Policy & Systems



How Do We Build Global Health Systems Ethically?

The construction of global health systems is fraught with challenges. The expertise required to inform systems development involves multiple disciplines, many which inherently have conflicting Read More


Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala

Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health Read More


Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More


Making Disaster Relief More Like Funeral Societies: A Review of Dercon and Clarke’s Dull…

I was recently at the Novafrica conference in Lisbon, where one of the keynote talks was given by Stefan Dercon. He based it around a newly released short book he has written with Daniel Clarke, called Dull Disasters. The title is meant to indicate both the aim to make dealing with disasters a dull event rather than media circus, as well as to discuss ways to ‘dull’ or reduce the impact of disasters. Stefan started his talk by noting that disaster relief may well be the part of the whole international development and humanitarian system that is the least efficient and has had the least research on it. The book starts by noting the predictability of responses “every time a natural disaster hits any part of the world, the newspaper headlines ten days later can be written in advance: ‘why isn’t the response more coordinated?’.

Researchers, Advocates Encouraged By PrEP As HIV Prevention Tool, Say Health Delivery Systems…

Devex: Barriers to PrEP: Rollout of this HIV prevention tool is hitting bumps “…Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is the use of antiretroviral medication to prevent the acquisition of HIV infection by uninfected people. In 2014, the World Health Organization recommended offering PrEP to men who have sex with men — known as MSM — and…More

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Congress’s Inaction On Emergency Funding For Zika…

Washington Post: The wrong way to fight disease Editorial Board “…It was irresponsible of Congress to leave town for the summer with President Obama’s $1.9 billion request [for emergency Zika funding] up in the air. It also underscores a larger problem: The system for financing public health emergencies is flawed. … This is not only a…More

How Do We Build Global Health Systems Ethically?


The construction of global health systems is fraught with challenges. The expertise required to inform systems development involves multiple disciplines, many which inherently have conflicting Read More

Bringing good things to life? GE in Africa

When I am looking for information about health in developing countries that is not available in the usual media outlets, covering stories less spectacular than the outbreak of the latest infectious threat, I have sometimes turned to AllAfrica.com. Certainly in the past, you could find issues related to bioethics of regional and local concern, say nurses strikes or clean water insecurity. Turning to AllAfrica.com for the first time in awhile, and wandering over to the fancier-looking Health webpage, my eye fell on an article entitled “Our Generation Will See Healthcare in Africa on a Par With the Rest of the World.” This is global bioethics click-bait.Turns out the article is written by the President and CEO of GE Healthcare. GE, or General Electric, is one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world in terms of gross revenue and profitability.

The role of blended finance in the 2030 Agenda: setting out an analytical approach

The potential role of blended finance – the use of public-sector funds to mobilise private investments for the financing of development projects – has gained increasing interest and recognition from international policy dialogues and recent UN agreements. This includes the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Donors are already pledging to scale up their efforts to use aid in blended finance partnerships with private actors. We therefore need to improve the evidence base on blended finance, which is currently very limited, to ensure it can reach its full potential in financing the 2030 Agenda and that its impacts are understood, transparent and accountable. This paper sets out 10 key questions we intend to answer on blended finance.

AIDS 2016: Medicines? Check! People to deliver them? Not so much . . .

Categories: AIDS2016, FeaturedDURBAN, South Africa – Dr. Carlos del Rio, chairman of the HIV Medicine Association, chairman of the Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, has a pair of maps he shows medical students entering the field of infectious diseases. One shows the countries of the world sized according to the numbers of adults living with […](Read more…)

Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala


Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health Read More

Human Rights Must Be Included In Health-Related Innovative Finance Mechanisms, Public-Private…

Daily Maverick: Op-Ed: Decisions in the Dark? Global Health Financing in the Post-Aid Era Julia Greenberg, director of the Global Health Financing Initiative at the Open Society Foundations “…Questions about how to fill the funding gap left by the withdrawal of foreign assistance for health are gaining prominence among donors, civil society actors, and the…More

Both Democrats, Republicans At Fault For Delaying Zika Response Efforts

Post and Courier: Zika aid first, politics later Editorial Board “Predictably but sadly, Congress left Washington last week without approving funding to fight the deadly Zika virus. Members are pointing to those on the other side of the aisle as the culprits. But voters should see it as a colossal failure of both sides. ……More

Private Sector Funding Necessary To Bolster Efforts To Reach Sustainable Development Goals,…

Public Finance International: Public sector cannot go it alone on aid financing, says OECD “The involvement of the private sector is urgently needed to fill the substantial gap left by public money in funding the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the OECD [in its annual Development Cooperation Report]. While public funding sources delivered a record…More

Friday Think: closing the cervical cancer prevention gap

The Pap smear, colposcopy, biopsy. These are proven lifesavers that screen women for cervical cancer, but only for the women who can access them. For hundreds of millions of women in low and middle income countries, these technologies and treatment innovations (such as CryoPen and thermal coagulation) are expensive, hard to deliver, and often out […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthMy family legacy: delivering health and equity across generationsSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunity ;

Politics and Governance: calling for evaluation of “atypical” interventions: Guest Blog by…

A “meta” problem facing not only impact evaluation work but all development policy dialogue is perverse behavior in the public sector to not pursue evidence-based, technically sound policies. Politics and governance come between statistically significant research results and real impact in the world. We confront these problems in a policy research report that has been described as having transformational implications for the business of international development assistance. And we derive implications for a research agenda that involves atypical impact evaluations that would complement work on how to fix the pipes with work on how to fix the institutions that would fix the pipes.

Political strategies in difficult times – The “backstage” experience of Swedish…

Publication date: August 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 163 Author(s): Peter Garpenby, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund This paper contributes to the knowledge on the governing of healthcare in a democratic context in times of austerity.

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