Policy & Systems



World Bank draws a new-ish extreme-poverty line

The World Bank made recent headlines with a report showing the number of people living in extreme poverty will dip below 10 percent this year. It is a historic achievement, but one that comes alongside a very important shift in how the Bank defines extreme poverty. And it matters a lot when countries just formalized


Shifting to Sustainable Development Goals — Implications for Global Health 

A discussion on the shift from MDGs to SDGs – revisiting what worked — and what didn’t — and what concerns exist with the SDG health targets. Read More


Antibiotic resistance poses growing threat to fragile health systems

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingWhile one of the most significant life-saving medical breakthroughs of the last century, the use of antibiotics to fight and prevent infections is becoming one of the greatest medical challenges in this century, including, at growing rates, in countries least equipped to monitor and respond to new health threats, a report released today says. The […](Read more…)


World Bank draws a new-ish extreme-poverty line


The World Bank made recent headlines with a report showing the number of people living in extreme poverty will dip below 10 percent this year. It is a historic achievement, but one that comes alongside a very important shift in how the Bank defines extreme poverty. And it matters a lot when countries just formalized

Let’s Keep the Keepers

“We are our brother’s keeper,” says Mohammed Adamu Adangba. Many of us have uttered that phrase. Adangba, a social service worker in Nigeria, means it.“I grew up in a typical Nigerian community—a communal setting,” he says. “And that was a common expression for us.”That philosophy led Adangba to study sociology. Two years in, a professor approached him about helping children who had lost parents to HIV/AIDS.“That was 2002 and stigma of HIV and AIDS was very, very high,” he says.

Senator: Move money from HIV research to “more important” diseases

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingNIH Director Collins, in turn, says 10 percent apportioned to HIV for last two decades won’t be automatic “As a practicing physician, sometimes still,” Sen. William Cassidy (R – La), told National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins today during an Appropriations sub-committee hearing on funding for the agency, “I think we should double your […](Read more…)

Achieving universal health coverage goals in Thailand: the vital role of strategic purchasing

Strategic purchasing is one of the key policy instruments to achieve the universal health coverage (UHC) goals of improved and equitable access and financial risk protection.

Effect of a maternal and child health handbook on maternal knowledge and behaviour: a…

Maternal and child health (MCH) handbooks are comprehensive home-based booklets designed to integrate MCH records.

Towards universal coverage: a policy analysis of the development of the National Health…

This article examines why and how a national health insurance (NHI) proposal targeting universal health coverage (UHC) in Nigeria developed over time.

Global Goals Framework Should Make Childhood Immunization Separate Indicator To Measure UHC

Nature: Make vaccine coverage a key U.N. health indicator Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…A true indicator of [Universal Health Coverage (UHC)] should be an intervention that every country can readily measure, that speaks to equitable access and quality, and that will reliably ensure the health of a population. Immunization is…More

New World Bank Publication Examines UHC Efforts In 24 Developing Countries

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Going universal: 24 countries and the “how” of universal health coverage Daniel Cotlear, task manager of the Universal Health Coverage Support Program (UNICO) and editor of the Universal Health Coverage Studies Series, discusses a new World Bank publication on universal health coverage (UHC) efforts and describes how 24 developing countries are…More

‘High Quality Relevant Data’ Helping World Eradicate Polio

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The march to polio eradication is on Raj Ghosh, deputy director of India vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, discusses multiple factors helping the world progress toward global polio eradication. “These include strong political and bureaucratic commitment, seamless coordination between multiple partners, robust monitoring,…More

UCSF Initiative Launches New Website Highlighting Progress Toward Eliminating Malaria

University of California San Francisco: New website highlights progress in eliminating malaria “The Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) has launched a new website to showcase commitment to and progress in malaria elimination. ShrinkingtheMalariaMap.org highlights the epidemiological progress in malaria-eliminating countries, emphasizes the resilient regional collaborations, offers information on the latest policy and financing,…More

Liberian President Sirleaf: Ebola crisis fueled by weak health systems

The acclaimed women’s rights advocate, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the massive Ebola outbreak in West Africa can be blamed, in part, on the international community’s tendency to react to crises rather than invest proactively in basic prevention – and to a failure to listen. “This disease exposed our

Taking a bite out of Haiti’s rabies problem

Photo: Dr. Michel Chancy, State Secretary for Animal Production in Haiti Rabies is a serious public health problem in Haiti. Although human rabies in the Americas has declined by more than 95% since 1980, Bolivia, Guatemala, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Haiti continue to experience cases. The problem is most acute in Haiti, which accounts for 70% of all deaths caused by rabies in the region.

U.S., World Must Continue To Finance HIV/AIDS Programs To Control Epidemic

New York Times: The Tools to Fight HIV Editorial Board “Medical leaders have the knowledge and the tools to greatly curtail the global AIDS epidemic within the next 15 years. The question is whether the nations of the world will invest the resources to do it. … Financing for AIDS programs is supplied by industrialized…More

The terribly high rate of U.S. child gun deaths in one gif

It is well documented that firearm fatalities in the U.S. are far higher than other wealthy countries. The rate of 3.55 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013 is more than 6 times greater than our neighbor to the north, Canada (0.49 per 100,000). But it is the fact that the difference extends to children. In the

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