Policy & Systems



“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More


“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not…

Categories: Budget, U.S. Policy and FundingTags: zikaThe 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […](Read more…)

Perhaps we could value palliative care for a similar reason, as its root goal is also to make life more meaningful.

Eliminate the TB Scourge – The New York Times

Tuberculosis is a problem worldwide. But little is being done to modernize our approach to this debilitating and deadly disease. Source: Eliminate the TB Scourge Read More


Effect of deploying community health assistants on appropriate treatment for diarrhea, malaria,…

Objective A critical shortage of human resources for health in Zambia remains a great challenge.

“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO


This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

The cave hospitals of Syria’s front line

Medics are using underground clinics and surgery guided by satellite link to save lives, says Zaher Sahloul.

U.S. House, Senate Continue Zika Funding Negotiations; House Passes Measure Easing State, Local…

CNN: House passes narrow Zika measure designed to remove red tape “The House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that makes it easier for state and local governments to spray pesticides to kill mosquitoes and stop the spread of the Zika virus…” (Walsh, 5/24). CQ News: Difficult Negotiations Begin Over Competing Zika Response Bills “Negotiations…More

World Leaders Should Think Beyond Financing To Ensure Health Systems Address Needs Of All…

The Guardian: Investing in health is not cheap, but it is not a luxury either Sara Bennett, chair of Health Systems Global, and Edward Kelley, co-chair of the quality in universal health and health care thematic working group of Health Systems Global “…[T]he biggest challenge of all is not just how to finance care, but…More

Liberalism, Capitalism, Democracy Contributed To Recent Global Health Gains

Washington Post: Things have never been better? Jennifer Rubin, opinion writer at the Washington Post “…[W]ealth creation alone does not automatically result in healthier and richer people around the globe. It takes both public efforts such as George W. Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, which has saved millions of lives, and private efforts…More

U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund Critical To Humanitarian Efforts

U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund: Why we need a U.S.$1 billion Central Emergency Response Fund Stephen O’Brien, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator at the U.N., and colleagues discuss the role of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in providing humanitarian assistance in conflict situations and highlight the need for more funding, writing,…More

Investing In Health Systems Critical To Disease Control, Prevention Efforts

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Resilient Health Systems Can Prevent and Contain Pandemics Irene Koek, acting deputy assistant administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses USAID’s investments in health system strengthening and the importance of resilience, writing, “As the world becomes increasingly connected, we must ensure that health professionals are able to address the complex, multi-sectoral disease…More

U.S. Helping Nations Become More Secure Through Global Health Diplomacy

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Global Health Diplomacy at the World Health Assembly Judith Garber, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), discusses the U.S. delegation’s attendance at the World Health Assembly and the importance of global health for security and prosperity. She writes, “The United States is…More

Implementation and Operational Research: Impact of Nurse-Targeted Care on HIV Outcomes Among…

Introduction: Improving HIV outcomes among severely immunocompromised HIV-infected persons who have increased morbidity and mortality remains an important issue in sub-Saharan Africa.


And now, the question on everyone’s mind is, “What difference did the World Humanitarian Summit make?” If social media is any indication, I think many could carry on a great length about everything they think was wrong about it. It is important to keep in mind that arguing, semantic debate, nit-picking, and being endlessly dissatisfied […]

Common Infections in Patients Prescribed Systemic Glucocorticoids in Primary Care: A…

by Laurence Fardet, Irene Petersen, Irwin Nazareth Background Little is known about the relative risk of common bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections in the general population of individuals exposed to systemic glucocorticoids, or about the impact of glucocorticoid exposure duration and predisposing factors on this risk. Methods and Findings The hazard ratios of various common infections were assessed in 275,072 adults prescribed glucocorticoids orally for ≥15 d (women: 57.8%, median age: 63 [interquartile range 48–73] y) in comparison to those not prescribed glucocorticoids. For each infection, incidence rate ratios were calculated for five durations of exposure (ranging from 15–30 d to >12 mo), and risk factors were assessed. Data were extracted from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) primary care database. When compared to those with the same underlying disease but not exposed to glucocorticoids, the adjusted hazard ratios for infections with significantly higher risk in the glucocorticoid-exposed population ranged from 2.01 (95% CI 1.83–2.19; p <</i> 0.001) for cutaneous cellulitis to 5.84 (95% CI 5.61–6.08; p <</i> 0.001) for lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI)

An Avon-Like Approach to Lifesaving Health Care

Chuck Slaughter might be the founder of Living Goods—one of the most innovative health delivery organizations in the world—but when he started out, he was a struggling serial entrepreneur.A graduate of Yale University with a degree in architecture, Slaughter initially opened a bike repair shop, but business didn’t take off. Next, he started a company to produce documentary films about social issues, but the venture failed. Then, while flipping through The New York Times one day, Slaughter read a story about Trickle Up, a micro-financing organization that connects donors to small-business owners around the globe. Today, Living Goods operates with an Avon-like approach to delivering health care, training local entrepreneurs to go door-to-door. Inspired by the company’s mission, he called and asked for a job.Trickle Up said yes, an answer that took him to India, Nepal, and Indonesia as its program officer. The experiences provided him with a crash course in how micro-businesses operate and introduced him to the world of social entrepreneurship.“Life is not a straight line,” Slaughter, 52, says of his early days

CDC, WHO, Vietnamese Health Authorities Work Together To Detect, Respond To Locally Transmitted…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Vietnam: Increased Surveillance Leads to Detection of Zika Virus Tu Anh Tran, Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) fellow, discusses the WHO’s and CDC’s work in Vietnam in response to the Zika virus, writing, “In addition to increased surveillance for priority infectious diseases, CDC’s Global Health Security Program in Vietnam has ramped…More

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