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Health systems (part III), finance and leadership

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Key Data Points for Guiding the Ebola Response

While the general strategies for Ebola control – community engagement, contact tracing, patient transport, lab diagnosis, and isolation with treatment – are clear, ensuring effective Read More

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Health Systems (part II)

In this episode of TWIGH we’ll be continuing our look at health systems, talking about how countries plan their procurement and supply chain management of pr…

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Health systems (part III), finance and leadership

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From This Week in Global Health. Health systems (part III), finance and leadership – YouTube.


USAID Tackles Respectful Maternity Care, Better Working Conditions for Midwives

This month, USAID released its follow-up to Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action (June 2014) with its new report of the same name with the addition of evidence for strategic approaches.These approaches seek to lower the world’s maternal mortality rate. Right now 289,000 women die per year from complications during childbirth.While it is widely known that MDG 5 will fall short of its overall global goal, USAID has partnered with other leading organizations, including the World Health Organization, Maternal Health Task Force, United Nations Population Fund, and the Maternal Child Health Integrated Fund, along with representatives from 30 countries, to work on a new set of maternal health goals.Set in April 2014, these organizations are now working towards a global maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 70/100,000 with no country having above a 140 MMR by 2030.To reach the proposed MMR in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, many countries must triple their rates of reduction. This goal will be achieved through keen focus on 24 target countries with the highest current MMR, including many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where most mothers still die during childbirth. Asian countries such as India, Indonesia, and Nepal will also be targeted, as well as Haiti, the only country in the Western Hemisphere.


Key Data Points for Guiding the Ebola Response

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While the general strategies for Ebola control – community engagement, contact tracing, patient transport, lab diagnosis, and isolation with treatment – are clear, ensuring effective Read More


Health Systems (part II)

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In this episode of TWIGH we’ll be continuing our look at health systems, talking about how countries plan their procurement and supply chain management of pr…


10 Advances In Global Health, Vaccinations For 2015

Huffington Post: 2015: Full Speed Ahead Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015: 1. A fully-funded Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; 2. An end to the Ebola epidemic in…More


Gates Foundation reviews funding focus after criticism

The foundation aims to look less at technology and more at delivery to target polio and other diseases.


FHWC Urges WHO Executive Board to Put Frontline Health Workers at Center of Ebola Discussions

This week, 34 technical experts on health representing World Health Organization member-states will meet to set the agenda for the largest and most influential gathering of health ministers and civil society organizations of the year: the World Health Assembly. The WHO executive board will decide the health policy agenda that the World Health Assembly will deliberate on in May, and consequently begin the conversation of which global health issues will be rallying points for the international community over the coming year.We know that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the enormous human and economic toll it has taken on the region will be a focus at the WHO executive board meeting. A new Frontline Health Workers Coalition statement issued ahead of the meeting emphasizes the need for greater investment and political attention to issues facing frontline health workers both in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and around the world.A global human resources for health strategy should be a focal point of discussion for member-state representatives this week. The Ebola epidemic has underscored the need for a well-financed and coordinated effort to address the perilous health workforce shortages in countries around the world, and the WHO executive board will also hear from the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) about progress on the creation of a broad-based global strategy on human resources for health.In December, the WHO plainly stated that weak health workforce and infrastructure was a main contributor to the devastating spread of Ebola and its ripple effects of stalled economic growth and a complete breakdown of access to basic health services such as malaria, HIV and TB treatment, and obstetric care in the region. To demonstrate a commitment to preventing another global health crisis on the scale of the Ebola epidemic, the creation and implementation of a global human resources for health strategy should be a focal point of discussion for member-state representatives during the WHO executive board meeting, and during the World Health Assembly in May.We already know that health workers, and especially frontline health workers, are critical to save newborn lives, prevent malnutrition, increase the utilization of family planning, reduce the burden of HIV, TB and malaria, and prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. What we lack is a global vision and strategy that sets clear targets and integrates what we know works in health workforce development and support from varied sectors. A global strategy that is comprehensive can help guide donor country investment and aid national level planners and policy makers to bolster the number of and support for skilled health professionals, like frontline health workers, in the places where they are needed most.Based on GHWA’s recently released synthesis paper, the FHWC strongly recommends that discussion around the global strategy address: Specific  targets, timelines, and commitments for ensuring that by 2030: All communities will have access trained and supported health workers with a minimum core set of competencies; All countries will have the health workforce and systems needed to stop Ebola and other existing and emerging public health threats.


Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance On Track To Raise Funding Target Of $7.5B; U.S. To Commit $1B…

Bloomberg News: GAVI Close to Reaching $7.5 Billion Vaccines Fund Target “The Gavi Alliance, the world’s biggest funder of vaccines for developing countries, has reached more than 75 percent of its target of raising $7.5 billion from donors for financing its activities from 2016 to 2020…” (Kitamura/Bennett, 1/26). Devex: U.S. to commit $1B to Gavi…More


Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

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It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector


Top 10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2015

This post originally appeared in full on Humanosphere.No one could have predicted that Ebola would dominate global health headlines in 2014. We sure didn’t. The virus was nowhere to be found on IntraHealth’s Top 10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2014 published last January.At the time, the global health community was focused on longstanding challenges such as HIV, family planning, maternal health—all of which have been derailed in some way by Ebola this year.Will 2015 be some kind of a tipping point? Could it be the year the global health community finally begins to focus on the underlying health systems challenges brought to light by the Ebola epidemic? On the final push to end AIDS?


TFCH improves Maternal health in Nigeria with Solar Delivery Lights from Maternova, Inc.

Knowing the electricity challenges in our rural communities, women in labor and the midwives finds it very difficult during delivery of the newborn. Its been a trend that pregnant mothers are mandated to buy “Candles” as part of the listed items for delivery. The candle of course provides light in case labor comes at night. Where the mother is not able to buy the candle, the local lights known as “npanaka” used mainly by rural dwellers which produces dangerous fumes that causes carbon monoxide poisoning are regularly used. This local lights is known to be very dangerous to the health of the newborn , mother and health worker


Beyond new facilities: Helping politicians understand universal health coverage

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By Dr. Oluwadamilola O. Olagoun, Project Manager, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood This post is part of the Woman-Centered Universal Health Coverage Series, hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and USAID|TRAction, which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.


Patently unfair: On the need for more equitable drug pricing

For this Humanosphere podcast, we are talking to James (aka Jamie) Love, director of an organization that works for social justice and equity in the realm of intellectual property – patents, copyrights and those sorts of things. The organization Love runs, based in DC, has the somewhat inscrutable name of Knowledge Ecology International and it has


Health Systems – This Week in Global Health

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