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Dear Colleagues, We’ll keep it short in this week’s intro as we assume all of you are gearing up for the (well deserved) holiday period. In case you’re interested in my Christmas wishes, aimed primarily (but not solely) at young global health voices, see here. Now that the EV 2013 venture (which was organized in the run-up to ICASA) is over, I would like to remind all of you of the upcoming EV 2014 venture which will again take place in Cape town, in September next year, but this time linked to the (third) Global Health Systems research symposium. You find the call here.
Maryam Bigdeli (Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research) (…but views expressed here are my own!) Many readers of this now popular and much expected blog participated to the gigantic Second Global HSR Symposium in Beijing -including the noisy and refreshing yet very serious and professional Emerging Voices- so you know that we spent a lot of time there talking about UHC. Many of us are already preparing for the upcoming Third Symposium in Cape Town, where we will talk about the “Science and practice of people-centered health systems”. In preparing your abstracts for the organized sessions and the individual submissions, I am sure many of you, just like me, have to constantly be reminded that this upcoming conference is NOT about UHC AGAIN. And you, just like me, go back to your 300-words text and wonder how you can manage to insert as much “people” or “centered” (or preferably both) as you can in there without altering the word count. Well, I have good news for you
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
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
VOA News reports on how the World Bank is working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help countries implement results-based financing health care programs, which “provid[e] incentives to direct medical care to patients or get the patient to the clinic.” According to the news agency, “Since 2007, the World Bank…More
This is a joint post with Amanda Glassman. Yesterday the World Bank and the Global Fund announced a stronger partnership for health centered around an innovative aid mechanism, results-based financing (RBF). This partnership is precisely what our CGD report More Health for the Money recommended (see the chapter on designing contracts).
Dear colleagues, This week many of us were in Cape Town, to assist the Emerging Voices 2013 in making an impact on the 17th ICASA conference. They presented, tweeted (if the rather unreliable internet connection allowed it at the conference and in our hotel) and blogged, while networking their way through the conference. This IHP issue will have a special EV section on ICASA, with a number of blogs by EVs, and also the guest editorial of the week comes from an EV 2013. If you go through them, you’ll get a fairly good overview of the conference, the highlights, the gaps, key messages, etc. Check out also the hashtag of the conference, #icasa2013 and the Emerging Voices hashtag, #ev4gh.
“Governments in poor countries will increasingly see a portion of the aid they receive based on the proven outcome of donor-funded health projects, under a drive for improved accountability coordinated by the World Bank,” the Financial Times reports. “Norway, the U.K. and other industrialized countries met in Oslo on Wednesday to discuss doubling an existing…More
Despite “enormous gains made over the past decade to curb three devastating diseases: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … there is still a big gap between what’s been accomplished and what more could be done with sufficient financing,” a New York Times editorial states. The editorial summarizes progress against the diseases, but notes more could be…More
Value for money was at the top of our agenda this year, so I was pleased to see the topic also top the list of CGD’s most popular Global Health Policy blogs in 2013. The rest of this year’s list is a mixed bag, reflecting a number of debates that will likely stick around in 2014 (data for development, universal health coverage, and the state of global health financing, to name a few). Check out the full list below, and leave a comment to tell us what you’d like to see more (or less) of in 2014.