An article on how Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) developed a data sharing policy for routinely collected clinical and research data. via PLOS Medicine: Data Sharing…
Policy & Systems
Since typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines last month, some predictable patterns of disaster news coverage have begun to emerge – including evidence of a sometimes contentious relationship between the press and aid organizations. This week on PLOS TGH, Columbia University’s Chris Tedeschi explores.
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Development Report, a Lancet Commission revisits the case for investing in health and has developed…
Colleagues Amanda Glassman and Bill Savedoff posted an excellent piece on the role of the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, and other nontrade agencies in helping developing countries fend off the “Big Tobacco Bullies.” They argue that agencies like the World Bank could use their money, technical assistance, and policy dialogue to provide big visible support for developing countries to implement their anti-tobacco policies. There also need to be changes in the trade and investment treaties that multinational companies are exploiting to intimidate developing country regulators, however. And, I would argue, they should not be focused narrowly on tobacco control. There is a case for treating tobacco differently from other products when negotiating trade and investment agreements, as our former colleague Tom Bollyky argues here.
The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programmes in history. It reached 6·7 million people with antiretroviral therapy in 2013, and has also strengthened country health systems, provided billions of dollars in aid to biomedical and behavioural prevention programmes, and helped to drive declines in morbidity and mortality in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. PEPFAR began as an emergency response, after relative inaction by wealthy nations, and rapidly built disease-response capacity by funding non-governmental organisations.
This is a joint post with Bernadette O’Hare (St Andrews University) and Innocent Makuta (University of Malawi). As new research reveals the stark scale of unnecessary child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa linked to illicit financial flows, the OECD has today launched a damning report on the financial secrecy and related failings of its own member states. Global policy commitments are required to turn the rhetoric against illicit financial flows and tax abuse into reality. A tumultuous year for tax is coming to a close – a year that has seen high-level political confirmation, at the G20 and G8 summits and from UNECA’s High Level Panel on illicit flows out of Africa, of the importance of greater financial transparency in rich countries to curtail tax abuse and corruption that predominantly affect poorer ones. The OECD report, ‘Measuring OECD Responses to Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries’, paints a picture of a membership that lags far behind this international consensus.
This is a joint post with Kim Elliot and Rifaiyat Mahbub. After years of growing concern that the extensive use of antibiotics in animals was leading to the spread of drug-resistant infections, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final guidance document that seeks to eliminate the use of critical antibiotics to promote growth in animals. This is an important but modest step forward for the FDA. In 2011 the FDA reported that 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for use in livestock – this represents 80 percent of the total volume of antibiotics sold in the US.
For the past five years, our partners at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have brought together some of the brightest and most ambitious minds around the world for the Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive (GHDI), a month-long program for global health professionals. We’re happy to announce that the application process for the 2014 program is officially open. Over the month of July, participants will explore epidemiologic methods, applications of biostatistics, and the principles of health care delivery in resource-limited settings, among many other subjects. The non-degree program features three credit-bearing courses and draws on the expertise of various Partners In Health clinicians, including Drs. Paul Farmer and Joia Mukherjee.
It’s almost Christmas and even if I’m not a Christian anymore (my relatives tell me I’m a fake Buddhist now ), I still kind of enjoy this time of the year. So it seems appropriate to come up with some reflections on the year to come for the world of global health. More in particular, even if I’m already middle-aged, my Christmas message is aimed at the young and emerging global health voices. But even if you’re a global health dinosaur or worse, you might want to read on. In 2014 and beyond, I hope more and more young global health voices will put the mantra ‘Health in all policies’ into practice or at the very least demand it, loud and clear
Living amidst one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Europe, with among the highest rates of both HIV and TB, one in eight people living with HIV in Ukraine also has tuberculosis and one in eight living with HIV dies, according to a report from, the country’s Anti-corruption Action Centre, and All Ukrainian Network […](Read more…)
In a guest post in IntraHealth’s “Vital” blog, Vanessa Kerry, founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, examines the need to invest in health workers, writing, “For essential caregivers — whether they’re physicians, midwives, or skilled birth attendants — training can mean the difference between life and death.” She highlights the efforts of her organization…More
Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Victoria Fan, a research fellow and health economist at CGD, and Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at the center, discuss the World Bank and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s recent announcement to establish “a stronger…More
Noting “a full 84 percent of the world’s one-year-olds are vaccinated against measles,” Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that “less than one in five Americans identified the correct level” in a recent Gapminder survey. The survey “provides a wakeup call…More