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MMI Network News, 23 December 2015

MMI Network News, 23 December 2015

HRH and NCDs - two fields of MMI engagement and cooperation (editorial)

Dear reader,

The last weeks of 2015 have brought along some milestone events for MMI Network members engaged in the fields of human resources for health (HRH) and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

In an event in Brussels, on 9 December, the members of the European project “Health workers for all and all for health workers” handed over to representatives of the European Commission the list of 175 signatures of key actors collected for their European Call to Action “A health worker for everybody, everywhere”. At the end of the HW4All project, the Brussels conference on “Global health aspects of the implementation of the WHO Code Of Practice” aimed at sharing the itinerary of this project and disseminating the results achieved, but also at indicating the continuation of the civil society partnership after the end of the project, under the leadership of a renewed working group on human resources for health of the Medicus Mundi International Network. Since then, member of the MMI HRH working group have started to draft a work plan for the “year one” after the end of the HW4All project.

Another thematic working group of the MMI Network is currently being established: In a workshop hold at the MMI Assembly in The Hague in October 2015 and at an meeting during a dialogue event of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs in Geneva, a group of interested MMI Network members assessed the potential tasks for a new MMI working group on noncommunicable diseases. They agreed that there is enough ground to launch an MMI working group on NCDs and are currently also drafting a work plan for 2016.

Behind these updates, MMI Network members might hear a gentle call for getting involved in the two working groups. In fact, if you are interested in joining one of them, the perfect moment is now!

Thanks to all MMI members and partners for your ongoing support and for your contributions to another successful year of our Network. I wish you a quiet Christmas break – if you have any – and a happy New Year!

Thomas Schwarz, Executive Secretary
Medicus Mundi International Network


MMI Network events


Network event: Medicus Mundi Switzerland
Ebola: A game change in global health
Geneva, 21 January 2016

“Crisis often allows change. Do we have indications of a change in global health in the aftermath of Ebola? What proposals have been put forward? What is expected of the World Health Organization (WHO)? How do Member States need to respond? What is the role of other sectors such as the humanitarian sector, the security sector or the airline industry? How does global health research need to be strengthened and what is the role of industry?” - A discussion on priority reforms that are required in the governance of global health in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis jointly organised by the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute (a member of Medicus Mundi Switzerland), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security.


Network event: Medicus Mundi International
138th session of the WHO Executive Board
Geneva, 25-30 January 2016 

The 138th session of the WHO Executive Board takes place from 25 to 30 January 2016. Items on the agenda include health systems / health workforce, health in the SDGs, the follow-up of the Ebola crisis (International Health Regulations, WHO and emergencies), the WHO reform (Framework on Engagement with non-State Actors) and many others. MMI Network members and project partners who want to register for this WHO event as a member of the delegation of Medicus Mundi International are requested to confirm their participation until Friday 8 January by e-mail to the MMI secretariat.


Network event: Medicus Mundi Switzerland
Geneva Health Forum 2016: Sustainable and affordable innovations in healthcare
Geneva, 19-21 April 2016

“Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) along with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva and Swiss and International organizations committed to Global Health have joined their talents and resources to organize the Geneva Health Forum. The GHF was established to link policy and practice, and addresses health issues through an integrative approach. The sixth edition of GHF will focus on sustainable and affordable innovations in healthcare." - The Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals is a member of Medicus Mundi Switzerland.


MMI Network members: Please send us your announcements for the events calendar on the MMI website and in the next issue of our monthly newsletter!

MMI Network news, papers and resources

Network campaign: Cordaid
The Walk: Cordaid's contribution to UHC Day 2015

The most impressive contribution to Universal Health Coverage Day (12 December 2015) was produced by Cordaid with its "most boring" video "The Walk". Cordaid followed Chanceline, a pregnant woman living in one of the poorest countries, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She had to walk hours under shower rains and heavy sun to ensure that her health and the one of her baby are fine. This is the reality that many have to face everyday to have access to healthcare services. Cordaid gave us the opportunity to join Chanceline during her real-time 5 hours forced adventure. A really touching experience, and not at all boring. Congratulations!


Network campaign: Medicus Mundi International
UHC Day 2015: MMI take home messages

UHC Day 2015 was again an inspiring event. In addition to the simple promotional slogan along "UHC is right - smart - overdue", there have been many substantial contributions to the dialogue on Universal Health Coverage, what it means and what it needs to achieve it. In its "MMI updates" on Twitter, the MMI secretariat repeated some key messages already published on UHC Day 2014 - but still worth to be repeated



Network paper: GCWH
CWGH's role at the 18th ICASA

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) played a critical and pivotal role during the just ended 18th International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) which was held in Harare, Zimbabwe from the 29th of November to the 4th of December 2015. The conference, which ran under theme “HIV/AIDS in the Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights”, brought together experts, civil society organisations, development agencies and governments from all over Africa to share successes, challenges and opportunities for ending AIDS and STIs on the African continent.



Network news: DWA CUAMM
Remembering Don Luigi Mazzucato

On 6th November 2015 Doctors with Africa CUAMM announced the decease of Don Luigi Mazzucato, director of CUAMM from 1955 to 2008, and an old and true friend of Medicus Mundi International: "Don Luigi was a man of great intellectual stature, with an extraordinary ability to reconcile prophecy and realism. He was a strong leader and especially a teacher of life for everybody. In 1955 he took up the challenge of leading CUAMM, working with dedication, commitment and with the tendency to seek more the positive than the negative in every person and in every events. He had to overcome many trials and difficulties during the 50 years at the helm of CUAMM."


Network advocacy: Wemos
NCDs: Policy coherence starts at home

From 30 November to 2 December 2015, a dialogue on strengthening international cooperation on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) took place in Geneva organized by the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCMNCD) of WHO. The meeting provided a space for governments, United Nations organizations, civil society organizations and ‘the private sector’ to discuss challenges and come up with solutions for the fast growing NCD epidemic. Mariska Meurs, Policy Researcher Global Health at Wemos, participated in the meeting as part of a broader delegation of the MMI Network. Her statement on the second day of the meeting is reported on the Wemos website.


Network resource: Medicus Mundi Switzerland
Implementation Research: Practice of NGOs and Political Challenges

Measurement and evaluation as well as looking for evidence: Implementation Research on projects and programmes is of increasing importance within health cooperation. But how does good Implementation Research look like? What are the obstacles for health NGOs in doing Implementation Research? A themed issue of the Bulletin of Medicus Mundi Switzerland deals with an issue which is also highly relevant for the MMI Network.


MMI Network members: Please send us your eventual contributions for the MMI website (events, news, articles, resources) and the next issue of our monthly newsletter!

Global health policy, health cooperation, health systems: MMI updates

Bits and pieces of news on international health policy: each “MMI update” is 140 characters or less - these are the rules of the game on Twitter. Just enough for a headline, eventually an author, a date, the source – and a link to the website where you find the full information. Have a look at some of our “tweets” published during the last month. As usual, it’s a bit much, so take it or leave it.

At the end of a year

Key health issues. WHO review of the year (storymap)

2015 in medicine: Lancet review of the year. Farhat Yaqub

Health security: the defining challenge of 2016. Lancet editorial

Pictures of health. Highlights 2015 (The Lancet)


Universal health coverage, UHC Day 2015
Health systems strengthening
Health services, health financing

Anchoring UHC in the right to health: What difference would it make? WHO policy brief 

What is universal health coverage? A WHO video

WHO DG Margaret Chan addresses international conference on UHC in the New Development Agenda

Uniting behind Universal Health Coverage. Jim Kim World Bank, at UHC conference

Universal health coverage saves lives, alleviates poverty and boosts growth. ILO statement

Toward Universal Health Coverage in Africa. Matshidiso Moeti

"Options for an Accountability Framework for Universal Health Coverage” open for comment (MSH)

The most impressive contribution to UHCDay 2015: Cordaid's "The Walk". 

Too many people are still waiting for health. Photographers tell their stories  

Implementing pro-poor universal health coverage. Participants at a Bellagio Workshop

New Index Reveals Gap between Rhetoric and Reality on Universal Health Coverage. Adam Wagstaff

Ebola’s lessons for Universal Health Coverage. Mohga Kamal-Yanni

Why hospitals are key to reaching universal health coverage: 

The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Uganda: Time to involve private sector in the UHC debate. Chrispus Mayora

UHC Day 2015: Some take home messages proposed by MMI - Network Health For All

The Role of the Global Fund - Supporting Countries to Build Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health

How on earth can you measure resilience? A wonk Q&A by Oxfam

The Profound Emptiness of ‘Resilience’ 

  • See also below: Health beyond 2015
  • Twitter: #UHC


Health policy and systems research

Working with academics: it gets easier. Honestly. Gemma Ferguson

Implementation Research: Practice of NGOs and political challenges. Bulletin of MMS

New HSG health policy and systems research training database  


Human resources for health
Migration of health professionals

Draft global strategy on human resources for health (Workforce2030): WHO secretariat report for EB138

WHO Global Code of Practice on health personnel recruitment. WHO report on 2nd round of national reporting for EB138

Progress made towards implementation of WHA resolutions on health workforce development. WHO secretariat for EB138

UN General Assembly proposes "high-level commission on future health employment & economic growth" (par. 22) 

Health sector employment as UHC tracer indicator in national Social Protection Floors X. Scheil-Adlung et al.

Broader health system benefits of Uganda’s national HRH Information System investment. Driessen et al.

Home-based care and social support: Role of community care workers in rural SA. Moshabela et al.

India still struggles with rural doctor shortages. Dinesh C Sharma

Health worker migration from South Africa: causes, consequences and policy responses

Tracking attacks on health workers – Don’t let them go unnoticed! WHO 

Diaspora engagement of African migrant health workers – examples from five destination countries. Wojczewski et al. 


Access to medicines and vaccination
Medical research and development
Communicable diseases and diseases control

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issues call for new deal on medicines (UNDP)  

Global plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property. WHO progress update for EB138 (PDF)

Draft global health sector strategies 2016–2021 for WHO EB138

Report of Special Session of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Advisory Group for WHO EB138 

WHO publishes list of top emerging diseases likely to cause major epidemics

World Malaria Report 2015 shows significant progress in the path to malaria elimination

The death of AIDS - expected or exaggerated?

World AIDS Day: Accelerate expansion of antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV

On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population. UNAIDS WAD2015 report

World AIDS Day video statement by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe

The global response to AMR and what Sub Saharan Africa needs to do not to be left behind again! Freddy E Kitutu


Ebola situation and response
Ebola and health systems
Ebola and the state of global health governance

Ebola’s lessons for Universal Health Coverage. Mohga Kamal-Yanni

Learning from Ebola: readiness for outbreaks and emergencies. WHO DG Margaret Chan

African responses to the 2014/5 Ebola Virus Disease epidemic. Loewenson et al., Equinet Discussion Brief (pdf)

Ebola boost masks fall in neglected disease funding. Tania Rabesandratana

Statement on the 8th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. Report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola

Is Yet Another Ebola Report a Symptom of the Problem or the Solution? Charles Clift

Disease Diplomacy. Adam Kamradt-Scott et al.
The book 
Review by L Gostin 


Women’s and children’s health
Sexual and reproductive rights and health

Gender and health inequalities: intersections with other relevant axes of oppression.

Strengthen the medico-legal response to sexual violence. WHO toolkit

International Day to End Violence against Women 


Prevention and control of NCDs
Nutrition, Disabilities, Mental Health, Care

Chronic diseases - the social justice issue of our time. Richard Horton "offline"

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD) launches discussion on international cooperation

Rethinking international cooperation for NCDs prevention and control. Andrew Cassels  

"Policy coherence starts at home" GCM/NCD statement by Mariska Meurs, Wemos

"The GCMNCD "blatantly pushes PPPs". A tough one by Patti Rundall 

The Global Burden of Diseases: Living with Disability


Equity and human right to health
Social determinants of health
Poverty and social protection

Evidence of the impact of human rights-based approaches to health. HHR Journal special issue


Global health governance and policy
Political and economic determinants of health

UNGA resolution on global health and foreign policy, 17 December 2015
Text (PDF):

Global health and foreign policy in the UN (history, by WHO)

WHO's work with the United Nations (overview, by WHO)

Politics or Technocracy – What Next for Global Health? Ilona Kickbusch

Navigating Between Stealth Advocacy and Unconscious Dogmatism: The Challenge of Researching the Norms, Politics and Power of Global Health. Gorik Ooms

Philanthropic Power and Development - Who shapes the agenda? Jens Martens and Karolin Seitz  

Does the Gates Foundation do more harm than good? Caitlin Chandler

Read Fit for Whose Purpose? - Private Funding and Corporate Influence in the United Nations 

Ross Malaria funding: Right idea, wrong execution. Amanda Glassman

Coherence and synergy among global health initiatives. Zicker et al.

Towards a simple typology of international health partnerships. S. Edwards et al.

Why we need the Framework Convention on Global Health following the SDGs. Eric A Friedman  

  • MMI thematic guide:
  • See also: Ebola, WHO reform, development
  • Twitter: #globalhealth #healthgovernance


World Health Organization
WHO reform and financing

138th Session of the WHO Executive Board, January 2016

State of FENSA (Framework of engagement with non-State actors). Report by WHO Secretariat, 27 Nov

WHO reform: Health for All, or more corporate influence? Arun Gupta and Lída Lhotská 

Unease over seconded philanthropic foundation staff to top WHO management. TWN report

Do financial contributions from ‘pharma’ violate WHO Guidelines? KM Gopakumar

The Future of the WHO: Lessons Learned and Priorities for Institutional Reform

"Policy coherence starts at home" GCM/NCD statement by Mariska Meurs, Wemos

"The GCMNCD "blatantly pushes PPPs". A tough one by Patti Rundall

First report of the Advisory Group on Reform of WHO’s work in outbreaks and emergencies, 15 November 2015

WHO steps up its role in health emergencies. David Nabarro 

Transforming WHO AFRO to transform Health in the African Region. Matshidiso Moeti 


Health in the UN “Agenda 2030”
From MDGs to SDGs

Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs. WHO on the Agenda 2030 and global health 

Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. WHO Secretariat report for EB138 (PDF)

Bust the silos! Great statement by Naiara Costa Chavez on Agenda2030

Why is it that the Paris Climate Agreement feels historic, but the Sustainable Development Goals don't? Charles Kenny

Primary health care and the Sustainable Development Goals. Luisa M Pettigrew et al.



Development, aid and international institutions

Rapid evidence review on the effectiveness of institutional health partnerships. Ema Kelly et al.

Beyond foreign aid: Commitment to Development Index 2015

The future of successful development lies with financing and not with giving

How to ensure increased aid to fragile/conflict states actually benefits poor people?


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