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January WHO Bulletin

This month’s bulletin features articles about the following: • The Ebola epidemic:   – a turning point for global health   – relects the global health workforce crisis   – vaccine Read More

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: NGO Engagement in U.S. Global Health Efforts

Executive Summary:  Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are key partners in U.S. global health efforts. Indeed, a significant share of U.S. government funding for global health is Read More


Congress adds $300 million to PEPFAR for FY15

The world’s largest humanitarian and health program dedicated to defeating a single disease will have more to work with in the coming year, with a Congressional spending bill released Tuesday that increases, or maintains from last year’s allocations almost all areas of global health spending for fiscal year 2015. The bill includes a $300 million […](Read more…)


Segregated, Single-Issue Health Targets Hold Back Progress On MNCH

Devex: The specter of segregation haunts global health Patrick Fine, chief executive officer of FHI 360, and Leith Greenslade, vice chair in the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the health Millennium Development Goals and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance “…Could [the MDG targets for infant and maternal mortality]…More

Technical Working Group To Discuss Sustainable NCD Financing Models

Devex: Finding novel, sustainable ways to finance NCDs “…[A] group of technical experts … for the first time are meeting Feb. 23-24 in Geneva to discuss which of the different financing models that currently exist could fund the prevention, control, and treatment of NCDs — or if a new one is needed. These experts form…More

Innovation, Integrated Interventions Needed To Tackle NTDs

Devex: What not to neglect in tackling NTDs “…[Dirk Engels, head of WHO’s NTD department,] suggested turning to innovative financing streams such as development impact bonds or performance-based financing. … But he cautioned against limiting innovation to mobilizing resources. Further, the global health community shouldn’t fixate on targeting diseases individually, and instead focus on integrated…More

Blog Post Discusses Recent WHO Decisions Potentially Affecting Global Health R&D

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: WHO Executive Board agrees on set-up of pooled fund for global health R&D “In this guest post, Alexandra Heumber — head of policy affairs at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative — discusses actions taken during the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board meeting which could impact financing for the…More

Myanmar, World Bank Sign Agreement To Improve Access To MNCH Care

World Bank: Helping Myanmar Advance towards Universal Health Coverage: Maternal and Child Healthcare to Expand with New World Bank Financing “The Government of Myanmar today signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn, and child health care to millions of mothers and their young children. The Essential Health Services Access…More

Innovative Finance Mechanisms Critical To Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Huffington Post: An Invisible Way to End Poverty Philippe Douste-Blazy, under-secretary general of the United Nations and chair of UNITAID “…There has never been a greater need for innovative financing mechanisms to meet the scale of developmental disparities and human suffering. The international community today agrees that these new forms of financing are becoming essential…More

Global health and development take center stage at World Economic Forum

A few reflections on the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and the Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance’s pledging conference in Berlin from PATH’s president and CEO Steve Davis. Through my roles at PATH and previous organizations, I have been … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovative health sector financing: the Vaccine Independence InitiativeWalking together: Steve Davis reflects on 15 years of Gavi partnershipInitiative Countdown 2030: early insights from our call for innovations ;

Innovative health sector financing: the Vaccine Independence Initiative

This week the UNICEF Board is considering expanding the Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII). This financing mechanism was launched almost 25 years ago in 1991 to decouple the procurement of vaccines from the payment for these vaccines by countries out of … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWalking together: Steve Davis reflects on 15 years of Gavi partnershipFriday Think: using sensors to tackle DeflateGateDenise Lionetti: champion for a well-rounded diet of nutrition and health ;

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance On Track To Raise Funding Target Of $7.5B; U.S. To Commit $1B…

Bloomberg News: GAVI Close to Reaching $7.5 Billion Vaccines Fund Target “The Gavi Alliance, the world’s biggest funder of vaccines for developing countries, has reached more than 75 percent of its target of raising $7.5 billion from donors for financing its activities from 2016 to 2020…” (Kitamura/Bennett, 1/26). Devex: U.S. to commit $1B to Gavi…More

Patently unfair: On the need for more equitable drug pricing

For this Humanosphere podcast, we are talking to James (aka Jamie) Love, director of an organization that works for social justice and equity in the realm of intellectual property – patents, copyrights and those sorts of things. The organization Love runs, based in DC, has the somewhat inscrutable name of Knowledge Ecology International and it has

Creating Separate Entity Under WHO To Address Health Emergencies ‘Ought To Be Taken…

The Lancet: Offline: Solving WHO’s “persisting weaknesses” (part 2) Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “…What if we accepted that financing arrangements for WHO hampered its ability to fulfill this core mandate? Perhaps one option would be to create a fully and independently funded body, still under the leadership of WHO but separated financially and…More

The administrative costs of community-based health insurance: a case study of the community…

Community-based health insurance expansion has been proposed as a financing solution for the sizable informal sector in low-income settings.

Cost-effectiveness analysis of a voucher scheme combined with obstetrical quality improvements:…

The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Uganda has declined significantly during the last 20 years, but Uganda is not on track to reach the millennium development goal of reducing MMR by 75% by 2015.

January WHO Bulletin

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This month’s bulletin features articles about the following: • The Ebola epidemic:   – a turning point for global health   – relects the global health workforce crisis   – vaccine Read More

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