June 2019 Newsletter of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center
JUNE 2019

Global Health Policy Center Monthly Update

J. Stephen Morrison

Dear colleague,
Welcome to the June 2019 newsletter from the Global Health Policy Center (GHPC) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)! We invite you to catch up on our latest content.


Recent Events:

May 10: Rules in War – A Thing of the Past?
On Friday, May 10th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security and the CSIS Task Force on Humanitarian Access co-hosted a public event at CSIS focused on humanitarian access and international humanitarian law (IHL), on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. The event featured Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC; Susan Glasser, Staff Writer at The New Yorker; and Charles “Cully” Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the National Security Law Program at The Heritage Foundation. The conversation emphasized the need for continued discussion and critical assessment of IHL as a living body of law and the critical importance of bringing humanitarian perspectives into policy debates. This emphasis is particularly important in hotspots of global disorder and displacement.
Watch here.

Peter Maurer. Photo courtesy of CSIS.

June 4: HIV/AIDS in the United States: The Road to 2030
On February 5, 2019, President Trump announced in his State of the Union address the launch of an ambitious campaign, “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for the United States”, which will aim to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. Plans are actively in development to accelerate diagnosis, treatment, and prevention—including a dramatic increase in the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) —in 48 counties, rural communities in 7 states that have a disproportionate occurrence of HIV, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Together, these areas account for more than half of all new HIV diagnoses in 2016 and 2017. A budget request for year 1 in the amount of $291 million has gone forward to Congress, and the operational kick-off for programs is set for early 2020.
We were joined yesterday by the two main architects of this strategy—Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The event featured opening remarks from Sara M. Allinder, GHPC Executive Director and Senior Fellow, and presentations from Dr. Fauci and Dr. Redfield, followed by a conversation that I moderated. We also provided a sneak peek of our forthcoming HIV documentary.
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Redfield described how this initiative first came to fruition and shared the details of the 10-year plan, including expectations around financing and coordination, outreach to marginalized communities, addressing a variety of implementation challenges, and their visions of success. They were both adamant that community engagement will be critical to ensuring that the proven prevention and treatment methods reach priority populations.
Watch here

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, and J. Stephen Morrison. Photo courtesy of CSIS.


May 22: Polio Eradication Needs Gavi Collaboration
In this new commentary GHPC Senior Fellow Nellie Bristol argues that the time is right for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to collaborate more fully. The GPEI strategy for 2019-2023 calls for strengthening immunization and health systems to “help achieve and sustain polio eradication,” but reaching this goal will require the polio program to coordinate with a broader set of immunization stakeholders. While Gavi has worked with the GPEI for the last several years, the relationship between the two will need to be clarified and expanded for a true partnership to succeed. If certain critical questions are answered, the move has the opportunity to be a win for both organizations and for the health of all the world’s children.
Read here.

New Take as Directed Podcast Episodes:

Tune in to our latest Take as Directed episodes and subscribe via your favorite podcast service to get notices of our releases every other Tuesday, as well as special bonus episodes throughout the season.
May 14: Global Diets and the Risk of Disease: Evaluating Eating Habits Around the World
In this episode of Take as Directed, I speak with Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington. Dr. Murray walks through IHME’s ongoing Global Burden of Disease analysis, as he and his team have been evaluating eating habits and food systems for people in 195 countries. Dr. Murray shares the study’s most important—and surprising—findings about global diet-related issues.
Listen here.
May 28: Vaccine Confidence in Crisis
In this episode of Take as Directed, I speak with Dr. Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We discuss why vaccine confidence is currently in crisis, and how this has fueled outbreaks such as measles and the persistence of polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Plus, Dr. Larson walks through her work with the Vaccine Confidence Project, including monitoring public confidence in immunization programs and building an information surveillance system for early detection of public concerns around vaccines.
Listen here.

Dr. Heidi Larson and J. Stephen Morrison recording this episode of Take as Directed.

Upcoming episodes include:

Dr. Akihiro Seita, Director of the Health Programme and the World Health Organization Special Representative at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) HQ in Amman, Jordan; Elizabeth Campbell, UNRWA’s Director in Washington, D.C.; Haim Malka, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the CSIS Middle East Program; and Sara discuss the most pressing health challenges facing Palestinian refugees.


The podcast series is available on our website, Spotify, Stitcher, and on iTunes. Please subscribe using the podcast app. 

Launch of our new AIDS 2020 Podcast Series

People living with HIV. Public health experts. Activists, politicians, and pop culture icons. The largest conference on HIV/AIDS is returning to the Bay Area – to San Francisco and Oakland – in July 2020. AIDS 2020 is a podcast that follows the stories of key players connected to the conference as the epidemic approaches a critical inflection point. This series is hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS Chief Communications Officer; Sara; and I. Find us wherever you get your podcasts.
Listen to the promo here.
June 3: “Resilience”: An Interview with Monica Gandhi
In this inaugural episode of AIDS 2020, Andrew and I speak with Dr. Monica Gandhi, a physician and the San Francisco co-chair of the AIDS 2020 conference. We discuss preparations for next year’s conference and the meaning of the AIDS 2020 conference theme: “Resilience.”
Listen here.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, H. Andrew Schwartz, and J. Stephen Morrison recording this episode of AIDS2020.

If there is something or someone that you would like to hear about on Take as Directed, please email your ideas to us at

Staffing Changes:

We are sad to say goodbye to Aishwarya Raje, Program Coordinator and Research Assistant, as she moves to Chicago this summer to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy. She has been an incredible asset to our team and we wish her the best in this new chapter!
Katherine Bliss, formerly Senior Associate (non-resident), has transitioned to a new role as Senior Fellow. A long-time contributor to GHPC’s efforts, Katherine will be supporting and leading a variety of activities for the program.

Stay up to date on all of our work by visiting the Global Health Policy Center program page.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments.


J. Stephen Morrison
Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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