3 Ways to Engage the Private Sector Against TB

By Petra Stankard, Senior Technical Advisor HIV & TB, PSI, and Dr. Shekhar Waikar, Director of Programs, PSI-India World TB Day, commemorated on March 24th each year, raises our awareness that despite effective drugs and diagnostics, tuberculosis remains a leading cause of death in much of the world. TB is second only to HIV as

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Why TB Isn’t Yet Out of Breath

By Karl Hofmann, PSI President and CEO Despite over a century of remarkable progress, tuberculosis remains the world’s deadliest, yet preventable and treatable disease. While our attention focused on the more headline-grabbing malaria and Ebola, TB quietly rose as top infectious killer on the planet. Every year, around 9.6 million people worldwide are infected with

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TB named Top Infectious Killer in the World, Killing More People than HIV

By Jennifer Orford Over the next two weeks Impact will post the top 12 global health moments of 2015 with commentary from experts. We want to hear your thoughts, too. So login and comment, share on social media and reflect on what has been a pretty interesting year for global health. With 9.6 million new

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Honoring our Health Workers on World Health Day

Around the world today, many of our friends and colleagues are celebrating World Health Day. The day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First World Health Assembly, which was held on April 7, 1948. Each year, the WHO chooses a theme for the day — this year it’s Food Safety — and

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A New Start in Conquering TB

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By: Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications On Tuesday, March 24th PSI recognized World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about the disease and encourage further efforts to address it globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one third of the world’s population has been infected with tuberculosis (TB). TB is the number one killer of those infected with HIV, responsible for one-fifth of all HIV-related deaths. With

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Uniting to Fight Against Pediatric TB

TB is a leading killer of children, its impact rippling through families, communities, and entire countries. While the disease is curable, appropriate treatments designed for children do not currently exist. This is evidence of a longstanding neglect of children with TB. However, TB Alliance, the World Health Organization, and other partners are working to change

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On the Path to End TB: How Social Franchising can Effectively Engage Private Practitioners

By Karl Hofmann, President & CEO, PSI and Mario Raviglione, Director of Global TB Programme, WHO “End TB!” Over the past 20 years, that rallying cry has gone from fantasy to imperative. Since the advent of the World Health Organization’s directly observed treatment strategy in 1995, more than 61 million people have been successfully treated for tuberculosis, and new

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The Top 10 Global Health Moments in 2013

By Karl Hofmann, President & CEO, PSI


The end of each year provides the opportunity to reflect on what transpired and what was accomplished. Global health saw plenty of victories and setbacks in 2013. Drug resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall.

Amid these challenges emerged a changing global health landscape. The old way of doing things is now, more than ever, on its way out. In the next five years, the range of actors that are engaging and making a difference in addressing global health issues will continue to broaden and expand, even as the underlying health challenges narrow, and as The Lancet recently described, converge.

The infrastructure that developed over the last 50 years to tackle global development – the United Nations, donor agencies, international NGOs, other intermediaries and host governments – now finds itself working more and more with corporations, impact investors, next generation philanthropists, and socially networked individuals. This burgeoning ecosystem of development actors generates unprecedented attention and potential resources to address global poverty. Getting the roles right for these and other players might have a lot to do with whether we can end extreme poverty during our lifetime.

These are our top 10 moments for global health in 2013. Top 10 lists inevitably leave lots out. What did our global health and development leaders miss? Let us know what you think and share a few of your predictions for 2014.

1. Typhoon Haiyan

We include Haiyan not only for the unimaginable devastation it caused but as a reminder that when the media attention wanes and the world moves on, the health needs of the people affected will still be great.

“We will continue to serve these communities’ immediate needs, as well as long-term needs including child and maternal health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; and mental health services.” – Nancy A. Aossey, President & CEO of International Medical Corps

2. Malala Yousafzai’s Ripple Effect on Family Planning

The impact of Malala Yousafzai’s efforts on education is obvious, less so is the impact she will have on the reproductive health of girls and women. If Malala has her way, girls will not only be better educated, they will have healthier families, build stronger communities and contribute to more robust economies.

3. Polio Movement Celebrates Successes, Faces Setbacks

The world is watching how the polio community will overcome conflict and violence to eradicate polio by 2018.

4. Global Leaders Show Unprecedented Support for Maternal and Child Health

In September, The World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, Norway committed $1.15 billion over the next three years to advance progress toward Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, and to get essential services and medicines to women and children who need them most.

5. Women Philanthropists Align for Health and Rights of Girls and Women

Women philanthropists are catalysts for new, innovative ways to deliver life-saving health products that will improve the lives of girls and women throughout the world. They are engaged and here to stay.

6. Gender-based Violence Movement Sees Tipping Point

World leaders acted on their commitments to eliminate gender-based violence, signaling a tipping point in the fight. Momentum is behind the movement. This is an issue to watch in 2014.

7. Under Mark Dybul’s Leadership, the Global Fund Is Back and Better than Ever

An impressive level of financial commitment from existing and new donor governments sends a strong signal.

8. Global USAID-Walmart Partnership Solidifies Long-Developing Trend

Public-private partnerships are not new. It is the magnitude of USAID’s partnership with Walmart that made us stand up and take notice.

9. Drug Resistance Threatens TB Progress, New Drugs Show Promise

By many measures the world is making great progress against TB – the rate of new cases has fallen worldwide and new drugs are in development – yet drug resistance seriously threatens that progress.

10. Women Deliver Conference Secures Bold Commitments for Girls and Women

More than 5,000 people gathered at Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to promote the health of girls and women, adding additional momentum to what economists, government donors, philanthropists conclude: when you invest in the health of girls and women, you lift.

Read the latest edition of PSI’s Impact Magazine here.

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Drug Resistance Threatens TB Progress, New Drugs Show Promise

This year marked important strides in the global tuberculosis response. By many measures the world is making great progress against TB – the rate of new TB cases has been falling worldwide for about a decade. However, progress is seriously threatened in large part due to drug resistance, according to the WHO’s “Global Tuberculosis Report 2013.”

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A Reminder as to Why the Global Fund is Important

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is seeking to raise $15 billion in its new replenishment, this week. There will be a lot of discussions and reports about the vital organzation. Here are two new videos form the Center for Strategic International Studies out of Washington DC.

The first video looks at the Global Fund and the importance of the US as a major financial supporter to its work. This is a good video for those of you that are not familiar with the Fund. It answers the questions: what is the Fund and its mission? What impact has it had? What will it take to sustain its success?

Next up, Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director at the National Security Council, explains why the Global Fund matters today and discusses the United States’ leadership role in supporting the Fund.

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WHO warns of drug-resistant TB crisis

There are an estimated 94,000 people living with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) The WHO says that roughly one in five of those people are not receiving care.

In its latest report on the state of TB around the world, the WHO sounds the alarm on the issue of MDR TB spreading and the lack of action to address the problem. However, it is not all bad news.

“Nearly 20 years after the WHO declaration of TB as a global public health emergency, major progress has been made towards 2015 global targets set within the context of the Millennium Development Goals,” says the report.

Others are not so optimistic. ACTION’s Kolleen Bouchane recently wrote in the Huffington Post about the emerging crisis. She says progress has been sliding the past few years and the gaps are critical in terms of stopping the spread and progression of TB.

“We’ve reached a point where an ancient disease is outrunning our attempts to control it. Despite some visionary political commitments — such as recent U.S. and UK commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — ultimately, our global fight against TB is starved of political leadership and funding,” she writes.

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Making Every Dollar Count

In the poorest countries of the world, millions of people still suffer and die from easily preventable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and polio. The world has responded to this scandal by pouring billions of dollars of aid into health through organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the GAVI Alliance.

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