Decentralization and Governance of Universal Health Coverage

Decentralization is frequently recommended as a governance remedy for a wide variety of ills, for example: a means to deepen democratic governance and citizen empowerment, Read More

Jailcare: An Interview with Carolyn Sufrin

“My worst day in jail is better than my best day on the street.” -Kima, a San Francisco woman quoted in Jailcare I recently read Read More

How do political considerations shape Universal Health Coverage?

How many times have you heard that there is a consensus on universal health coverage (UHC)?  How often have you been told that the global Read More


Preemptively Treating Children For Malaria Works To Save Lives In West Africa, Researchers…

Nature: Resurrected malaria strategy saves thousands of lives in Africa “In a sea of high-tech malaria fixes — everything from drug-delivery by drone to gene-edited mosquitoes — an old-fashioned approach is saving thousands of children in West Africa, according to studies presented [last] week at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) meeting…More

Increasing Availability Of Essential Medicines Critical To Global Health Security

Project Syndicate: How to Boost Access to Essential Medicines Justus Haucap, professor of economics at Heinrich-Heine University “…[L]ow- and middle-income countries … need help improving drug delivery and managing chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, which impose an immense burden on their economies. … Unfortunately, the WHO’s leadership, like much of the West, ……More

Legal but limited? Abortion service availability and readiness assessment in Nepal

AbstractThe government of Nepal revised its law in 2002 to allow women to terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks gestation for any indication on request, and up to 18 weeks if certain conditions are met.

Assessing the contraceptive supply environment in Kinshasa, DRC: trend data from PMA2020

AbstractPerformance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) is a population-based and facility-based survey program conducted in 11 countries to track contraceptive use dynamics and the supply environment.

Improved Service Delivery, Differentiated Care, Prevention Efforts Critical To Achieving Global…

PLOS Medicine: Reaching global HIV/AIDS goals: What got us here, won’t get us there Wafaa M. El-Sadr, director of ICAP at Columbia University and director of the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health; Katherine Harripersaud, senior project officer at ICAP; and Miriam Rabkin, associate professor at the Mailman School of Public…More

Global Health ‘Inextricably Linked’ To Individual, National, International Security

Devex: Opinion: The intersection between global health and security Eric Goosby, professor of medicine and director of global health delivery and diplomacy at the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco “…Over the past decade, countries, and the global health community at large, have begun to embrace the intersection of…More

Exploring the Debate Smorgasbord at ECTMIH2017

Having previously never attended a tropical medicine conference, I was equal parts excited and apprehensive about ECTMIH. I wondered if I would find anything to suit my non-clinical, non-biomedical interests, and yes, I admit I was being a bit finicky, seeing as the congress was supposed to be focusing on tropical Medicine. Anyway, it turns out my fears were unfounded as I found a variety of sessions that appealed to me. I immediately picked out the debates, because as an avid ex-debater myself, and someone who studied in the post-colonial school system of Nigeria (modelled after the British system), I always look forward to the fiery exchange of views that takes place in these sessions.

Turn left, then right: political changes in Latin America and their impact on health systems

As you might have noticed, Latin America is going through a period of important political changes and turmoil. As the political pendulum is swinging back, more and more conservative (or downright neoliberal) governments are replacing the democratic, progressive ones that were prevailing in previous years. These changes have a number of causes, among others the fact that many voters have perhaps grown a bit tired of these progressive governments after some years in power (as is the case in all democracies with incumbents), the lack of effectiveness of their administration, as well as a perception of (too much) political patronage, bureaucracy and corruption. Importantly, however, a structured strategy from right-wing politicians and parties to remove progressive governments from power (and ditch their policies) also played a key role, via so-called parliamentary coups d’état, ultimately ‘soft’ versions of the ones that have taken place in previous decades in the region. This strategy has been put into action since June 2009, when the Honduran Congress resolved the destitution of President Manuel Zelaya, considering that his government’s actions were violating the Constitution and the judiciary order of the Central American country.

Better Data Collection, Analysis Of Aid Can Help Evaluate Efficiencies, Fill Gaps

Nature: Data science can improve aid distribution Editorial Board “…The rush to provide food, shelter, and health care can be as chaotic as the disaster itself. Hundreds of millions of dollars flood into the world’s largest agencies and non-governmental organizations, which often sub-contract delivery to dozens of smaller groups. In such a system, the best…More

Government Of Bangladesh Should Facilitate Humanitarian Aid Delivery For Rohingya Refugees

Médecins Sans Frontières: Bangladesh: Opinion — Rohingya refugees “People are in survival mode” MSF International President Joanne Liu describes a recent visit to Bangladesh in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis and calls for Bangladesh to continue to keep its borders open to these refugees and for the international community to lend additional support.…More

The effect of a performance-based financing program on HIV and maternal/child health services…

AbstractPerformance-based financing (PBF) is a mechanism by which health providers are paid on the basis of outputs or results delivered.

A new use for an old tool: maternity waiting homes to improve equity in rural childbirth care….

AbstractLimited quality of childbirth care in sub-Saharan Africa primarily affects the poor.

What does quality maternity care mean in a context of medical pluralism? Perspectives of women…

AbstractUser priorities regarding quality care in contexts of medical pluralism are poorly documented.

Devex Reports Congress Intends To Hold Hearing About Troubled Global Health Supply Chain…

Devex: Exclusive: Congress to question USAID over $9.5 billion health project ‘fiasco’ “A U.S. congress member intends to hold a hearing to raise concerns about the U.S. Agency for International Development’s largest-ever contract — a $9.5 billion program implemented by Chemonics International, which coordinates the procurement and delivery of lifesaving health products in more than…More

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