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Global Fund Results Report Reveals COVID-19 Devastating Impact on HIV, TB and Malaria Programs

September 8th, 2021|

GENEVA – The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on the fight against HIV, TB and malaria in 2020, according to a new report released by the Global Fund today. The Results Report shows that [...]

AUSTRALIAN GLOBAL HEALTH ALLIANCE STATEMENT ON AFGHANISTAN

August 21st, 2021|

The Australian Global Health Alliance holds grave concerns for the health and wellbeing of all Afghan people in light of recent events, particularly for the health, safety and rights of women and girls. Despite long-term [...]

World Hepatitis Day 2021: Unitaid paving the way for hepatitis C elimination

July 28th, 2021|

Unitaid has invested more than US$ 45 million into hepatitis C since 2015, driving the development of better and more affordable tools and demonstrating that it is possible to reach – and cure – [...]

Innovative agreement launches affordable, optimal second-line HIV treatment in low- and middle-income countries

July 26th, 2021|

Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) announce pricing agreement with pharmaceutical company Hetero Labs LTD to make available generic version of best-in-class second-line therapy for people living with HIV Geneva, 26 [...]

COVAX and World Bank to Accelerate Vaccine Access for Developing Countries

July 26th, 2021|

New mechanism builds on Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) cost-sharing arrangement Washington DC / Geneva, 26 July 2021 – COVAX and the World Bank will accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supply for developing countries through a [...]

FIND and Unitaid invest to support technology transfer and boost local production of COVID-19 rapid tests in low- and middle-income countries

July 15th, 2021|

Technology transfer agreements signed to enable expanded production of high-quality antigen rapid tests in Africa and Latin America Agreements signed with DCN Dx to transfer know-how to WAMA Diagnóstica (Brazil), and Bionote and Mologic [...]

Global Fund Applauds Switzerland’s Leadership in The Global Fight Against COVID-19

July 14th, 2021|

14 July 2021 GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria praised the decision by the Swiss Federal Council to make available CHF300 million to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator [...]

New Partnership launched to accelerate elimination of relapsing P. vivax malaria that poses a risk to an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide

July 14th, 2021|

The Partnership for Vivax Elimination (PAVE) will support endemic countries in achieving their Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) malaria elimination goals. PAVE will advance the development of quality-assured, child-friendly treatments for relapse prevention, and generate and consolidate [...]

Gavi signs agreements with Sinopharm and Sinovac for immediate supply to COVAX

July 12th, 2021|

The signed advance purchase agreements will make doses available to COVAX starting from July to help address immediate and critical gaps in supply Addition of the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, which have already been [...]

Unitaid statement on WHO recommendations for tocilizumab and sarilumab

July 7th, 2021|

Geneva, 7 July 2021 – Unitaid welcomes new recommendations released by the World Health Organisation for the clinical care package for patients with severe or critical COVID-19, adding two medicines (tocilizumab and sarilumab). Having more treatment options is [...]

Joint COVAX Statement on the equal recognition of vaccines

July 1st, 2021|

Geneva/New York/Oslo, 1 July 2021 – COVAX was built on the principle of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect the health of people all across the globe. That means protecting their lives and livelihoods, [...]

6 million children benefitting from the first ever multi-antigen vaccination campaign

July 1st, 2021|

Harare, 1 July 2021 – UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and WHO have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to launch a new vaccine campaign introducing typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) into the [...]

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Alliance Chair, Professor Brendan Crabb AC

July 1st, 2021|

1 July 2021, Melbourne: The Australian Global Health Alliance has today announced Professor Brendan Crabb AC as its incoming Chair. The Australian Global Health Alliance is Australia’s pre-eminent peak body for global health organisations and [...]

Gavi signs agreement with Clover Biopharmaceuticals for supply to COVAX

June 30th, 2021|

The signed advance purchase agreement (APA) will make up to 414 million doses of the Clover vaccine candidate available to the COVAX Facility, pending WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) Supply will be available to [...]

Indonesia introduces Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) across the country

June 30th, 2021|

Gavi, UNICEF and partners collaborate on nationwide introduction, which will see all children from the age of two months protected from pneumonia by 2022 The country has received 1.6 million doses of the vaccine [...]

Gavi Board strengthens commitment to reaching the most vulnerable through routine immunisation and COVAX

June 25th, 2021|

Gavi Board makes key strategic decisions to support Gavi’s 5.0 strategy of leaving no child behind through immunisation; doubles down on ambitious targets for COVAX New market-shaping strategy, alliances with civil society among measures [...]

Gavi and the Global Fund sign groundbreaking agreement with International Federation of Accountants to support in-country financial management

June 24th, 2021|

Geneva, 24 June 2021 – Global health leaders Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have joined forces with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) to contribute to, and support, the implementation [...]

What does COVAX’s latest supply forecast tell us?

June 23rd, 2021|

23 June 2021 – by Aurélia Nguyen, Managing Director, Office of the COVAX Facility COVAX’s latest supply forecast is now published. According to this latest assessment, the vaccines pillar of the ACT-Accelerator will have 1.9 billion [...]

Unitaid’s Executive Board meets to discuss strategic direction in an evolving global health landscape at 38th meeting

June 18th, 2021|

Geneva, 18 June 2021 – The Executive Board recognized Unitaid’s leadership and agility in responding to COVID-19 and discussed new challenges and opportunities facing the organization during its 38th meeting, held virtually from 16th to 18th June. Unitaid’s board [...]

Unprecedented cooperation with global oxygen suppliers paves way to increase access for low- and middle-income countries to address COVID-19 crisis

June 15th, 2021|

Agreement brokered by Unitaid and CHAI under the COVID-19 Oxygen Emergency Taskforce sees two of the world’s largest medical oxygen suppliers each collaborate with these ACT-Accelerator partners on increased access in low- and middle-income [...]

G7 announces pledges of 870 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, of which at least half to be delivered by the end of 2021

June 13th, 2021|

COVAX welcomes dose sharing commitments for 870 million additional doses to support equitable access to vaccines in 2021 and 2022, with the aim to deliver at least half by the end of 2021 The [...]

UK government funding cuts: statement from Unitaid’s Chair and Executive Director

June 10th, 2021|

Geneva, 10 June 2021 – Unitaid has been informed by the Government of the United Kingdom that our funding from the UK has been cut from an expected £77 million in 2021 to just £6 million. [...]

Gavi welcomes U.S. decision to procure 500 million vaccine doses to be delivered through COVAX

June 10th, 2021|

US Government scheme, announced today, will see 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine distributed through the COVAX Facility Deliveries will begin in August, with 200 million to be shipped in 2021 and a [...]

USAID hack is ‘wakeup call’ for aid industry on cybersecurity

June 7th, 2021|

This article appeared on Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/usaid-hack-is-wakeup-call-for-aid-industry-on-cybersecurity-100028 By Adva Saldinger// 04 June 2021 A cyberattack that mimicked the U.S. Agency for International Development’s email marketing account to target development and humanitarian organizations last week could be a [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: AUSTRALIA PLEDGES AN ADDITIONAL $50M FOR COVAX

June 2nd, 2021|

 MEDIA RELEASE2 June 2021The Australian Global Health Alliance and Pacific Friends of Global Health welcome the news that the Australian Government has pledged an additional $50 million to COVAX, the global mechanism to ensure access [...]

World leaders unite to commit to global equitable access for COVID-19 vaccines

June 2nd, 2021|

The Gavi COVAX AMC Summit “One World Protected” virtual event, hosted today by the Government of Japan and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, raised US$ 2.4 billion from nearly 40 donor governments, the private sector [...]

New Zealand transfers vaccine doses to COVAX – 6 Pacific nations first to benefit

June 1st, 2021|

Responding to an urgent need for doses around the world, the Government of New Zealand has pledged to transfer 1.6 million doses allocated through COVAX to lower-income economies. These doses, entirely funded by New [...]

G20 Reaffirms Commitment to ACT-A to Fight COVID-19

May 21st, 2021|

21 May 2021 ROME – G20 leaders and heads of international and regional organizations reaffirmed their commitment to fight pandemics and support the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator –a ground breaking collaboration of global [...]

Unitaid supports new Global Initiative to end Cryptococcal Meningitis deaths by 2030

May 13th, 2021|

Geneva, 13th May 2021 – Unitaid is pleased to support the new Global Initiative to end Cryptococcal Meningitis deaths by 2030, launched on May 12th 2021 by key partners in the Cryptococcal Meningitis Advocacy Group. This [...]

Japan to host Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Summit

May 12th, 2021|

Geneva, 12 May 2021 – The Government of Japan yesterday announced that it will host the virtual Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Summit on June 2nd 2021. The event, co-hosted by Japanese Prime Minister H.E. Yoshihide [...]

Global Fund 45th Board Meeting Reports Continued Progress Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

May 12th, 2021|

Global Fund 45th Board Meeting Reports Continued Progress Despite COVID-19 Pandemic 12 May 2021 GENEVA – The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria overwhelmingly praised the continued progress of [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: CONCERN FOR A DECLINING AID BUDGET DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

May 11th, 2021|

11 May 2021: The Australian Global Health Alliance – Australia’s peak body for global health organisations – and Pacific Friends of Global Health are alarmed by the Australian Government’s decision to decrease its foreign [...]

Unitaid statement on US support for IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

May 6th, 2021|

Unitaid statement on US support for IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines Geneva, 6th May 2021 – Unitaid welcomes the decision of the United States government to support a waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 [...]

Access to HIV self-tests significantly expanded and costs halved thanks to Unitaid agreement

April 28th, 2021|

Access to HIV self-tests significantly expanded and costs halved thanks to Unitaid agreement Photo credits: PSI/Dogsontherunphotography Self-testing vital tool to help people know HIV status – but market has been dominated by single oral-based [...]

Immunization services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases

April 26th, 2021|

Immunization services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases Ambitious new global strategy aims to save over 50 million lives through vaccination. Geneva/New York, 26 [...]

France makes important vaccine dose donation to COVAX

April 23rd, 2021|

France makes important vaccine dose donation to COVAX Today, to mark the first year of the creation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France has begun sharing [...]

World Malaria Day: Unitaid commits to ensure increased and equitable access to life-saving tools against malaria

April 23rd, 2021|

World Malaria Day : Unitaid commits to ensure increased and equitable access to life-saving tools against malaria Geneva – Ahead of World Malaria Day, marked annually on April 25, Unitaid reaffirms its strong commitment to [...]

Global leaders rally to accelerate access to COVID-19 vaccines for lower-income countries

April 15th, 2021|

Global leaders rally to accelerate access to COVID-19 vaccines for lower-income countries The “One World Protected” Event, hosted today by the United States and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, launched a campaign to raise US$ [...]

Unitaid commemorates World Chagas Day with a new initiative to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease

April 14th, 2021|

Unitaid commemorates World Chagas Day with a new initiative to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease Chagas disease affects between 6 and 7 million people worldwide and kills 10,000 people annually. In Latin America, [...]

New Global Fund Report Shows Massive Disruption to Health Care Caused by COVID-19 in Africa and Asia

April 13th, 2021|

New Global Fund Report Shows Massive Disruption to Health Care Caused by COVID-19 in Africa and Asia 13 April 2021 GENEVA – A new report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria [...]

COVAX reaches over 100 economies, 42 days after first international delivery

April 8th, 2021|

COVAX reaches over 100 economies, 42 days after first international delivery The COVAX Facility has now delivered life-saving vaccines to over 100 economies since making its first international delivery to Ghana on February 24th [...]

Global Fund Thanks Germany for EUR 140 million Contribution

April 8th, 2021|

Global Fund Thanks Germany for EUR 140 million Contribution 08 April 2021 GENEVA – The Global Fund applauds Germany’s leadership in the global response to COVID-19 and warmly welcomes an additional contribution of EUR 140 [...]

Gavi and Save the Children form global partnership to immunise zero-dose and vulnerable children

March 31st, 2021|

Gavi and Save the Children form global partnership to immunise zero-dose and vulnerable children The partnership will focus on reaching children who are currently receiving no routine vaccines and marginalised communities in line with [...]

United States to host launch event for Gavi COVAX AMC 2021 investment opportunity

March 29th, 2021|

United States to host launch event for Gavi COVAX AMC 2021 investment opportunity The virtual event will bring together world leaders, the private sector, civil society, and key technical partners to galvanize resources and [...]

Unitaid reaffirms its commitment to combat tuberculosis in times of COVID-19

March 25th, 2021|

Unitaid reaffirms its commitment to combat tuberculosis in times of COVID-19 Geneva – On World Tuberculosis Day 2021, Unitaid renews its strong commitment to fight one the world’s deadliest infectious killers. Ensuring wider access to [...]

TB testing in 2020 dropped drastically due to COVID-19

March 24th, 2021|

TB testing in 2020 dropped drastically due to COVID-19 24 March 2021 GENEVA – On World Tuberculosis Day, new data shows the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the fight against another [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: GHAA and Pacific Friends welcome Australian Government’s COVID19 support for PNG

March 17th, 2021|

MEDIA RELEASE 17 March 2021   Global Health Alliance Australia – Australia’s peak body for global health organisations – and Pacific Friends of Global Health congratulate the Australian Government’s announcement this morning of urgent [...]

Global Fund signs a record-breaking $8.54 billion in grants to fight HIV, TB and malaria

January 15th, 2021|

Global Fund signs a record-breaking $8.54 billion in grants to fight HIV, TB and malaria 12 January 2021 GENEVA – In 2020, the Global Fund signed 157 grants for a total of US$8.54 billion for [...]

Unitaid funding sees launch of world’s first long-acting medicines centre at University of Liverpool

January 15th, 2021|

Unitaid funding sees launch of world’s first long-acting medicines centre at University of Liverpool Geneva, 12 January 2021 – Efforts to revolutionise treatments for debilitating infectious diseases have been amplified today with the launch of [...]

Gavi welcomes final approval of U.S. support for global immunisation in Year-End Omnibus and COVID Supplemental Package

January 12th, 2021|

The United States has approved US$ 4 billion for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to ensure lower-income economies have equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines on the same urgent timeline as wealthier countries. [...]

Unitaid welcomes US$40 million from Norway to fight COVID-19

December 23rd, 2020|

Unitaid welcomes US$40 million from Norway to fight COVID-19 22 December 2020 Geneva – Unitaid is pleased to welcome a contribution of NOK 350 million (US$40 million) from Norway towards its vital work on COVID-19 treatments [...]

COVAX announces additional deals to access promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates; plans global rollout starting Q1 2021

December 23rd, 2020|

COVAX now has agreements in place to access nearly two billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates, and laid the groundwork for further doses to be secured through contributions from donors These agreements mean [...]

Global Fund has awarded $1 billion to support countries’ COVID-19 responses, but funding for this purpose is now fully deployed

December 23rd, 2020|

Global Fund has awarded $1 billion to support countries’ COVID-19 responses, but funding for this purpose is now fully deployed GENEVA – The Global Fund has awarded nearly US$1 billion to 106 countries to [...]

Unitaid welcomes contribution from Canada

December 23rd, 2020|

Unitaid welcomes contribution from Canada 16 December 2020 Geneva – Unitaid welcomes contribution of C$15 million (US$11.7 million) from Canada to its ongoing work on COVID-19 therapeutics and diagnostics under the global Access to Covid-19 Tools [...]

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday period!

December 23rd, 2020|

What an extraordinary and challenging year it has been. As we begin to close the book on 2020, we wanted to take one last opportunity to acknowledge the incredible work of each and every [...]

Statement on the passing of Sir Mekere Morauta KCMG, 7th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

December 20th, 2020|

Pacific Friends of Global Health is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Mekere Morauta KCMG. Sir Mekere will be remembered for his enormous contributions to the stability and reform of Papua [...]

Groundbreaking Agreement Reduces by 75% the Cost of HIV Treatment for Children in Low-and Middle-Income Countries  

December 2nd, 2020|

Geneva, 1 December 2020 New formulation is dispersible and strawberry-flavoured, enabling the youngest children living with HIV to be treated with the best available medication New price agreement with Viatris and Macleods will significantly lower cost [...]

World AIDS Day 2020: Innovation and investment needed to protect valuable HIV gains against COVID19

December 1st, 2020|

Innovation and investment needed to protect valuable HIV gains against COVID19 As the world continues to fight the COVID19 pandemic, we must remember that we haven’t finished the fight against the last major pandemic [...]

Jane den Hollander awarded AFR Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award

November 19th, 2020|

Congratulations to Jane den Hollander, Global Health Alliance Australia Advisory Board Chair, on being awarded the 2020 AFR Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award recognises a person who has significantly "advanced and improved [...]

Australia can continue to pave the way for cervical cancer elimination

November 17th, 2020|

Australia can continue to pave the way for cervical cancer elimination On 17 November, following the close of the 73rd World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization will officially launch the Global Strategy to [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Government commits $500m for COVID19 immunisation across the region 

October 31st, 2020|

MEDIA RELEASE Australian Government commits $500m for COVID19 immunisation across the region  Global Health Alliance Australia and Pacific Friends of Global Health welcome the announcement from the Australian Government of a $500 million pledge [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

October 30th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 27 October 2020 Global cases: : 43,341,451 confirmed. Global deaths: 1,157,509 confirmed. COVID-19 has infected 43.3 million people and killed 1.1 million since the outbreak emerged last December. [...]

Press Release on the appointment of Dr Philippe Duneton as Unitaid’s new Executive Director

October 30th, 2020|

Press Release on the appointment of Dr Philippe Duneton as Unitaid’s new Executive Director Geneva – The Unitaid Executive Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Philippe Duneton as Executive Director. Dr Duneton [...]

UnitaidExplore launches new paediatric formulations call

October 30th, 2020|

UnitaidExplore launches new paediatric formulations call  Unitaid is delighted to announce the next call for its agile funding mechanism UnitaidExplore. Following the success of the last round of applications to expand access to oxygen, the [...]

France gives extra US$11 million to support Unitaid work on COVID-19 therapies

October 14th, 2020|

Geneva – Unitaid is pleased to announce that France has contributed €10 million (US$11 million) to Unitaid’s work in the Therapeutics Partnership of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A). This is in addition to the core [...]

Unitaid supports call for intellectual property waivers and action for access to COVID-19 products

October 14th, 2020|

Geneva – Unitaid calls on countries to take the necessary measures to facilitate and promote access to vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics that will help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This should include ensuring that they have the [...]

Getting your eyes tested even more important in 2020: Fred Hollows Foundation

October 8th, 2020|

Getting your eyes tested even more important in 2020 With screen time and eye conditions on the rise, The Fred Hollows Foundation is urging people to get their eyes tested this World Sight Day [...]

Budget 2020-21: Key Facts and Figures

October 7th, 2020|

Budget 2020-21 Analysis 7th October 2020 With $4bn allocated to Official Development Assistance (ODA), plus an additional $304.7m COVID19 response package for the Pacific and Timor-Leste, we are pleased to see an effective increase [...]

Article: Childbirth and COVID19

October 1st, 2020|

Childbirth and COVID-19 By Lily Li, Lily Owens, Isobel Beasley, Kathy Zhang and Isabelle Stevenson (members of the Melbourne University Health Initiative (MUHI) and mentored by the Global Health Alliance) Introduction COVID-19 is the [...]

Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests for low- and middle-income countries

September 30th, 2020|

Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests for low- and middle-income countries A full access package includes WHO policy guidance on the use of antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests, manufacturer [...]

STATEMENT: Re Australian Government signatory to COVAX Facility

September 22nd, 2020|

STATEMENT: Re Australian Government signatory to COVAX Facility Melbourne, 22 September, 2020: Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Chair of Pacific Friends of Global Health, commended Australia’s commitment to global vaccine access: “The COVAX Facility is [...]

Women in Global Health’s Five Asks for Health Security

September 15th, 2020|

The current COVID-19 pandemic shines a harsh light on inequality and shows that ours is an interconnected global society. Viruses don't respect national borders, and the rapid spread of this disease is due in [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

September 10th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 9 September 2020 Global cases: : 27,205,275 confirmed. Global deaths: 890,392 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 8 September, WHO). The Americas carry the [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

August 28th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 21 July 2020 Global cases: : 14,348,858 confirmed. Global deaths: 603,691 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 14 July, WHO). As COVID-19 cases and [...]

Media Release: Australia to commit $80m to guarantee access to COVID vaccine for all

August 26th, 2020|

MEDIA RELEASE Australia to commit $80m to guarantee access to COVID vaccine for all Melbourne, 26 August, 2020: The Australian Government has announced today that it will contribute $80m to a global initiative that [...]

A community-based response to COVID-19 for trialling in Melbourne: Burnet Institute

August 20th, 2020|

Testing and contact tracing are here to stay – regardless of whether we can access a vaccine. The Burnet Institute, in collaboration with Melbourne based community health centres and local councils have designed a model [...]

Media Release: Australia leads on elimination of global cervical cancer

August 13th, 2020|

MEDIA RELEASE 13 August 2020 Australia leads on elimination of global cervical cancer Australia has led the way by sponsoring a resolution at the most recent World Health Assembly calling for World Health Organization [...]

Letter condemning Minister Brad Hazzard’s comments towards Ms Jodi McKay

August 13th, 2020|

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP Premier of New South Wales GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001 The Hon. Jonathan Richard O'Dea Speaker of the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly PO Box 209 LINDFIELD [...]

The humanitarian hole: Alliance featured in two-part series from Crikey

August 3rd, 2020|

July 24, 2020 The Alliance's Executive Director, Misha Coleman, and Pacific Friends of Global Health Chair, Brendan Crabb, were featured in a two-part series published in Crikey on Australia’s international humanitarian response to the [...]

Unitaid celebrates progress against hepatitis C through simpler medicines and tests

July 29th, 2020|

Geneva – On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, Unitaid celebrates the progress made in the fight against Hepatitis C in the past few years. Notably, thanks to quality medicines and tests that are simpler [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

July 29th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 28 July 2020 Global cases: 16,301,736 confirmed. Global deaths: 650,069 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 28 July, WHO). On 25 July, WHO reported [...]

COVID19 Recommendations to Government

July 26th, 2020|

Report release date: 24th July 2020 Key recommendations from this week’s Burnet Institute Know C-19 analysis include: Decentralize the model of care for the public health response Targeted testing and establish surveillance In a [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

July 22nd, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 21 July 2020Global cases: : 14,348,858 confirmed. Global deaths: 603,691 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 14 July, WHO). As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue rising [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

July 16th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 14 July 2020 Global cases: : 12,929,306 confirmed. Global deaths: 569,738 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 14 July, WHO). As COVID-19 infections and [...]

COVID-19 and climate change: is this the window to build back better?

July 15th, 2020|

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the National Briefing on Wednesday, 8th July from 4 - 5pm. The National Briefing, hosted by the Alliance, was attended by more than 70 guests from [...]

What is the COVAX Pillar, why do we need it and how will it work?

July 13th, 2020|

The COVAX pillar aims to ensure that the most viable COVID19 vaccine candidates get the support needed to succeed, and are then produced at scale to reach everyone, everywhere. Read this Q&A from Gavi [...]

EOI: Driving equitable access to fit-for-purpose antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19

July 9th, 2020|

EOI closes July 24, 2020 - Unitaid and FIND are calling for expressions of interest (EOI) to accelerate the availability and manufacturing scale-up of rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens. This EOI [...]

URGENT: Applications sought for the COVAX Independent Product Group

July 9th, 2020|

Application deadline extended: 17 July 2020 The COVAX Pillar - one of the four pillars of the Act-Accelerator - are seeking applications for its expert Independent Product Group. Objectives The Independent Product Group will [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

July 8th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 7 July 2020 Global cases: 11,468,979 confirmed. Global deaths: 535,181 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 7 July, WHO). COVID-19 cases and deaths continue [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

June 24th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 23 June 2020 Global cases: 8,936,337 confirmed. Global deaths: 468,308 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 216 (as of 23 June, WHO). “It seems that almost every [...]

Pacific Friends of Global Health welcomes Australian Government’s Gavi commitment

June 4th, 2020|

Melbourne, 4 June, 2020: Australia’s leading advocacy group for global health in the Pacific, has welcomed the Australian Government’s renewed commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to ensure routine vaccinations can continue to be [...]

Global Fund Covid-19 Situation Report

May 15th, 2020|

Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 8 May 2020 Global cases: 3,679,499 confirmed. Global deaths: 254,199 confirmed. Countries, areas or territories with cases: 215 (as of 8 May, WHO). On 4 May governments and [...]

Equitable global access to vaccines, treatments and diagnostics is key to tackling COVID-19 pandemic

May 15th, 2020|

Geneva, 14 May 2020 – As governments, international organisations, pharmaceutical industry, academia and others focus their efforts on the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is clear that this global pandemic needs a global response. It is [...]

COVID-19: Gavi and UNICEF to secure equipment & diagnostics for lower-income countries

April 28th, 2020|

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has urgently made US$ 40 million available to UNICEF to secure personal protective equipment (PPE), diagnostic tests and other vital supplies on behalf of 58 low and lower middle-income countries [...]

Media Coverage: WHO Collaborating Centres Respond to Trump

April 17th, 2020|

The wide and significant media coverage of the joint statement that was made by 22 of Australia’s WHO Collaborating Centres, in response to USA defunding WHO. Croakey How an “unconscionable” act by Trump [...]

Media Release: WHO Collaborating Centres Respond to Trump

April 16th, 2020|

WHO Collaborating Centres Respond to Trump 22 Australian global health experts respond to USA defunding WHO ***16 April 2020, made on behalf of signatories following this statement*** The coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic is a [...]

Global Fund Partners Unite to Fight

April 9th, 2020|

GENEVA – The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today unanimously approved a new response mechanism to support countries to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on programs to [...]

Media Release: Global health peak body supports Proposed Climate Change Bill 2020

February 14th, 2020|

Global health peak body supports Proposed Climate Change Bill 2020 Melbourne, 14 February, 2020:  The beginning of 2020 has shown in quite a terrifying fashion that the changing climate and health are inextricably [...]

Media Release: WHO collaboration to focus on mental health in Australia and the region

December 5th, 2019|

WHO collaboration to focus on mental health in Australia and the region 5 December 2019, Melbourne: Australia’s first meeting of its World Health Organization’s (WHO) Collaborating Centers (WHOCC) will bring together 65 experts [...]

Action Matrix for Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action

October 14th, 2019|

The 9 Point Plan of Implementable Actions Download the PDF of the plan.

Media Release: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

August 1st, 2019|

Major report from health peak body: health impacts of climate change in Australia and the Pacific needs whole-of-government attention 31 July 2019, Melbourne: Australia and neighbouring countries in our region are experiencing more deaths, illnesses [...]

From Townsville to Tuvalu

July 31st, 2019|

Health and Climate Change in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region From Townsville to Tuvalu From Townsville to Tuvalu, from Nillumbik to the Northern Territory, impacts of climate change on our health include [...]

Budget 2019-20 and Global Health: what’s in and what’s not

April 3rd, 2019|

The 2019-2020 Budget “paints a fraught picture of Australia’s role and ability to positively impact on global health - in terms of what we’re spending through the aid budget - but there is some [...]

2019 Road Safety Management Leadership Program

April 3rd, 2019|

A Road Safety Leadership Initiative Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is holding the next installment of its innovative Road Safety Management Leadership Program in June 2019. The program is designed to develop and [...]

U.S. Investments In Global Health Transform Communities Worldwide

February 28th, 2019|

Global Health Council (GHC), based in the United States, is a membership organization "supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide". GHC and the global health advocacy community launched a [...]

Militaries and global health: peace, conflict, and disaster response

January 21st, 2019|

GLHAM member, Security and Health Executive Leadership Institute (SAHELI) was part of the team who worked on the two papers in the Lancet Series on security and global health. The Series explores the relationship [...]

GLHAM member VCS Foundation Partners with Malaysia in Revolutionary R.O.S.E. Solution to Accelerate Cervical Cancer Elimination

January 18th, 2019|

NEWS RELEASE: 17 January 2019 An innovation by Australia’s VCS Foundation (VCSF) and the University of Malaya (UM) is set to make a life-changing difference to Malaysian women by helping prevent cervical cancer – [...]

New UN Report on Disability and Sustainable Development Goals

December 10th, 2018|

Find out more about the documents that were promoted on International Day of People with Disability:   UN’s first flagship report on disability - review of disability and the SDGs across the UN system: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2018/12/UN-Flagship-Report-Disability.pdf [...]

Value of vaccines? Fighting Superbugs

November 19th, 2018|

‘A top health economist says vaccines are undervalued by society – but their role in combatting antimicrobial resistance could change that’ Read more here.

Vaccinating Against Superbugs by Seth Berkley & Jeremy Farrar

November 19th, 2018|

"The ability to control infectious disease is the bedrock of modern medicine, and vaccines are important tools for keeping such diseases at bay. But vaccines can also limit the spread of drug-resistant strains by reducing [...]

Victorian Australian of the Year: Mark Sullivan recognised for his efforts to tackle river blindness

October 25th, 2018|

GLHAM member, Medicines Development for Global Health, is the first pharmaceutical company to receive US approval for the drug moxidectin, which treats river blindness. This is the only second new treatment for this debilitating [...]

The Victorian health industry: a top economic priority for the State Election

October 22nd, 2018|

GLHAM has joined 10 peak bodies and network partners including BioMelbourne Network and AAMRI, endorsing the Joint Industry Statement which is a call to all parties contesting the 2018 state election to adopt positions that [...]

16th Edition: Randomised trials in child and adolescent health in developing countries 2017-18

September 12th, 2018|

Each year, Trevor Duke from the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne compiles annual summaries of the evidence on child and adolescent health derived from randomized or controlled trials in [...]

Media release: Melbourne Consortium gears up to fight the big bugs and the big diseases

August 22nd, 2018|

MEDIA RELEASE: 23rd August, 2018   New report: Melbourne Consortium gears up to fight the big bugs and the big diseases A report released today has demonstrated that Victoria’s global health sector is at [...]

SNAKEBITE: THE WORLD’S IGNORED HEALTH CRISIS

August 15th, 2018|

Snakebite claims the lives of between 81,000 to 138,000 people each year, and hundreds of thousands more will live with lifelong disfigurement or receive amputations. But finally, after years of neglect, the voiceless victims [...]

Malaria Mapping Project

June 29th, 2018|

From abc.net.au On Pacific Beat with Catherine Graue.The world's first malaria digital mapping project aims to give health workers greater access to women and children, living in remote areas like in PNG. Visit the webpage [...]

In Whose Interest? Silencing Charities in Australia

June 22nd, 2018|

In 2017, the Australian Government introduced a package of Bills that it said would address foreign interference in Australian politics. From the university sector, to charity groups, to free speech think tanks, to the [...]

Submission into the Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme

June 22nd, 2018|

Global Health Alliance Melbourne wishes to draw to the attention of the Committee what we believe to be the significant unintended consequences of the proposed Bills on the health promotion, international development and medical [...]

GLHAM’s response to the HTLV-1 epidemic

June 18th, 2018|

The recent activity by GLHAM in the HTLV-1 epidemic involved amplifying the impact of the letter to the WHO General Assembly through a strategic advocacy and media campaign. GLHAM also created an online document [...]

Increasing ASEAN Trade and Investment

June 18th, 2018|

GLHAM hosted the global health sector round-table consultation for the ASEAN Trade and Investment Strategy due to be released in August 2018. A number of GLHAM members who are also experts in ASEAN expertise and experience, [...]

Global Health Security: Why Malaria Elimination is a Priority

May 18th, 2018|

By Associate Professor Helen Evans AO FAIIA 09 May 2018 As Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said at a recent malaria meeting held in London: “The health security of any one nation is [...]

Partnership principles for non-aboriginal organisations

May 3rd, 2018|

The Global Health Alliance Melbourne is proud to support and promote the partnerships principles that were developed by the Aboriginal Peak Organisation in the Northern Territory, which are designed to guide the development of [...]

Media Release: Foreign Donations bill will make Victorians sick!

February 5th, 2018|

In Federal parliamentary hearings in Melbourne today, the Global Health Alliance – a partnership of organisations working in global health – warned that new foreign donation laws could compromise crucial international medical research partnerships [...]

Health Research in Donations Crossfire

February 5th, 2018|

Sunday Times, Perth Health Research in Donations Crossfire Misha Coleman discusses the findings by Scientists researching flesh-eating bacteria and the risk it places on Australians in light of the Government's proposed crackdown on foreign [...]

Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017

February 1st, 2018|

The following is a submission with respect to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. The Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) represents 28 Victorian-based organisations that work in global and [...]

Jobs in the Sector:

December 19th, 2017|

AFAO Project Officer – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Fred Hollows Foundation Multiple vacancies Melbourne Children Global Health Senior Project Officer - Global Health Fellow Nossal Institute for Global Health  Technical Advisor - [...]

The impact of foreign donations legislation

December 12th, 2017|

From The World Today Misha Coleman and Clive Hamilton discuss the new legislation surrounding foreign donations and its impact on Australian charities and research organisations. Listen to the audio file.

Government crackdown on foreign donations could have catastrophic impact, charities say

December 12th, 2017|

From abc.net.au by Thomas Oriti, The World Today: Australian charities and research organisations are calling for further clarity around the Federal Government's crackdown on foreign interference, saying it could have a catastrophic impact on their [...]

New plan concerns charities

December 12th, 2017|

Charities, NGOs and research groups are unhappy about the Federal Government’s proposed foreign donations crackdown. The Government says its new laws will help fight foreign espionage and interference. It wants to create a new [...]

‘Chilling effect’: Charities slam foreign donations ban

December 12th, 2017|

From the Sydney Morning Herald by Nicole Hasham: Household-name charities receiving overseas funding would be prevented from advocating for social and environmental causes if their activity is deemed political, under a Turnbull government plan. The government on Tuesday announced a [...]

Make a Submission

December 12th, 2017|

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 Submissions close Thursday 25 January 2018 Inquiry website: https://www.aph.gov.au/efdr Information about the Bill is available here.

Media Release: New Donation Laws will Harm Advancement of Medicine and Could Cost Lives

December 6th, 2017|

A coalition of doctors and health experts from the Global Health Alliance are warning new foreign donation laws could compromise crucial international medical research partnerships that deliver positive health outcomes and save lives in [...]

Towards 21st century approaches: a speech by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

December 4th, 2017|

2017 Mitchell Oration – Crawford School of Public Health, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, Canberra. Opening remarks Thank you both very much, Harold (Mitchell) and Brian (Vice Chancellor, Prof Schmidt), for your kinds [...]

GLHAM Q&A with Robin Davies

November 13th, 2017|

DFAT Centre for Regional Health Security: Centre Head Robin Davies answers all the tough questions at a Q&A in Melbourne on 3rd November 2017.

The Victorian International Health Economic Impact Study

July 28th, 2017|

The Victorian International Health Economic Impact Study has now commenced and will comprise of two parallel and interconnected pieces of work that will map and quantify the global health sector in Melbourne: The Baseline [...]

Australia India Investment Forum: Connecting Digital Technologies with the Health and Pharma Sectors Opportunities for India Engagement

July 24th, 2017|

The Alliance was invited by the Australia-India Institute to co-chair and co-host this Forum on 24 July, 2017. Supported by the Federal Department of Education and Training and PWC, senior representatives from government, universities, [...]

Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australia: A scan of priorities

July 15th, 2017|

From the University of Queensland and Water Aid: In remote Australian Indigenous communities, the “familiar story” of poor water, sanitation and hygiene-related health challenges continues – despite documentation of this situation during the past 30 [...]

Establishment of formal relationships with the Washington, Georgia and North Carolina Global Health Alliances

July 11th, 2017|

Executive Director Misha Coleman has been fortunate to develop close working relationships with the staff of our three sister global health alliances in North America. There is significant potential for collaboration between the Alliances, [...]

Baseline Mapping and Economic Impact Study of the International Health Sector

July 11th, 2017|

In July 2017, the Alliance began work on the Baseline Mapping and Economic Impact Study of the International Health Sector. This included a robust analysis of the economic impacts of the international health (global [...]

How Seattle became a world leader in Global Health and Development

June 9th, 2017|

SEATTLE, United States — In schools across India this week, schoolchildren are eating pasta disguised as rice kernels and boosted with extra nutrients. At a health clinic in Honduras, a nurse is sterilizing medical [...]

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

June 5th, 2017|

From the UN general Assembly:  Despite clear evidence that there can be no health without mental health, nowhere in the world does mental health enjoy parity with physical health in national policies and budgets or [...]

Submission to Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper

June 3rd, 2017|

A detailed submission was lodged with the Australian Government in early June 2017, for their White Paper released on 10th November 2017.  It outlines the benefits of investing in global health, and that the outcome [...]

Uluru Statement from the heart

May 31st, 2017|

The following is a piece written by University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis. Colleagues, Each month I circulate a short reflection on issues for the university, trying to capture something about [...]

Media Release: Alliance accepts Aboriginal health challenge

May 9th, 2017|

From the Health Victoria website: A new organisation in Melbourne aims to tackle the health and social inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) hopes to capture Victoria’s health strengths and [...]

Media Release: Melbourne set to become the Global Health Epicentre of the Southern Hemisphere

April 6th, 2017|

Melbourne is set to become the centre for global health expertise for the Southern Hemisphere. Announced at the World Congress for Global Health in Melbourne today, the Regional Director from WHO, Dr SHIN Young-soo and [...]

Media Release: Global Health Champions in Melbourne Accept Global Challenges

March 23rd, 2017|

In 28 populations around the world, it’s been demonstrated that Indigenous people have poorer health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples. A new organisation in Melbourne aims to address this: the Global Health [...]

Announcing the Local to Global Initiative

March 22nd, 2017|

Indigenous people have poor health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples – therefore efforts to improve this will contribute directly to the eradication of poverty worldwide. GLHAM believes that strengthening networks between [...]

Committee Member Helen Evans Awarded AO  

February 8th, 2017|

Congratulations to our Foundation Committee member, Helen Evans, who has just been awarded an AO. Read and watch more about her stunning achievements here

Alliance Developments

January 27th, 2017|

A brief update on the progress of the Alliance since the roundtable in March. The objectives of the March roundtable were to hear from you as key thought leaders on what you saw as [...]

Out of the Shadows: The case for investing in women’s mental health

December 11th, 2016|

In December 2016, GLHAM co-hosted its first in an ongoing series of public symposiums on global health issues that will produce a policy document with input from across the sector. The first of these [...]

Secretariat support for the Australian-based WHO Collaborating Centres

July 11th, 2016|

There are currently 46 WHO Collaborating Centres in Australia, with half of these being Melbourne-based. The Alliance has been approached to provide a form of secretariat to enable more cross-pollination between the centres. This [...]

Delivering Moxidectin to treat river blindness in African contexts

June 11th, 2016|

GLHAM facilitated a collaboration between  Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) – a Melbourne-based biotechnology company and social enterprise – and The Fred Hollows Foundation, for the purpose of implementing delivery of Moxidectin in African contexts, [...]

Addressing scabies, the neglected of the neglected diseases

June 11th, 2016|

In June 2016, Alliance member Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) – a Melbourne-based biotechnology company and social enterprise – announced the receipt of AU$3 million to support the clinical development of moxidectin for scabies treatment [...]

Roundtable on global health and development

March 11th, 2016|

In March 2016, GLHAM organized a roundtable bringing together key thought leaders from biomedical research, international development, academia, and the private and public sectors working in global health and development. Maximum daily dose of [...]