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In this edition:

Global Health Alliance Australia 2020 Annual Report 

We are pleased to share with you the Alliance 2020 Annual Report!

The report showcases some of the key highlights from the past year. Despite being a year full of challenges, we are proud of what we were able to achieve for Alliance members, including hosting our series of COVID-19 sector briefings, engagement in the #EndCOVIDForAll campaign, and developing in consultation with members a number of submissions to government - just to name just a few.

Have a read!

New patient-friendly tuberculosis preventive treatment to be rolled out in five high-burden TB countries at affordable price: Unitaid

A new fixed-dose combination (FDC) of “3HP”, a short-course tuberculosis (TB) preventive treatment (TPT) combining two drugs, rifapentine and isoniazid, is starting to be rolled out in five TB high burden countries in Africa. This will reduce the number of pills that people who need the treatment have to take every week from nine to three. Enough treatments for up to 3 million patients are expected to be made available for eligible countries this year. 

Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe will be the first countries out of a total of 12 to provide the new regimen at a US$15 price thanks to funding from Unitaid, PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read more. 

US rejoins WHO and signs up to COVAX

With the transition to the new Biden Administration, we're pleased to see the United States rejoin the World Health Organization. Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor, said that the US will also join the COVAX Facility, a global partnership co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO, that aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world. Read more on COVAX here

Keeping the promise: Results International 

‘Keeping The Promise’ a new report reveals that R&D work from 12 Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) has produced a dozen life-saving innovations and brought to market 66 new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics for TB, Malaria, HIV, meningitis and sleeping sickness.

It highlights PDPs role in ensuring equitable global access to health technologies with the potential to save millions of lives, helping lift people out of poverty, and improving global health security. Link here  

Over 1/3 of Global Fund's work to fight HIV, TB & malaria also supports health security

New research in The Lancet - Global Fund contributions to health security in ten countries, 2014–20: mapping synergies between vertical disease programmes and capacities for preventing, detecting, and responding to public health emergencies - found that over over 1/3 of Global Fund work to fight HIV, TB & malaria ALSO supports health security. In 10 countries reviewed, over US$2.5 billion has been invested in activities that support health security since 2014. 
Read the full report here.

Dr Dani Barrington discusses water, sanitation, and menstruation stigma: University of Western Australia

Dr Dani Barrington recently sat down with Canada Research Chair in Global Health and host of ‘Everybody Hates Me: Let’s Talk About Stigma’, Professor Carmen Logie, to discuss the global stigma surrounding menstruation, incontinence and toileting generally, and how it is negatively impacting on people’s wellbeing. Listen to the podcast episode, Water, Sanitation and Menstruation Stigma.

Over 1,000 COVID-19 drugs, diagnostics and vaccines currently in the pipeline: Policy Cures Research

There are 1,052 COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines currently in development around the globe, according to the latest data from the think-tank Policy Cures Research.

The largest percentage of products are diagnostics, accounting of 45% of the pipeline. Potential treatments for COVID-19 come second at 34%, while vaccines make up 21%.

Deakin University leading the way in sports sciences 

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is once again celebrating excellence and global recognition having retained its position as #1 in Australia and #3 in the world in the prestigious Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. For the past four years Deakin has cemented its position as a world leader in sport and exercise science, being ranked #1 in the world in 2017, and #3 in the world in 2018 and now again in 2020. Read more

New George Institute study using big data to help reduce repeat heart attacks

If you’ve had a heart attack your risk of having another is high. It is critical to keep taking medications normally prescribed afterwards to keep your blood cholesterol and blood pressure - and therefore your risk - down. But evidence has shown that less than 50 percent of heart attack survivors are sticking to their medication regime in the long term.

A new study by George Institute researchers will analyse a large data set to try and identify the personal characteristics of those likely to struggle, so that strategies can be developed to support them to keep taking their medication.

Seeking members for a Global Health Section at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

RACS Global Health is establishing the Global Health Section for Fellows and other professionals interested in Global Health in Australia, New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific. Supporting communications with the Section membership will be a new online forum. 
 
The Global Health Section will serve a variety of interconnected functions, including, 1) to provide a forum for surgeons and health professionals from all disciplines engaged in global health to connect and support the RACS Global Health Strategic Plan; 2) to focus on capacity building efforts in order to meet the WHO Sustainability Development Goals in Health: SDG3; 3) focus on surgery and health systems strengthening, with the intention to provide timely access to safe affordable healthcare for people in our region; 4) to enable non-surgeons who contribute to global health to apply for membership of the Section; and 5) to support partnerships to advance professional development through health education

Membership is open to all. This includes any RACS Fellow, surgical Trainee or Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) on a pathway to Fellowship, medical staff registered with AHPRA or MCNZ. Registered medical and nursing staff in partner countries may self-nominate for membership. Each partner country will have a representative doctor, a Clinical Lead, nominated by their Ministry of Health who will be the hub lead for that country.

If you are interested in joining the Global Health Section, please contact Global Health Engagement Coordinator, James O’Keefe, at global.health.section@surgeons.org.

Update on the South East Asia Laboratory Strengthening (SEALAB) Project: NRL

In November and December 2020, NRL continued its work in Cambodia under the SEALAB project activity, aimed at strengthening laboratory capacity to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks of a potentially pandemic nature.
 
From 11 November to 4 December 2020, NRL conducted virtual quality management systems (QMS) assessments at five human health laboratories.  The aim of this assessment was to inform NRL on the development of Cambodia’s SEALAB project action plan and to ensure that it provides relevant, sustainable and needs-based support. The assessment at each laboratory collected a baseline level of each laboratory’s capacity and quality management system (QMS), using “WHO Laboratory Assessment Tool (LAT) Annex 2: Facility”.

As NRL was not able to perform the QMS assessments in person, NRL required the laboratories to complete parts of the LAT electronically, prior to the visit.  This was submitted to NRL for review, and subsequently followed up in person by personnel from the Mérieux Foundation based in Cambodia, who visited the sites and supported the visit by taking photos of the facilities and facilitating discussions and translation where necessary. 
At the end of each visit, a Zoom call was held between NRL, the laboratory and the Mérieux Foundation, to discuss the LAT findings and explore the current QMS gaps.

As a next step, NRL and the Mérieux Foundation will discuss the proposed SEALAB project action plan with key stakeholders in Cambodia. NRL would like to thank the Cambodian Ministry of Health, the Bureau of Medical Laboratory Services, the Mérieux Foundation and country partners for their valuable support with this activity.

Call for civil society representatives to join the International AIDS Society Conference Committee

The IAS is seeking applications for three representatives from international civil society organizations working on HIV to join the International AIDS Society Conference Committee.
 
The IAS Conference Committee is responsible for the strategic planning of all IAS conferences taking place over a four-year cycle to ensure continuity, consistency, responsiveness to the needs of the HIV field and alignment with IAS strategic priorities. During the initial term of the Committee, this four-year cycle includes AIDS 2022, HIVR4P 2023, IAS 2023 and AIDS 2024. To enable a rotation cycle, two of the three civil society representatives will serve a two-year term (AIDS 2022, HIVR4P 2023 and IAS 2023). 

Applications to become a civil society representative on the International AIDS Society Conference Committee close Thursday, 11 February 2021. Apply here.

Felicity Young appointed as new Chair of AFAO

Felicity Young was recently appointed as the new Chair of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). She is an independent health and development consultant with more than 30 years of experience in domestic and global health. She has specialised in HIV and sexual and reproductive health with a focus on human rights, policy, advocacy and community systems strengthening. Felicity brings a strong personal commitment to sustainable development, social justice, human rights, diversity inclusion and gender equity. Congratulations Felicity! 

Could a common treatment preserve brain function after COVID-19 infection?

An innovative study to assess whether a commonly used cholesterol lowering medication can prevent brain complications from COVID-19 has received over $2.3m from the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

The study, a collaboration between The George Institute for Global Health, the University of New South Wales, Monash University’s School of Public Health, University of Sydney, and Sydney Local Health District, is one of six that have been singled out for immediate support in the ongoing fight against the pandemic. 

'Farewell' and 'good luck' to Alliance Executive Director, Misha Coleman

After four years leading the Alliance, Executive Director Misha Coleman has moved on to pastures new. Misha has recently commenced a new role as the Co-Director of the Barwon Local Public Health Unit. 

We thank Misha for her leadership and enthusiasm in the establishment phase of the Alliance and building it effectively to the large group of sponsors, members and initiatives that it now comprises. We look forward to collaborating with her in her new role and wish her good fortune and success in it!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & COURSES

ACIPC Short Courses

Aged Care Masterclass
The ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass is a series of recorded presentations addressing high-level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities. 
Register here

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
Due to the high levels of enrolments into the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course, we have released another course commencing on 10th March 2021. These spots are filling very quickly.
Re
gister here

Online Short Course in IPC in Aged Care Settings
ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is an online version of our popular face to face Aged Care workshops which has been delivered all over Australia in the last couple of years. This course is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting.
Register here

 
International Women’s Day Virtual 2021 Event :
Global Citizen and RESULTS Australia

Presented by Global Citizen and RESULTS Australia, we will be honouring International Women's Day virtually in 2021, supported by UN Women and The Asia Foundation. Speakers include Natasha Stott Despoja, Global Citizen Australia Board Director and Australia's Representative to the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Jane Sloane, Senior Director, Women's Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation.

Stay tuned for further announcements! - Facebook event or Ticketing page 
Allied Health: Disaster response and low resource settings: Melbourne Children's Global Health
 
Nurses and allied health professionals play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community health care. In emergency settings, nurses and allied health professionals are essential to the timely identification and care of patients with medical, surgical and injury related emergencies, working within a wider emergency management team.
 
In the Asia Pacific, as well as all over the world, the practice of nursing is extremely challenging, especially in emergencies and low-resource settings. There is much work to be done strengthening the allied health workforce in LMIC teams including emergency response, however foreign emergency and support teams have much to contribute in these complex situations alongside their local counterparts.
 
In this talk we hear from two allied health professionals with their perspectives as part of foreign teams in emergency and low-resource settings in the region. This work has taken them from the recent measles outbreak in Samoa, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
 
 
Speakers:
Dr Dianne Crellin -  Emergency nurse practitioner at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, member of Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) and senior lecturer coordinating the nurse practitioner program at Melbourne University’s Department of Nursing
 
Adrian Hutchinson - Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNAIO) I Manager Clinical Technology Service at The Royal Children Hospital 
 
Chair: Karly Cini, Research Officer, Global Adolescent Health, Melbourne Children’s Global Health
 
Date: Monday, 8 February, 12.30-1.30pm
Location: Zoom Register here
The Unspoken Pandemic - World TB Day:
RESULTS Australia

Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death globally killing 1.5 million people every year. On World Tuberculosis Day day, advocates across the world stand in solidarity with one another and alongside the communities affected by TB. Join us for a virtual screening of the short film, ‘Unmasked: We All Breathe’; on World TB Day, 24 March 2021, and help us raise money for our work on TB.

Tickets available here.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 

Unitaid looks to invest in better tools to prevent and treat postpartum haemorrhage

Unitaid is pleased to announce a new call for proposals in the area of tools for reducing maternal mortality.

Despite a significant reduction in the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth over the last 30 years, global progress has stalled. There were almost 300,000 preventable maternal deaths in 2017, most of which occurred in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).

A coordinated, integrated effort, with emphasis on expanded access to innovative health interventions is needed to reach the 2030 SDG targets and address the unacceptably high number of global maternal deaths.

Under this call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for interventions aimed at accelerating the adoption and scale-up of innovations to reduce maternal mortality from postpartum haemorrhage (PPH).

Projects that fall under the scope of this call are those that accelerate the introduction of new or newly recommended drugs for PPH, and also push forward the late-stage development of new formulations for the prevention and treatment of PPH.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for one or both areas of intervention.

The closing date for receipt of full proposals is Wednesday 7th April at 10pm AEDT.
 

GRANTS

What we're reading, watching and listening to

📖 New York Times: If Poor Countries Go Unvaccinated, a Study Says, Rich Ones Will Pay

A failure to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine in poor nations will worsen economic damage, with half the costs borne by wealthy countries, new research shows. In the most extreme scenario — with wealthy nations fully vaccinated by the middle of this year, and poor countries largely shut out — the study concludes that the global economy would suffer losses exceeding $9 trillion, a sum greater than the annual output of Japan and Germany combined.
🎧 ACFID's Bridi Rice in conversation with Melissa Conley Tyler: Influencing foreign policy

In the Good Will Hunting podcast's Summer Series, ACFID’s Bridi Rice takes you inside the Canberra foreign policy community to ask one key question: what does increased poverty mean for Australian international affairs?
📖 WHO chief warns of 'moral failure' as coronavirus vaccine rollout favours wealthier nations

The head of the World Health Organization has criticised inequalities in the global coronavirus vaccine rollout, saying it was "not right" that younger adults in wealthy countries were getting vaccinated before older people or healthcare workers in poorer countries.
🎧 Contain this podcast: First Nations Pandemic Planning with Kristy Crooks and Peter Massey

In episode 21 of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security's 'Contain This' podcast, Centre Director Robin Davies chats with Kristy Crooks, an Aboriginal woman of the Euahlayi nation. She's working as an Aboriginal Program Manager with the communicable disease team at Hunter New England Health and undertaking a PhD on how to engage First Nations people in public health emergencies.
📖 Fail fast, fail forward, fail openly: the need to share failures in development: University of Western Australia

‘Failures’, or at the very least, ‘challenges’, are commonplace in international development research and programming. Dr Rebecca Sindall and Dr Dani Barrington detail why we need to be open about them, and quickly, in their editorial of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Trial and Error, a new journal that aims to make public the lessons of the struggles in research, particularly in health fields. 

📖Salt reformulation programs can substantially improve health, but not Australia’s, study suggests: George Institute

Government targets designed to lower the salt content of packaged foods will make little difference to the health of Australians, according to a new analysis published today.

George Institute researchers found that even if the voluntary targets were fully implemented, they would reduce the amount currently purchased by Australian households in the form of packaged foods by just 3.5 percent.

GLOBAL HEALTH JOBS



Save the Children Australia
Head of Media 
Location: Melbourne 
Policy Cures Research
Senior Analyst, Neglected Diseases 
Location: Europe or Australia

Communications Specialist (Part-Time) 
Location: Europe or Australia


Burnet Institute
Research Officer - Maternal and Perinatal Health
Location: Melbourne



 
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Global Health Grants & Partnerships Advisor
Location: East Melbourne


 
ChildFund Australia
Evaluation Consultant
Location: Any
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