The Office of Global Health Diplomacy (S/GHD) guides diplomatic efforts to advance the United States' global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability through a shared global responsibility. In doing so, S/GHD focuses on providing diplomatic support in implementing the Global Health Initiative’s principles and goals. More»
January 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the Secretary’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy. To mark this occasion, State Magazine featured S/GHD as "Office of the Month." Read the article here.
Last month Embassy Port Moresby, Embassy Suva, and Embassy Apia in collaboration with the Office of Global Health Diplomacy convened an online conference with health officers in the field and U.S. interagency health teams across the U.S. government to discuss health success and challenges in the South Pacific. Ambassador Leslie Rowe of the Office of Global Health Diplomacy co-chaired the meeting with Ambassador Walter North of Embassy Port Moresby. Ambassador Rowe discussed the priorities for her office and the Obama administration, and pointed out diplomatic approaches to improving health. The key challenges identified during the conference include the need to build health capacity in the Islands institutionally and not just among the health workforce, and finding better ways to communicate as an interagency team both collectively and in smaller groups.
In coordination with the Secretary's Office of Global Health Diplomacy, The Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a panel discussion of U.S. Ambassadors who will discuss how global health diplomacy is reshaping the work of U.S. Ambassadors abroad. The panel will feature Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson, Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White, and Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Walter North. Ambassador Rowe, acting special representative for the Office of Global Health Diplomacy will also be attending and discussing the role of the office in assisting our diplomats abroad. Read the full invite.
In a press statement released on February 24, Secretary Kerry reflected the deep disappointment of the U.S. in the anti-homosexuality bill signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Secretary Kerry expressed concern about the law’s potential to set back public health efforts in Uganda, including those efforts addressing HIV/AIDS, which must be conducted in a non-discriminatory manner in order to be effective. Read Secretary Kerry’s Full Statement.
On February 6, Secretary Kerry reaffirmed the United States commitment to eradicate female genital mutilation/cutting. The United States has been committed to ending this gross injustice and to improving healthcare for women and children suffering the consequences. Every year, the United Nations sets aside February 6 to spread the word that female mutilation/cutting is not an acceptable practice. Closing out his statement, Secretary Kerry reminds us that human rights are universal, not negotiable, and the United States will continue to stand up for the fundamental worth of every human being – this day and every day the world over. Read Secretary Kerry’s Full Statement.
During a recent Employee Town Hall on State Department priorities for 2014, Secretary Kerry discussed development diplomacy with Steve Murphy, a Foreign Service Officer in the Secretary’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy. Secretary Kerry reiterated his strong support for the Obama Administration’s global health priorities and welcomed suggestions for institutionalizing health diplomacy at the State Department. Secretary Kerry was eager to follow up on ideas for raising health on the diplomatic agenda. He emphasized that global health is near to his heart and that his daughter, Vanessa Kerry, runs a global health organization that partners with the Peace Corps on a new medical education program in Africa.
On its one year anniversary, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah von Zinkernagel reflects on the achievements of Saving Mothers, Giving Life - a public-private partnership aimed to increase the breadth of services to pregnant women with HIV, reduce maternal mortality, and improve health systems that impact maternal health. Read the Huffington Post Blog here.
On January 8, Secretary Kerry's Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush participated in a Google+ Hangout on "How Young People Are Transforming the Health World." The Hangout featured young professionals who discussed innovative solutions to global health problems and how they partner with local organizations in Africa and elsewhere to improve access to healthcare. The Hangout was broadcast live on the Department of State's YouTube channel and Google+ page.