Health: Over half of the world’s population lives without access to essential health services. Each year on December 12, Universal Health Coverage Day recognizes the urgent need to address this unacceptable inequality.

Ahead of COP28 Health Day: Addressing the Growing Threat of Vector-Borne Diseases: The first-even health day at COP28 is a crucial moment for the global community to rethink climate action in terms of priorities and solutions to address the growing impact of climate change on health.

Charting the Course for the AMR Agenda in 2024: In 2024, the UN General Assembly will convene its second high-level meeting on the subject of antimicrobial resistance.

Inching Toward a Pandemic Accord: A Review of the Latest Text: Since December 2021, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body has conducted six formal meetings and numerous informal discussions to consider the purpose and scope of a new legal instrument to prepare the world for future pandemics.

R21 Vaccine: Another Ray of Hope Lighting the Path to a World Free of Malaria: WHO recommended R21/Matrix-M, the world’s second malaria vaccine, bringing a ray of hope, not just for the tens of thousands of kids whose lives could be saved each year by this vaccine, but also for all those living in areas of high malaria transmission.

UNGA High-Level Meetings on Health: What Did We Learn?: UNGA 78’s unprecedented focus on health signals tremendous interest and concern about the challenges and opportunities ahead for protecting public health.

Take These Steps to Help Make Polio History: WHO outlines three small actions anyone can take to help end polio.

Making Global Health Policy at UNGA 78: The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly will feature three greatly anticipated high-level meetings on global health topics, including pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPPR), universal health coverage (UHC), and the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

Climate Change Threatens to Undo Malaria Control Progress: Vector-borne diseases have been considered a problem only in tropical areas for many years. Nevertheless, during the past two decades, they have emerged and re-emerged, spreading to new parts of the world

Deep Dive Into Troubling New Measles Data: While several countries have made impressive strides to improve DTP vaccine coverage rates, low-income countries continue to lag behind, and measles immunization coverage remains low in most parts of the world.

Assessing Progress & Confronting Hurdles in Polio Eradication: The fight against polio is at a critical juncture as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) aims to eliminate all polio cases by the end of 2023.

Gavi Mid-Term Review: Countries Speak Up on Immunization: From June 13-15, 2023, representatives from all constituencies of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, met in Madrid to discuss the Alliance’s progress toward its 2021-2025 immunization targets. Here are the main takeaways.

Controlling Vector-borne Diseases in Complex Operating Environments: Humanitarian emergencies often result in prolonged internal or external displacement, increased risk of disease transmission, strained health systems, and collapse of supply chains.

WHO Celebrates 75th Anniversary at World Health Assembly: As the world emerges from the acute phase of the COVID-19 emergency, countries used this Assembly – which marks WHO’s 75th anniversary – to consider how to regain lost ground and contribute to a WHO that is fit to meet future needs.

Climate Change Fuels the Spread of Malaria: In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported approximately 247 million malaria cases and 619,000 deaths worldwide, with 95% of the disease burden concentrated in the WHO African region.

Leveraging Civil Society Contributions for Polio Efforts in Africa: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have a vital role to play in the control of infectious diseases.

Debunking Pandemic Accord Mis- and Disinformation: Over the last year, mis- and disinformation about the current process by WHO Member States to draft and negotiate an international agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response has been circulating online and in some media coverage.

Women Are the Backbone of Immunization Efforts & Polio Eradication: Roughly 25 million children are missing out on life-saving vaccines due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, humanitarian crises, and misinformation, putting children at risk for preventable diseases such as polio and measles.

Putting Pandemic Preparedness Reforms to the Test: Key efforts towards strengthening the global capacities for PPR have begun to take shape at the international, regional, and national levels.

Promoting the Inclusion of Displaced Populations in HIV, TB, and Malaria Programs: Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis (TB) present unique risks to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world.

Walking the Talk on Sustainably Financing WHO: The COVID-19 pandemic put in stark relief the vital role that the World Health Organization (WHO) plays as the leading global authority for health.

The Pandemic Accord: Actualizing Ambition in 2023: Recognizing the moral and technical failure of the global response to COVID-19, Member States of the World Health Organization are seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance international cooperation through this new agreement.

Reports & Resources

 

It’s Humanly Possible: In 2024, vaccines need urgent support to reach those who still miss out. That’s why WHO and partners are calling on governments everywhere to prioritize investment in immunization.

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund – Impact: Read stories of impact from a network of partners joining together to stop the deadly virus.

Leave No Fever Unresolved: The Malaria Pathway to End this Pandemic and Prevent the Next: The lessons learned and the infrastructure built to fight malaria can help map a pathway to a more health-secure future.

Malaria & The Sustainable Development Goals: A RBM Partnership to End Malaria and United Nations Foundation Toolkit presented by United to Beat Malaria.

Multisectoral Action Guide to End Malaria: This Multisectoral action guide was developed to support malaria advocacy outside the health sector, specifically detailing interventions that facilitate the malaria response in various settings.

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