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As global health education and training shift toward competency-based approaches, academic institutions and organizations must define appropriate assessment strategies for use across health professions. The authors aim to develop entrustable professional activities (EPAs) for global health to apply across academic and workplace settings. In 2019, the authors invited 55 global health experts from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health to participate in a multiround, online Delphi process; 30 (55%) agreed. Twenty-two EPA statements reached at least 70% consensus. The authors categorized these into 5 role domains: partnership developer, capacity builder, data analyzer, equity advocate, and health promoter. Statements in the equity advocate and partnership developer domains had the highest agreement for importance and relevance. EPAs for global health may be useful to academic institutions and other organizations to guide the assessment of trainees within education and training programs across health professions.

SummaryThe COVID-19 pandemic limits pricing policy options for vaccines. It is therefore necessary to consider what appropriate policy options governments can use to ensure affordable and equitable access to these novel products. Commonly used policies such as fostering competition, generic substitution, and external and internal reference pricing will not work for novel vaccines.

This paper describes the technical approach used by a donor-funded program to strengthen multisectoral coordination on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 11 countries as part of their efforts to advance the objectives of the Global Health Security Agenda and discusses some of the challenges and lessons learned.The program conducted a rapid situational analysis of the Global Health Security Agenda and AMR landscape in each country and worked with the governments to identify the gaps, priorities, and potential activities in multisectoral coordination on AMR. Using the World Health Organization (WHO) Joint External Evaluation tool and the WHO Benchmarks for International Health Regulations (2005) Capacities as principal guidance, we worked with countries to achieve key milestones in enhancing effective multisectoral coordination on AMR. The program conducted a rapid situational analysis of the Global Health Security Agenda and AMR landscape in each country and worked with the governments to identify the gaps, priorities, and potential activities in multisectoral coordination on AMR. The program’s interventions led to the achievement of key benchmarks recommended actions, including the finalization of national action plans on AMR and tools to guide their implementation; strengthening the leadership, governance, and oversight capabilities of multisectoral governance structures; establishing and improving the functions of technical working groups on infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship; and coordinating AMR activities within and across sectors.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, March 2021 edition. 

Sustaining Essential Health Care During Covid-19: A Toolkit for Local Leaders to Adapt Health Services in Low-Resource Settings assists leaders in responding to surging health care needs that threaten to overwhelm the system.

Inside this issue:Strengthening health systems must continue in 2021A forgotten remote health center gets a second chanceBuilding human resources that ensure continuity of services

Do you have a bold idea on how to help the people of Uganda have more access to affordable, quality, essential medicines and health supplies?Submit your idea to Uganda’s first ever Health Supply Chain Solutions Challenge, hosted by the newly launched Supply Chain Innovations Lab, in conjunction with the United Nations Populations Fund.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been fighting malaria for three decades in over 40 countries.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, April 2021 edition.

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