Top 10 Global Health Milestones of 2012

It’s fitting that the last issue of the year is one of reflection.

We asked experts and readers to tell us the top 10 mile­stones in global health in 2012. The response was over­whelming via Twitter, Facebook, PSI’s Impact blog and through direct outreach; it made the task of identifying only 10 items difficult.

Some of the suggestions came as no surprise. The Lon­don Summit on Family Planning received the most nomina­tions. This landmark partnership between the U.K. Department for International Development (UKAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation mobilized billions in commitments to help women and couples in the developing world access family planning products and services. Melinda Gates made it a per­sonal goal to take the controversy out of contraception.

India celebrated one year free of polio. Leading advocates on Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee write about this incredible achievement. The Governments of Ethiopia, India and the U.S., in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund, convened the Child Survival Call to Action.

Also notable, but more nuanced, greater investment in girls and women came as a result of years of advocacy efforts and we saw significant growth in public-private partnerships – a trend that is set to continue as the funding landscape for development evolves.

The year included a few very notable shake-ups. Andrew Mitchell stepped down as International Development Secretary after championing value for money and transparency at UKAID. We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to working with his successor, Secretary Justine Greening. Dr. Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global Ambassador for HIV/ AIDS and the head of PEPFAR during the George W. Bush Administration, became the new Executive Director of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Also in this issue, PSI’s Chief Technical Officer, Steven Chapman, shares his thoughts on trends for 2013 and beyond.

We’re confident the global health community will main­tain the momentum, partnerships and ingenuity necessary to continue to creating lasting health impact.

Below is the much anticipated Impact magazine Top 10 List and exclusive authored pieces:

#1 London Summit on Family Planning Ignites $2.6 billion in Commitments
– Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Director of Family Health and Dr. Chris Elias, President of Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
–Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary, UKAID

#2 India Celebrates 1 Year Free of Polio
–Dr. Robert S. Scott, International PolioPlus Committee Chair, and Deepak Kapur, National PolioPlus Committee Chair, India, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

#3 Global Leaders Convene Child Survival Call to Action
—Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID

#4 Child Mortality Declines Globally
—Dr. Nick Alipui, Director, Program Division, UNICEF

 #5 AIDS 2012 Focuses on an “AIDS-Free Generation”
—Eric Goosby, US Global AIDS Coordinator

#6 Public-Private Partnerships Thrive
—Geralyn Ritter, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Merck

#7 Gates Foundation Calls for Reinventing the Toilet
—Doulaye Kone, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

#8 Nutrition Movement Gets Its Turn
—Anne Peniston, Nutrition Chief, USAID

#9 Spotlight on Girls’ Health Shifts Awareness to Action
—Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit

#10 GAVI Adds HPV to Vaccine Portfolio
—Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO GAVI Alliance

– Marshall Stowell, Editor-in-Chief, Impact Magazine