Todd Summers

Todd is the Senior Adviser for the Global Health Policy Center at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Chair for the Strategy, Investment, and Impact Committee at The Global Fund, President at U.S. Fund for the Global Fund and was the Senior Advisor of Global Health at the ONE Campaign. Board Member at The Global Fund

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Obama, step up your game in global health

Last week, the Group of Eight countries concluded their annual meeting and issued the requisite communiqués and reports. It’s getting to be a sad affair. For those of us focused on extreme poverty and global health, these summits can bring important promises such as the commitment at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit to double as......

Fighting corruption, at a cost

Last week, the Global Fund board of directors met to review a range of issues, the most pressing of which was answering concerns about reports by its Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the theft of money or drugs from Global Fund grants. It’s an important discussion, but it can also be deflating. Donors are…...

Q: What do Minneapolis and Congo have in common?

A: Measles. Public health officials in Minnesota report 14 confirmed cases of measles, in people ranging in age from 4 months to 51 years old. While eight have been hospitalized, fortunately there have been no deaths. Far away in Africa, health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported a measles outbreak –......

You asked, we answered: Todd Summers on vaccines

A little while ago, we asked our friends on Facebook and Twitter to submit their questions on vaccines to me: We picked a few to answer, and here they are. Take a look: Ali Gohar Jamali from Pakistan (via Twitter) and Unimke Nawa from Nigeria (via Facebook) asked about ongoing efforts to develop vaccines for…...

Who killed all the poets?

John Keats, DH Lawrence, Dylan Thomas, Henry David Thoreau. Famous poets that turned words to art. Sadly, they also had another thing in common: tuberculosis. In the late 1800s, TB was tearing through the US and Europe, causing many deaths. Today is World TB Day, an opportunity to take stock of progress made in ridding&hellip......

Must Read: Michael Gerson responds to negative Global Fund coverage

Before departing for the weekend, we’re going to bump this blog post to the top of the feed. If you haven’t yet, please read it: We’re big supporters of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria here at ONE, with so many of our members helping raise awareness about the great work it’s…...

The Global Fund: Zero tolerance for corruption and misuse of funds

This post is also featured at the Huffington Post. Over the weekend, the Associated Press filed a story about corruption involving a small number of grants made by the Global Fund, an international partnership that channels funds to fight AIDS, TB and malaria from donors, like the United States, to some of the poorest countri......

The 411 on microbicides

This is the second in today’s five-part series on innovative prevention efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS for World AIDS Day. Be sure to follow along throughout the day. Photos of the first panel at the USAID Microbicide Stakeholders Meeting (Photo Credit: USAID/Bethany Egan). There’s exciting news coming from res......

AIDS funding works, but there’s still more to do

To commemorate World AIDS Day, Todd Summers kicks off a 5-part series looking at innovative prevention efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Be sure to follow along throughout the day: This World AIDS Day, we have much to celebrate—millions more on antiretroviral treatment, decreasing stigma, and increasing global partners......

What you need to know for this year’s World AIDS Day

To commemorate World AIDS Day, we’re launching a series of blog posts to educate, inspire and update you about the fight against HIV/AIDS. Keep an eye out for posts like this one on the ONE Blog throughout the week Fortunata, who is HIV-positive, and her HIV-negative daughter, Florida Every year on December 1, the world......

Make a difference this World Pneumonia Day

More than 1.5 million kids under the age of 5 die every year from pneumonia. Who knew? In wealthy countries, we tend to think of pneumonia as a disease of the elderly, but pneumonia actually kills more young children than HIV, measles and malaria combined. Another child dies from pneumonia every 20 seconds. Today is…...

GAVI needs $7 billion to ensure vaccines get to children

Last week in New York City, donors were busy discussing their support for several global health funding initiatives. We’ve blogged already about the Global Fund replenishment meeting, but there was a separate meeting the day after for donors interested in supporting the GAVI Alliance, a mechanism that helps raise funding fo......

ONE members, we have our Global Fund work cut out for us

After months of campaigning from ONE members around the world, and after a two-day pledging conference in New York, the dust has finally settled on the Global Fund’s third replenishment. From left to right: Mr. Richard Manning, Replenishment Vice-Chair; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Prof. Kazatchkine, Global Fund Execut......

Global Fund helps flood-ravaged Pakistan

We’ve all seen the devastation in Pakistan caused by historic flooding, but what might have been less obvious was the impact on their health system. Imagine the challenge of getting daily medicines to people with tuberculosis or keeping up efforts to control malaria, which was already difficult before the floods. So we were......

Global Fund champions

Here’s another great post from Todd Summers here in NYC. Earlier this morning, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria sponsored a special event as part of the busy MDG summit here in New York City. ONE Members have been fiercely committed to supporting the Global Fund’s efforts to get needed funding from&helli......