Cowal and Seffrin: No Woman Should Die from Cervical Cancer

This special edition of Impact, the global health magazine of PSI, was produced in partnership with Women Deliver and the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This issue, launched in conjunction with the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, brings insightful dialogue on the value of investing in girls and women’s health. Our hope is that this issue will call attention to the urgent need for increased investment in girls and women in the developing world. 

cervicalcancer-biophotoGirls and women in the developing world are losing the fight against cervical cancer because we have failed to close deadly gaps in prevention, screening and treatment that could spare their lives and end this disease.

More than 85 percent of the estimated 275,000 women who die from cervical cancer globally every year live in low- and middle income countries.

As global leaders convene in Kuala Lumpur for the third Women Deliver conference, the American Cancer Societyand PSI are proud to join forces with other critical members of civil society to raise our collective voices and amplify the message that no woman should die from cervical cancer. We know what it takes to save lives from this disease – and we have a moral obligation to ensure that all girls and women, regardless of their location, benefit from this knowledge.

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5 Potential Impacts of Sequestration on International Global Health NGOs

Today is the deadline after which automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to US government agencies known as sequestration take effect. Unless there is a last minute deal between the leadership in the US Congress and President Obama, some automatic US Government funding cuts will come into force today.

Sequestration would reduce total funding by $85 billion until September 30, 2013, the end of the fiscal year (FY13). By percentage, this would affect non-defense discretionary funding by about 5%, affecting the International Affairs or “Function 150” account which funds USAID, CDC and other key US agencies. Defense discretionary funding would be reduced by about 8%.

Though difficult to estimate in an uncertain funding environment, these sequestration cuts could have drastic and lasting effects on global health efforts. In the House Appropriations Committee Democrats’ “Report on Sequestration”, estimated global health cuts could:

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PSI HealthCast: Fighting Cervical Cancer in Africa

In our new podcast series PSI’s Sally Cowal and Clementine Noblecourt discuss interventions that are working to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in Africa. Have a listen!

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Congress' Global Health Agenda for 2013

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Sally Cowal, Senior Vice President & Chief Liaison Officer, PSI

As we celebrate last week’s inauguration and the 113th Congress’ first few weeks in session, I naturally reflect on the last couple of years. The 112th Congress was full of intense debates, a consuming election and suitably ended with a dramatic, last-minute deal on the fiscal cliff. Thankfully, global health retained strong bipartisan support during even the gravest times of political and economic uncertainty. Looking forward, PSI is encouraged by this new Congress’ potential support of global health programs.

The 113th Congress has an incredible opportunity to expand the global health progress of its predecessors. Each congressional member is in a uniquely powerful position to shape the health, and, ultimately, the future of millions of people globally. With Washington increasingly under attack, the 113th has a chance to show the American people how U.S. foreign assistance saves lives with efficient, transparent and cost-effective solutions.

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Global Health Remains Bipartisan Focused

This was a banner year for U.S. leadership on global health. As we reflect on major milestones, it is the strong bipartisan support for global health funding in the face of drastic U.S. budget cuts that defines 2012. Last December, we watched the House of Representatives and Senate allocate considerably higher global health funding for

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What WHO’s Report on Noncommunicable Diseases Means for the Global Health Community

This post is by Senior Vice President and Chief Liaison Officer Sally Cowal. It’s official. WHO has just issued its first Global Status Report on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and it reveals that they are the leading killer of people in the world today and are on the increase. In 2008, 36.1 million people died from

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PSI Testifies on the Hill about International Family Planning and Health Programs

  Yesterday, PSI Chief Liaison Officer Sally Cowal delivered testimony in front of the U.S. House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Committee on Appropriations).  Out of the 24 witnesses called, she was the only person to address the issue of family planning and reproductive health programs.  Here’s that relevant portion of her

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Women and Safe Water: The Ripple Effect

This post by Senior Vice President and Chief Liaison Officer Sally Cowal originally appeared on Smart Global Health for the Center for Stategic and International studies. Women in most of the developing world have the primary responsibility for managing their household’s water supply. Unfortunately, that is not always their choice. Too often, where water is

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PSI Commemorates World Water Day

We have made great strides in improving access to safe water and improved sanitation around the globe and are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water. Much work remains to be done, however, and many countries are still woefully off target. Today

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Should PSI Get Involved in Non-Communucable Diseases? Part 2 of a Series

Ed note. This is part two of a two part series by PSI Chief Liaison Officer Sally Cowal who asks whether or not PSI should begin programs targeting non-communicable diseases? Read part one. Publications are pouring in and the World Health Organization, CSIS, the Council on Foreign Relations and others are hosting lectures, round-table discussions

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Should PSI Get Involved In Non-Communicable Diseases?

Ed note. This is the first post in a series by PSI Chief Liaison Officer Sally Cowal who asks whether or not PSI should begin programs targeting non-communicable diseases? PSI celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2010. A global organization, now responsible for reducing the global burden of disease by 2.67%, has an opportunity to do

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Impressions from the Vienna Conference – Sally Cowal

Unlike the famous “Tales from the Vienna Woods”, I want to reflect a little on the just completed Vienna AIDS Conference which we’ll call “Tales from the Vienna Steam Bath”. First of all, a steam bath because it has been above 35 degrees centigrade here every day since we arrived, and secondly, because AIDS Conferences

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