A Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health Policy
Tips, Tools & Pointers
The following resources from the Kaiser Family Foundation and other organizations can help you find both general and specific global health information to generate story ideas or research and find material for a piece you are already developing.
Tracking U.S. Global Health Policy Developments
- Kaiser’s Policy Tracker features the latest action on global health from the U.S. Congress and the Administration. It includes a specific Budget tracker that monitors the progression of each fiscal year’s budget.
Tracking Global Health News
The Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report monitors news from around the world. In addition to culling important journalism on the U.S. role in global health, the report includes blogs as well as journal articles on a wide range of global health issues.
A number of events take place annually or regularly, often serving as a focus for global health news coverage and an opportunity for policy-oriented announcements. The WHO maintains a calendar of days of the year that are dedicated to specific diseases annually.
Other key global health news events that occur regularly include:
- The U.S. president’s budget request, which is released annually on or before the first Monday in February. This is followed by a Congressional budget resolution that sets the overall spending targets and a series of appropriations bills.
- The World Health Assembly — the WHO’s decision making body that includes delegations from member states — meets annually, generally in May.
- The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria meets twice annually (usually in the Spring and the Fall).
- The G8 and G20 Summits, which generally meet in the Summer.
- The International AIDS Society organizes the International AIDS Conference in even years, generally in July/August.
- UNAIDS releases a report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic biannually, typically in July), with an update typically in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1st.
- In the Fall, the WHO releases the annual Global Tuberculosis Control Report and the World Malaria Report.
- The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization releases an annual report on the State of Food and Agriculture, generally in advance of World Food Day on October 16.
- Kaiser’s Global Health Facts provides country-level data on conditions, demographics and economics, health systems, and program funding and financing. The data can be viewed in tables, charts and color-coded maps.
- Kaiser and University of California San Francisco’s Global Health Interventions: A Review of Evidence examines how well some key global health interventions work by summarizing findings for a range of prevention and treatment efforts designed to reduce the risk of death and disease in the developing world. Information is presented by health condition and includes a narrative overview, a key findings table, and a logic model.
- The World Bank maintains a data website that includes a variety of health-related catalogs available for download. Data is also organized by topic.
- The WHO provides a Global Health Observatory Data Repository, which includes over 50 data sets on health topics as well as findings from each year’s World Health Statistics Report from the 194 member nations.
- Kaiser’s fact sheets on various U.S. global health policy issues
- WHO’s disease-specific fact sheets
- The U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ global health-related Health & Research Topics
Kaiser has put together a glossary of global health terms, designed for those working on global health policy issues, reporting on global health for the news media, or conducting research more broadly.
Kaiser Slides provides graphics and tables on global health statistics and trends from studies by Kaiser and others. The graphics are available to view, group into slideshows, download and print.
Kaiser maintains a global health video library. Journalists can access the footage rights-free. UNICEF also provides journalists with video on issues related to children’s health. The News Market offers video news releases from global health-related organizations.
Flickr.com’s Creative Commons features global health-related photos that can be used with proper attribution.
Kaiser tracks the American public’s views on the U.S. role in global health. The surveys examine perceptions about foreign aid in general and U.S. spending on global health specifically, including views on the potential impact of spending, perceptions of progress in improving health in developing countries and the visibility of global health issues in the media.
Reporting Guide on HIV/AIDS
Kaiser has produced a detailed HIV/AIDS Reporting Manual that covers a broad range of subjects including the unique challenges of reporting on HIV/AIDS, treatment and prevention strategies, key figures in the struggle against HIV/AIDS and global efforts to finance the campaign against HIV/AIDS. Several country-specific and region-specific manuals are also available in English and other languages.
Additionally, four veteran reporters share their views to Kaiser on the unique challenges of reporting on HIV/AIDS.Non-Governmental Organizations Involved in U.S. Global Health Policy