When the Drugs Don’t Work: Antibiotic Resistance as a Global Development Problem. Heijden Mvd, Sandgren A, Pränting M, Karvanen M, et al. (2018)


There is a belief that innovation of new antibiotics will out-pace the development and spread of resistant bacteria. However, without rapidly addressing the way antibiotics are currently over- and mis-used, there is no chance of winning this race. Novel antibiotics will continue to play an important role, but they will not be enough. Antibiotics must be seen as a non-renewable resource. And just like in climate change, if this natural resource is exhausted, there will be nothing left for future generations. Managing antibiotic resistance relies on limiting use of antibiotics, discovery of new antibiotics or alternative ways to treat infectious diseases, but also on preventing infections and limiting spread of resistance. There are no quick fixes – antibiotic resistance is a systems failure and thus all sectors need to contribute to a change and jointly securing that antibiotics remain effective.


This report focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals related to poverty, economic growth, inequality, health, food production and the environment.   


Keywords: HIV/AIDS, TB, SDGs, antibiotic resistance, public health, drugs


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Using Voluntary National Reviews to Keep HIV on the Global Health and Development Agenda. MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights. (2019)


This report examines the inclusion of HIV-related data and topics in 2018 Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and civil society parallel reports. The report builds upon “Getting on Track in Agenda 2030”, which assessed HIV inclusion in the 2017 VNRs.


Keywords: HIV, civil society, inclusion, data



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Accelerating Progress: An Empowered, Inclusive and Equal Asia and the Pacific. ESCAP. (2019)


The report proposes a framework of four synergistic elements necessary to advance inclusion, empowerment and equality: rights and justice; norms and institutions; resources and capabilities; participation and voice. The need for action on all four fronts is illustrated by a deeper look at three pivotal challenges confronted by the region – (1) climate change and its potential to deepen inequality; (2) the urgent need to boost domestic resource mobilization; and (3) the need to strengthen social accountability and civic engagement. It draws out policy messages on how an empowerment-and-inclusion approach to policymaking can be fostered, including on addressing violence against women and girls. The report provides strong evidence that promoting empowerment and inclusion are necessary approaches to reduce inequality and accelerate progress towards a broad array of Sustainable Development Goals. It is a contribution to the ongoing national, regional and global dialogues on opportunities to empower people, ensure their inclusion and advance equality.

Keywords: SDGs, empowerment, inclusion, equality


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Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Baseline and Pathways for Transformative Change by 2030. Asian Development Bank and UN Women. (2018)


This publication provides the first Sustainable Development Goal assessment of the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific based on data from official sources. 


The report establishes a baseline for governments and policy makers to monitor and accelerate progress towards gender equality commitments in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). It identifies data gaps and underscores the necessity of heightened urgency to improve production and use of gender statistics for evidence-based SDG localization. It also provides valuable insight into key catalysts and policy recommendations to assist countries to achieve gender equality by 2030.


Keywords: SDGs, gender, gender equality, statistics, reproductive health



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Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2019. ESCAP. (2019)


This report analyses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) trends as well as data availability for monitoring progress in Asia and the Pacific and its five subregions. It assesses progress towards the SDGs and the gaps which must be closed for these to be achieved by 2030. This assessment is designed to ensure the region’s actions remain on target, shortcomings are addressed as they arise, and all interested parties remain engaged. It is an invaluable resource for all stakeholders involved in prioritisation, planning, implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.


Keywords: SDGs, data, health, education, gender equality


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WHO Guideline: Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening. WHO. (2019)


The key aim of this guideline is to present recommendations based on a critical evaluation of the evidence on emerging digital health interventions that are contributing to health system improvements, based on an assessment of the benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibility, resource use and equity considerations.


This guideline urges readers to recognize that digital health interventions are not a substitute for functioning health systems, and that there are significant limitations to what digital health is able to address.

Keywords: UHC, health system, digital, technology, interventions



- Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening


- Executive Summary


- Evidence and Recommendations


- Research Considerations


- Web Supplement 1: Evidence-to-decision Frameworks


- Web Supplement 2: Unpublished Systematic Reviews and GRADE Tables

Snapshots: HIV Epidemic in Asia and the Pacific. UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific and AIDS Data Hub. (2019)


UNAIDS Snapshots 2019: HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is an interactive report with colourful infographics and bite-size information on the HIV epidemic and response on key populations at higher risk of HIV in Asia and the Pacific.

Keywords: HIV, PMTCT, key populations, new infections, treatment, response, laws



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RESPECT: Preventing Violence against Women: A Framework for Policymakers. WHO. (2019)


Violence against women is a major public health problem rooted in gender inequality, and is a gross violation of women’s human rights affecting the lives and health of millions of women and girls. Aiming to end violence against women, a package/framework with infographics on prevention of violence against women - RESPECT – Preventing violence against women: A framework for policymakers, was developed, based on the UN framework for action to prevent violence against women from 2015 and updated new evidence.


Keywords: women, human rights, violence, gender


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WHO Preferred Product Characteristics for Herpes Simplex Virus Vaccines. WHO. (2019)


WHO preferred product characteristics (PPCs) provide strategic guidance as to WHO’s preferences for new vaccines in priority disease areas. PPCs are intended to encourage innovation and development of vaccines for use in settings most relevant to the global unmet public health need. Development of one or more herpes simplex virus (HSV) vaccines is an important objective for sexual and reproductive health worldwide. HSV vaccine PPCs describe global public health goals for HSV vaccines and preferred parameters pertaining to vaccine indications and target populations, safety and efficacy considerations, research and development, and immunization strategies.


Keywords: HIV, HSV, diagnosis, vaccine, public health


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Recommendations of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-based Violence. UNFPA. (2019)


This report presents an analysis of the recommendations made by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on the issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence. It also reviews the implementation of these recommendations by United Nations Member States. 

Keywords: migrants, women, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, gender



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