Policy & Systems



What gravestones can tell us about global men’s health

I’ve been working as an advocate in the men’s health field for over 20 years but there are still moments when the significance of what Read More


How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika – The New York Times

A sudden, sharp increase in babies with “no foreheads and very strange heads” was baffling doctors in Brazil. That set off a search for answers Read More


Mexico SimSmoke: how changes in tobacco control policies would impact smoking prevalence and…

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“Mobilizing” the Global Community Workforce for Resilient Primary Health Systems

I am inspired by Paul Jones’s new article in opensource.com on mHero, a mobile phone-based platform that helps ministries of health stay in touch with their frontline health workers through SMS text messages.mHero was developed by IntraHealth International and UNICEF in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Jones highlights the work of Angie Nyakoon and Amanda Ndorbor, two agents of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia, who adapted mHero to address the mental health consequences of displacement and abandonment that resulted from the Ebola crisis.On the heels of the Ebola outbreak and Zika virus, global communities are faced with the very real frailties of the health systems that are intended to protect us.  The promise of mHero and other information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in combating both communicable and non-communicable diseases and in reaching the grand convergence proposed in the Lancet Global Health 2035 report is real.However, achieving that lofty goal will require applying and scaling up these solutions to the global community workforce.One way to accelerate progress is through timely and complete engagement of community health workers themselves in the design of solutions. This basic principle of digital development is often cited but not consistently applied. Success comes when frontline health workers are trusted, encouraged, and supported, but most importantly, fully engaged in the process of developing the solutions they will rely upon.On the heels of the Ebola outbreak and the declaration of the Zika Virus as a global health emergency, our global communities are faced with the very real frailties of the health systems that are intended to protect us.

White House slashes TB funding less than two months after launching National Plan to Combat…

Categories: U.S. Policy and Funding, UncategorizedThe State Department’s funding document released following the White House budget today shows the Administration proposed the same amount for tuberculosis programs this year as it did last year — even after releasing an ambitious plan to reach more people worldwide with treatment for drug resistant TB. The State Department’s budget justification proposes a $45 million cut to […](Read more…)

Zika Virus Sheds Light on Shortcomings in Family Planning and Reproductive Health

As the Zika virus spreads across the Americas, it’s shedding light on the systemic shortcomings some countries face in providing family planning and reproductive health services.Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global public health emergency. It has been linked (although not yet conclusively, we are cautioned) to severe birth defects in babies whose mothers contract the virus during pregnancy. More than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly—a birth defect marked by an unusually small head and an underdeveloped brain—have been reported in Brazil since October. For families already living in poverty, providing ongoing medical care for their disabled children will be especially challenging.So when the vice minister of health in El Salvador recommended that women postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, it begged the question of how exactly they should do that.  Meanwhile, as the virus continues to spread wildly, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are in a tough spot.In many of the Latin American countries most affected, abortion is illegal and while modern contraception is lawful, using it goes against church teachings for the millions in these countries who identify as Roman Catholic. And, in many areas, health services and commodities like contraceptives are in short supply.So when the vice minister of health in El Salvador recommended that women postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, it begged the question of how exactly they should do that

PEPFAR, Global Fund flat in White House Budget document, while TB plan doesn’t get a mention

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingThe Obama administration raised hopes and goals for HIV treatment and prevention last year, but today released a budget with flat funding for the programs that must meet those goals. The Administration’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposes $4.65 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and $1.35 billion the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, […](Read more…)

Ebola quarantine of healthy travelers brings class action suit in Connecticut

The residents of Connecticut who were forced to stay in quarantine after returning from West Africa in 2014 were illegally detained, a lawsuit against the state charges. Students from the Yale Law School filed the class action suit against Gov. Dannel Malloy and state health officials on behalf of those affected. They charge that it

WHO Needs Reform To Remain Viable, Experts, High-Level U.N. Panel’s Draft Advance Report Say

Reuters: The World Health Organization’s critical challenge: healing itself “…Public health specialists, non-governmental organizations, and some of the WHO’s biggest donors say the organization is unwieldy, poor at coordinating responses to epidemics, and too thinly spread. And increasingly it struggles to set its own priorities because many of its donors give it money earmarked for…More

Vanessa Kerry Discusses Seed Global Health, Health Worker Training In Boston.com Interview

Boston.com: Vanessa Kerry is determined to transform global health “Vanessa Kerry was raised in Boston with a name synonymous with politics and public service. She’s the younger of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s two daughters, and is charting a path that is very much her own — one that combines her devotion to medicine…More

Health Affairs’ February Issue Focuses On Vaccines

Health Affairs Blog: Health Affairs February Issue: Vaccines “The February issue of Health Affairs explores the current environment in which vaccines are discovered, produced, and delivered. The issue also contains several studies examining the economic benefits and value of sustainably financing vaccinations in the United States and globally. This month’s DataGraphic provides a pictorial view…More

ECET2: A Community of Change

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All-age hospitalization rates in coal seam gas areas in Queensland, Australia, 1995–2011

Unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) is expanding globally, with Australia expanding development in the form of coal seam gas (CSG).

Scarcity discourses and their impacts on renal care policy, practices, and everyday experiences…

Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science &amp; Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Julia Brassolotto, Tamara Daly Drawing from a qualitative case study in rural British Columbia, Canada, this paper examines the discourse of kidney scarcity and its impact on renal care policies and practices.

The International Decision Support Initiative Is Scaling Up—That Means Better Decisions and…

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“I wish we knew more . . . I wish we could do more,” a White House request, and more,…

Categories: What we’re readingWith confirmation that the Zika virus was transmitted sexually in Dallas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its guidelines to protect pregnant women from infection to include recommendations that men who have traveled to areas where the virus has surfaced use condoms or abstain from sex with pregnant partners. At […](Read more…)

WHO Executive Board Addresses R&D Agenda Items In Preparation For World Health Assembly

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: WHO Board addresses health R&D, sets March meeting to discuss CEWG resolution Jana Armstrong, a consultant for GHTC, discusses R&D agenda items for the WHO Executive Board meeting that took place at the end of January in preparation for the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in May. During the…More

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