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Rwanda Program Provides Lessons On Providing Cancer Care To Poor

Nature Reviews Cancer: Bringing cancer care to the poor: experiences from Rwanda Rwanda Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho, Lawrence Shulman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and Partners in Health “…[T]he scientific yields of recent decades that have dramatically advanced oncology therapies and saved innumerable…More

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Fragile states and global health

In this video, Dr. Greg Martin talks about Fragile States and Health. Dr. Martin is Editor of Globalization and Health Journal, an open access, peer-reviewed, Read More

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Ebola Response Must Address Health Systems Stregthening

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, presents a letter from Gyude Moore, a former Scott Fellow at CGD and current deputy chief of staff to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson…More

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Selecting WHO’s Next Africa Regional Director: An Interview with Candidate Dr. Matshidiso…

In November, the World Health Organization will select its next regional director for Africa. As we wrote in a previous blog, this position is not posted publicly and has no independent mechanism in place to recommend, interview, and evaluate the best qualified candidates. We invited each candidate to use the Center’s platform to discuss his or her vision for the future of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), how he or she sees current challenges, and why he or she is best suited for the position.


Rwanda Program Provides Lessons On Providing Cancer Care To Poor

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Nature Reviews Cancer: Bringing cancer care to the poor: experiences from Rwanda Rwanda Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho, Lawrence Shulman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and Partners in Health “…[T]he scientific yields of recent decades that have dramatically advanced oncology therapies and saved innumerable…More


When HIV and Gender-Based Violence Intersect, Women Suffer in Silence

In Mara region, Tanzania, Kabula (not her real name) was the youngest of three wives.Eventually one of her husband’s other wives got sick with symptoms that Kabula related to HIV. Because this man barred his sick wife from seeking medical attention, her condition worsened and finally she died.Concerned about her own health, Kabula defiantly and secretly sought a test at the HIV care and treatment center at Shirati hospital. She was HIV-positive.At home her husband beat her and confiscated a treatment monitoring card she was given at the hospital.This is a typical path for survivors of spousal abuse in Mara, Tanzania, where some men traditionally consider their spouses and children to be pieces of property that must be bent to their whims. As a result, gender-based violence is high in Mara region.But only 20 out of its 500 health facilities can provide appropriate clinical services to survivors.78% of health workers would not know what roles and tasks to carry out if a survivor sought their assistance.


Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

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The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).


Fragile states and global health

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In this video, Dr. Greg Martin talks about Fragile States and Health. Dr. Martin is Editor of Globalization and Health Journal, an open access, peer-reviewed, Read More


Ebola Response Must Address Health Systems Stregthening

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Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, presents a letter from Gyude Moore, a former Scott Fellow at CGD and current deputy chief of staff to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson…More


Understanding Health Workforce Productivity at the Facility Level: A New eLearning Course

People drive health systems. In the words of Vujicic and colleagues, health workers are “gatekeepers and navigators for the effective or wasteful application of all other resources.”The global health community recognizes that there is “no health without a workforce.” Efforts have been made to train, deploy, and retain more health workers in areas where they are most needed. But beyond this, we need those health workers that are already at their jobs to be productive.What does this mean? Well, imagine that you are a district health manager.One clinic within your district is a busy facility in an ever-expanding provincial capital, situated in a bustling neighborhood near several private clinics and shops. The staff complained that they were overwhelmed and could not keep up


Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance

Like others, we’ve written lots about Ebola over the past weeks: the insufficient funding and effort to the response in West Africa, the importance of well-qualified leadership at WHO, the role of health systems in disease response, the futility of travel bans, among others.  It’s rare that global health issues are so continuously in the public debate. Yet Ebola has also led to heroic overstatement as well


Men and Boys Come Out in Droves for HIV Services in Tanzania

As a senior program manager for IntraHealth International’s Tanzania HIV Prevention Project, I have witnessed male circumcision outreach activities during many visits to Tanzania. Nevertheless, it’s always thrilling to see young men turn out in droves for circumcision services, which they invariably do in northern Tanzania.We’re not sure why the demand is so high there. It’s not part of the local cultural traditions. But we do know that getting circumcised has become the “in” thing to do for young men in the region. If you’re not circumcised, you are not part of the “in” group.


Role Of New U.S. Ebola Coordinator Remains Unclear, News Sources Report

News outlets examine the role of the new U.S. Ebola coordinator. Devex: Obama’s new Ebola czar — and what it means for U.S. aid work on the ground “…With a background in law and politics, [Ron] Klain will manage the U.S.


WHO Releases Annual Global TB Report

World Health Organization: Global tuberculosis report 2014 The WHO released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB), which “provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional, and country levels using data reported by over 200 countries that account for…More


Six Reasons an Ebola Travel Ban Makes Us No Safer — and No Sense

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Momentum seems to be building on Capitol Hill for some kind of West African travel ban as an anti-Ebola measure. It sounds like a simple solution. But here’s why a travel ban is pointless—or could even make us less safe.   Zero direct flights. There are no direct flights between the US and the three affected countries.


Thomas Frieden And The U.S. Ebola Response

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Most remarkable, within a month the controversy surrounding the threat of Ebola to Americans had mushroomed into a political emergency for the Obama presidency itself, only a few tense weeks before the November 4 elections. Calls escalated for the appointment of an Ebola czar and a travel ban on persons originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the root sources of the Ebola emergency. A special measure of criticism was reserved for the Obama administration’s lead face in the U.S. response, Dr.


What global health can learn from Starbucks, Trident Seafoods and Microsoft

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What can supply chain experts from Starbucks, Microsoft and Trident Seafood share with public health practitioners at the Gates Foundation? Quite a lot, as it turns Read More


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