Policy & Systems


Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

Muhammad Ashiq, Creative Commons

Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More


Community Health Workers: Forgotten No More

June 21, 2017 A new global campaign is pushing for salaries, benefits, and formal employment for these crucial health workers. They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and plains, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles. They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry bags of tablets, syrups, and health information materials.

Guest Blogger: Introducing Gaelen Snell

It has been some time since my last posting. Of course, this is not due to their being a shortage of bioethics challenges related to developing countries. There is never a shortage of that. Rather, a number of research and training projects have pulled me away from my usual late night musings. I will get back to it

Microsoft-Developed Mosquito Trap Helps Researchers Capture Specific Insects

New York Times: The High-Tech Device That’s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes “…The new traps, made by Microsoft, overcome one of the most frustrating aspects of insect surveillance: There are 56 species of mosquitoes in [Houston], and conventional traps suck in nearly all of them. Entomologists want only a few disease-carrying types, including Aedes aegypti,…More

Global Community Should Invest In Midwives

Project Syndicate: Midwives Deliver Lives Jakaya Kikwete, former president of Tanzania and member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, and Toyin Saraki, founder and president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “…Worldwide, 350,000 more midwives are needed to bridge the gap between the health-care haves and have-nots. … Policies and funding to support…More

Outgoing WHO Director General Reflects On Past, Future Challenges Of Agency

STAT: My decade leading the WHO: dirty fights and steps toward universal coverage Margaret Chan, outgoing WHO director general “…Going forward, I would like to see the WHO do more to address financing issues, both for its own budget and the health budgets of low- and middle-income countries. … The WHO needs to keep the…More

Kenya Must Adopt Innovative Financing Solutions To Achieve UHC By 2030

Inter Press Service: Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya through Innovative Financing Siddharth Chatterjee, U.N. resident coordinator to Kenya “…In its Vision 2030, Kenya committed to becoming a competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life for all its citizens by 2030. Investing in a quality health delivery system is enshrined in…More

IntraHealth and Partners Prepare to make 5-Year Plan for Health Employment a Reality

June 19, 2017 The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a five-year plan to massively scale up education and training for health workers in low-income countries, thanks in part to intensive advocacy efforts by IntraHealth International and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. The announcement on May 25, during the 70th World Health Assembly, set in motion a plan to avert the projected global shortfall of 18 million health workers that could occur by 2030—and to improve global health and create jobs in the process. Delegates from 194 Member States agreed that more of their governments will make financial commitments to their health workforces; many will make these pledges at the upcoming Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in November. The Working for Health plan is an unprecedented milestone for the global human resources for health movement, and comes just one year after the WHO adopted the first-ever global health workforce strategy, Workforce 2030. The UN Secretary-General’s High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth created the plan based on its findings that the global demand for health workers will double by 2030, leading to a potential shortfall of 18 million health and social service workers, primarily in low- and middle-income countries

WHO Director General’s Political Skills Could Be ‘Invaluable’ To Advancing Universal…

The Lancet Global Health: Gravitating towards universal health coverage in the new WHO era Editorial Board “…The new WHO [director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,] has laid out his priorities and first on the list is a familiar challenge: advancing universal health coverage (UHC). … [Tedros] has qualified the lack of political commitment, rather than lack…More

The Lancet Publishes Systematic Review Examining Innovative Financing Instruments For Global…

The Lancet Global Health: Innovative financing instruments for global health 2002-15: a systematic analysis Rifat Atun, professor and director of the Global Health Systems Cluster at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Sachin Silva, consultant at the WHO and doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Felicia M.…More

11 Cost-Effective Uses of Drones in ICT for Agriculture

In February CRS, in collaboration with NetHope, flew a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), over cashew farms in central Benin. Just from a first look at the images we could see immediately that there were several issues the farmers needed to address. We could see where there is space available to plant more trees and how many could be planted, where trees needed to be thinned out, where there had been burning, and areas for follow-up due to invasive weeds or other problems. Register now for ICTforAg 2017 to learn more about drones in agriculture Since then, we have found software that automatically tells us: tree counts, crop stress, and gradient changes that can show where water goes. These are hard to detect with the human eye, yet with this information, the field agent can use his limited and expensive time to pinpoint areas that need an in-person visit.

A Strong Start for my Preschool Students

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WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics, and adds medicines…

New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017.

‘No More Excuses’ On Achieving UHC, WHO DG-Elect Tedros Says

Devex: New WHO chief Tedros says ‘no more excuses’ on delivering universal health coverage “Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new director general of the World Health Organization, has called on governments to stop dragging their heels and making excuses, and to ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to achieving global universal health coverage. Tedros, who was…More

Infant HIV Testing Soars from 30% to 94% in Northern Namibian District

A health worker tests an infant for HIV in northern Namibia. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International. June 07, 2017 The number of infants tested for HIV in the northern Namibian district of Nyangana skyrocketed over the past year—from 29.3% to 94.4%—thanks in part to a new tracking system developed by IntraHealth International. IntraHealth nurse mentor Rightwell Zulu and district monitoring and evaluation officer Felistas Shindimba were part of the team of health workers at Nyangana District Hospital who developed the system to test nearly every baby born to HIV-positive mothers in the district. Their goal is to prevent HIV transmission in all babies in the district, and to start HIV-positive babies on treatment as soon as possible.

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