For too long, we have ignored how our actions—from deforestation to wildlife trade—drive infectious disease outbreaks. We also have not invested in controlling them. Global health security initiatives have been underfunded, even in the midst of epidemics, such as Zika virus in the Americas in 2016. COVID-19 is an opportunity to break free of this inertia, but the movement needs a leader—the United States must fund and coordinate pandemic prevention and preparedness.  

 {Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH}Left to right: Dr. Hoasy Solange, Regional Director of Boeny region; General Lylyson, Governor of Sofia region; Aaron Hawkins, Deputy Director of the USAID ACCESS Program; Dr. Rabenandrasana Florent, Regional Director of Sofia regionPhoto credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH

The MSH-led, USAID-funded ACCESS Program in Madagascar works with the Ministry of Public Health and local partners to strengthen the quality of health services delivered from the community to referral hospitals, particularly focusing on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health.

 Dr. Rabia Kahveci presents at a Ukraine's first national national health technology assessment forum.

MSH congratulates Dr. Rabia Kahveci for her appointment as board vice president and president-elect of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering health technology assessments worldwide. The two-year appointment will lead to Dr. Kahveci assuming the presidency of the organization in 2023. Dr. Kahveci is MSH’s senior technical advisor for pharmaceutical policy and governance and has also served as a board director with HTAi from 2014 to 2020 and as chair of the HTAi Developing Countries Interest Group and co-chair of the Medical Devices Interest Group. In addition, she served as the Chair of the Eurasian Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Initiative.