Are We Prepared for the Next Global Outbreak?

On July 24, 2018 the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo officially declared the country’s ninth outbreak of Ebola closed. Just days later, a 10th outbreak was announced. Although efforts to prepare for global epidemics have been considerable, the truth is we have not progressed far enough, fast enough, or with […]

Together We Can Build on Progress to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

When I was a college student, I traveled to Zambia to study informal economies and individual livelihoods along the Great East Road between Katete and Chipata. I was particularly enamored with the dynamics of the thriving second-hand clothing street markets, where one can pick up a well-loved flannel or a losing team’s championship-winning t-shirt. When […]

Let’s Talk About Menstrual Health

On any given day more than 800 million women and girls are menstruating, yet menstrual health and hygiene is a neglected health and development issue. Stigma, taboos, and ignorance around periods harm women and girls every day. In many parts of the world, women and girls are considered dirty or impure during menstruation. They are […]

A Pledge on International Women’s Day: Female Donors, Join Forces

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March  8, 2018. We are facing a pivotal moment in history where two major movements are aligned. The #MeToo groundswell is changing the way we talk about taboo subjects that long seemed immune to honest discussion and genuine change. At the same time, women in philanthropy are achieving […]

Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

Lessons from the Space Race Will Help Fight Neglected Diseases

Fifty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy announced on a sunlit day at Rice University that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Seven years later, America fulfilled this mission. By the time Apollo 11 traversed the […]

Ebola Scare Shows That the World is Still Not Ready for a Major Disease Outbreak

Originally published by STAT, August 4, 2017. When the Democratic Republic of Congo detected cases of Ebola in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on July 2, only four people had died, four more had survived the […]

What is Global Health Diplomacy and Why Does It Matter?

Global Health Diplomacy: The use of various tactics by a range of actors to incent governments to achieve health goals for their citizens Learn more about Global Health Diplomacy through a free online course developed by Gabrielle Fitzgerald and Peter Small ————————- Global health diplomacy drives priorities in public health and impacts practitioners on the […]

New Director-General Tedros Must Modernize WHO’s Engagement with the World

Originally published by DevEx, May 26, 2017 When Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes over as the new director-general of the World Health Organization on July 1, he will step into a 70-year-old agency wrestling with its identity in a fast-changing world. WHO plays a unique role as the guardian of health for all, yet its […]

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