Devex President & CEO Raj Kumar on the connection between climate change and global health; a final push on the health MDGs, with particular focus on toilets and saving lives at birth; and health systems in fragile states taking center stage. The post Three global health issues to watch in 2014 appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
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It is imperative that both the public and private sectors work together. Businesses have invested in GAVI because they know that one of the strongest ways to promote global health is through immunization. And quite simply, vaccines provide a strong return on investment. Through collaboration between the public and private sectors, GAVI has been able to raise additional funds and, most importantly, bring significant private-sector expertise, skills, advocacy and visibility to its work The post The benefits of public-private partnerships in global health appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
During the Taliban rule – when women were barred from school – the once female-dominated health workforce was depleted, leaving only 467 practicing midwives and one midwifery school for a country of 22 million people. After the fall of the Taliban in 2002, Jhpiego, in partnership with the Afghan government and with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, led the development of a community-based national midwifery education system. The post Throwback Thursday: Ensuring a Healthy and Safe Delivery appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
April 10, 2014 A new study finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the MDG for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. From VOA: According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people – or one-third of the world’s population – will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium goal calls for cutting in half the number of people who lacked clean toileting facilities in 1990. A study led by British researchers found that none of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa was on track to meet the sanitation goal by next year. Last year’s WHO-UNICEF report noted that the world has met the target of cutting in half the proportion of people without access to improved sources of water, five years ahead of schedule. But that assessment is deceptive, according to Mathew Freeman of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. Freeman is co-author of the report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He says it appears the global goal of increased access to clean drinking water is largely being met by emerging countries in Asia, which is obscuring the real picture of the availability of adequate water supplies elsewhere.
April 9, 2014 Foreign aid for development in poorer countries hit a record high last year, says a new OECD report published yesterday. From the Guardian: Figures released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday show official development assistance (ODA) grew by 6.1% in 2013 to $134.8bn (£80.3bn) after falling for two years in a row in as donors grappled with austerity measures and increasingly divided public opinion in many countries. Seventeen countries in the OECD’s development assistance committee (DAC) increased their aid spending last year, with huge jumps recorded by some donors. The UK’s spending grew by 27.8% to hit for the first time the international target to spend 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) as aid.
U.S. investments in global health protect millions of people from malaria with insecticide-treated bed nets, effective treatments and innovative diagnostics. These targeted investments have lifesaving impacts, and they are also cost-effective! Our entire foreign assistance amounts to only about 1 percent of our overall budget.
Taking an idea to market and, eventually, saving and improving the lives of people around the world is a lengthy process, and many potential innovations fail along the way. Although governments and industry players are seeking to reduce barriers, the process is arduous and requires strong partnerships and coordination at many levels. The post From idea to impact: Bringing health innovations to scale appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.