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Earlier this week, the UN Economic and Social Council held a special event on the role of philanthropy in combating global public health challenges.  The meeting convened over 400 executives and philanthropy leaders, representatives of UN Member States and other partners at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for all partners, whether UN actors, philanthropists, governments or other, “to come together to deliver as one in the field of global health.”

The event focused on ways to strengthen partnerships toward reaching the health-related MDGs – especially health outcomes for women and girls and neglected tropical diseases.

Watch President Bill Clinton’s closing keynote address on the need for concerted action between governments, civil society, and the private sector for interventions in public health.

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The Center for High Impact Philanthropy released a report this month titled “Lifting the Burden of Malaria: An Investment Guide for Impact Driven Philanthropy.”  In it, the authors synthesize data on effective malaria control strategies, consider funding trends and nonprofit performance data, and interview malaria specialists and public health practitioners to help you get to smarter decisions faster.  They recommend strategies to address critical unmet needs and dole out practical advice on evaluating potential investments and assessing post-donation impact.

The report cites our Global Philanthropy Forum Index on Intermediaries as a resource for interested philanthropists to find supportive organizations to help them navigate through the challenges of work in their interest area.

To learn more about efforts underway to combat malaria, check out the CDC site and the RollBackMalaria partnership, a joint effort of the WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and World Bank.

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An article this week in The Christian Science Monitor highlights the deepening shortfall in funding for international efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  Global health leaders are calling for the Obama Administration to pledge American money to these ends, to set an example for the rest of the world.

The article argues, “The international economic turmoil must not be allowed to sidetrack attention from global health initiatives, especially with many countries in the midst of multiyear programs that are delivering impressive results, say health experts. With a hint of exasperation, some experts note that the world’s wealthy are managing to come up with huge sums of money for business bailouts and national stimulus plans.”

Our upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum conference in April will look at exactly this issue – how government can and should partner with the private and social sectors to address challenges in health, and in four other areas – poverty, education, climate change, and conflict.  See a list of confirmed speakers so far, here.

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