Policy & Systems


Second Chances, by Susan Reynolds Whyte, was published by Duke University Press in 2014.

Patients “Achieving” Healthcare in LMICs: Reflections on “Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda”

I recently read the book Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda, edited by Susan Reynolds Whyte, a medical anthropologist who has been conducting research and Read More


South Africa’s Health Challenges: An Elephant in the Room

The United States and South Africa have a longstanding relationship around health. As one of the countries most deeply impacted by the AIDS epidemic, South Africa has been a major recipient of U.S. financial and technical assistance through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. HIV/AIDS remains a significant burden to the country, requiring ongoing attention and resources from the national government and its international partners.

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Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

Bloomberg Business: Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever “Starting on June 1 in Beijing a blanket ban will be imposed on smoking in public places, after the city’s Municipal People’s Congress passed the tough new law in November…” (Roberts, 5/29). CNN: Beijing rolls out China’s toughest smoking ban…but will it work?…More


Poor health systems hamper fight against tropical diseases

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Just US$300 million a year would greatly improve drug delivery for neglected tropical diseases, says coalition.

Access To Various Financial Tools Needed For Nations To Wisely Fund SDGs

Forbes: Financing The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals Aron Betru, CEO of Financing for Development Corp (F4D), and Paige Robson, special projects and communications manager at F4D “…Unsurprisingly, the question of just how much capital will need to be raised to implement the SDGs (and, subsequently, how much of that need is currently unaccounted for) is…More

Should I stay or should I go? Exploring the job preferences of allied health professionals…

IntroductionThe uneven distribution of allied health professionals (AHPs) in rural and remote Australia and other countries is well documented.

If Ebola Comes, Kenya Will Be Ready

When Ebola hits a country, there’s no time to ”develop the health system” or ”build capacity,“ two terms that those of us working in global health toss around a lot. The country has to respond with the resources and systems it has in place.If we’ve learned anything from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the price so many have paid with their lives, it is that we—the international community and individual countries—need to be ready. We know we can’t build resilient health systems overnight, but we can be prepared to scale up our health workforces to effectively and efficiently respond to disease outbreaks when they occur.We think Kenya will be ready. Here’s why.The government of Kenya has been working with IntraHealth International and other partners for nearly a decade to put in place processes and tools to assess health needs, determine the response required (and if an emergency medical response is necessary), identify health workers with the right skills, and quickly recruit and deploy those health workers where they’re needed.There are no known cases of Ebola in Kenya today, but the government has been addressing a health crisis. With a population of 44 million people, Kenya has 2 doctors and 9 nurses or midwives per 10,000 people.That’s just not enough.

New Issue Of Global Health And Diplomacy Journal Focuses On Sustainable Development Issues

Center for Global Health Diplomacy: Global Health and Diplomacy The Summer 2015 issue of the Global Health and Diplomacy journal highlights the future of sustainable development, including articles on global health security, development financing, and women and children’s health, among other issues (Summer 2015).

Sustainable Development in Global Health

This article originally appeared in Global Health and Diplomacy magazine.In architecture, a keystone at the summit of every arch provides the critical role of holding all the other pieces in place.For ecosystems, keystone species are indispensable to the functioning of the entire system.Within the global health and development ecosystem, the health workforce is the keystone of sustainable development.In 2006, the World Health Organization’s World Health Report raised awareness of the global health workforce crisis with its sober assessment of endemic health worker shortages. Subsequently, three global forums have honed national and international commitments prioritizing human resources for health.On the ground, the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak illustrates the results of weak health systems and inadequate numbers of health workers, who are often poorly supported.This is an opportune moment to reemphasize the centrality of the health workforce.We must strengthen the target for health workers in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals—which catalyzed 15 years of progress in health and development—are winding down. Attention has turned to the post-2015 agenda, including elaborating on Sustainable Development Goals, developing a Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health, and positioning universal health coverage as a key aspiration.Continue reading.Read the Summer 2015 issue of Global Health and Diplomacy.  Tags: health systemsWorld Health AssemblyAuthor: Pape Amadou GayeKate TulenkoCategory: Current EventsOpinionAbstract: Within the global health and development ecosystem, the health workforce is the keystone of sustainable development.

From Cholera to Scholarship: How a Turkana Boy Became a Nurse

When Emmanuel Etabo was in Form One (the equivalent of a freshman in high school) he came home on holiday to a Cholera outbreak in his village in Turkana County, Kenya.Two people had died and many more were sick.“I was helpless,” he says. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be a health worker.” “Everybody was running to the nearby health center for help but there weren’t enough health workers to treat them all,” Emmanuel says.Cholera, a diarrhoeal disease, acts fast. It can kill within hours if untreated. Severe cases require treatment from skilled health workers for rehydration therapy and antibiotics.“I was helpless,” he says. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be a health worker.”Known as the “cradle of mankind” due to its many archeological finds, Turkana is where life as we know it began.

Governments Must Make Financing Commitments To Promote Gender Equality Under SDGs

The Guardian: Development finance’s $83bn question: who will pay for gender equality? Chiara Capraro of Christian Aid and Kasia Staszewska of ActionAid U.K., both co-chairs of the U.K. Gender and Development Working Group on Economic Justice “…The Addis Ababa [Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD)] is of crucial importance to women. Decisions made…More

Panel Members Discuss Financing Global Health 2014 Report At CSIS Event

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Global health assistance, in growing competition with other development areas, continues to decline Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, reports on an event held this week at the Center for Strategic & International Studies discussing the recently released Financing Global Health 2014…More

UNITAID Chair Douste-Blazy Speaks About Organization’s Efforts To Fund Treatments,…

Huffington Post: How Airline Tickets and Oil Barrels Can End Extreme Poverty Katherine Keating, contributing editor of The WorldPost and executive producer of the One on One Series “…UNITAID is a global health organization that utilizes innovative financing to increase funding for international development, more specifically; greater access to treatments and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, malaria,…More

Healthcare In Danger: what happens when it all goes wrong?

This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, emergency physician and humanitarian & global health doctor, Jenny Jamieson, writes about some of the tacit dangers of delivering healthcare in low-resource settings. As healthcare workers, some of us travel to resource-limited settings to deliver care where needs are the greatest. Due to various factors, which range from economic inequality among citizens, political instability, natural disasters, conflict or warfare, many of these places are also some of the most dangerous. As a result, healthcare workers can find themselves working side-by-side to crime; and even becoming the target of directed threats or violence. Those who are willing to put themselves on the front line in order to help others, can themselves end up being actively targeted

3 Key Steps to Win Men’s Support for Family Planning

Marketing is all about understanding your customer–-their hopes and fears, expectations of your product, and more. But what happens when the customer needs the approval or money from someone else in order to access a product? In many countries, a leading reason for not using contraception is the opposition of one’s partner. That is why, even though most contraceptive methods are designed for women and girls, many PSI marketing campaigns seek to earn male partners’ social and financial support for voluntary contraceptive use by either partner.How do we do it?

Nurses Are Global Citizens and Community Heroes

Community health workers (CHWs) are the current development darlings. They are the topic of panels and publications from one continent to the next. Not only are they an off-the-books cadre of health worker available to do the least desirable work in the most remote areas, many do it for free or for simple incentives. They are reaching that last mile, where need is so great.The real life of a CHW is challenging. For example, Betty walks many miles a day from one village to the next carrying a backpack heavy with simple supplies like iron tablets, water sterilizing pills, vitamins, a thermometer, a first-aid kit, a scale, and educational materials.

Experts Stress Need For Improvements In Aid Delivery After Ebola

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ebola showed aid delivery desperately needs an overhaul “The Ebola epidemic exposed long-standing holes in aid delivery, which desperately needs an overhaul before the next international emergency hits, aid experts said on Thursday. Many of the shortcomings seen during the Haiti earthquake of slow responses and uncoordinated relief efforts were repeated during…More

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