As we embark on 2016 and the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals, I would like to express my gratitude to all our partners and participants since we started in 2004 as a small NGO with the aim of ending deaths in childbirth in Nigeria.
For community case management to be truly effective, countries and partners must invest in supply chains so that they can forecast, finance, procure, and deliver life-saving medicines to community health workers.
Global health has been absent from the debates so far. It needs to make an appearance in the third at final debate, because we're about to sacrifice the opportunity to make a difference for women in the name of politics.
As the campaigns start looking to win over every vote in the pivotal swing states, it may be worth examining more closely the local links between global health and jobs, and the opportunity to tap into an issue that could energize university students.
Full and sustained implementation of GHI's principles is the best way to ensure that U.S. global health programs make a real, measurable difference in the lives of those served by U.S. foreign assistance, and that U.S. dollars are spent effectively.
All of us can agree that we need to spend our tax dollars as wisely as possible, and with that in mind we must recognize how important our global health investments are, providing security and diplomatic advantages to the United States.
How will we be remembered in another 100 years? Will this be the Congress that spent wisely and honored commitments, or did not pay the slightest bit of attention while women were senselessly dying around us?
The Global Fund provides funds and support to the hardest-hit countries that lack the resources to address their epidemics. However, one of the largest recipients is the second largest economy in the world: China.
Investing in girls and women should also be a means of empowering them and putting them at the center of the development debate. They should be at the table when political leaders and donors define how new funds will be allocated.
In developing countries, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth every 90 seconds, a person is infected with AIDS every 12 seconds and a child dies every four seconds. The call to action is urgent.