Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

How to take morphine in rural Guatemala

Rosa is a 59-year-old woman dying1 of a broken heart: in her heart is a hole that surgeons cannot fix, and the irregular flow of Read More

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: An Argument For Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Every year, the Guttmacher Institute provides data on pregnancy incidence by intention status and outcome worldwide. In 2012, out of the 213 million pregnancies that Read More


UNICEF’s Vaccine Independence Initiative Has Potential To Ensure All Children Have Access To…

HuffPost: An added boost to help countries ensure more children receive life-saving vaccines Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[UNICEF’s Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII)] is a key element in UNICEF’s supply financing portfolio. It provides technical support to governments and short-term bridge financing to help countries procure vaccines…More

Global Fund, Asian Development Bank Sign MoU To Help Countries Strengthen Health Systems In…

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund, ADB Sign MOU to Help Countries in Asia Strengthen Health Systems to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria “The Global Fund and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the financing, design, and implementation of country-led programs to fight HIV,…More

USAID Administrator Green Discusses Agency’s Use Of Non-Traditional Financing Mechanisms In…

Devex: Q&A: Mark Green on why he’ll champion innovative finance at USAID “A new development impact bond aims to save the lives of as many as 10,000 mothers and newborns in India over five years. But when United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced the DIB at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in…More

FT Health Discusses Global Health Financing, Features Interview With WHO Malaria Program Head

FT Health: Nation states must do more to fund fight against disease The latest issue of the Financial Times’ weekly global health newsletter highlights the risks of developing nations relying too heavily on foreign financing for global health activities and features an interview with Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO malaria program, who discusses findings…More

Opinion Pieces Discuss World Toilet Day, Importance Of Sanitation As Development Goal

HuffPost: The toilet economy Carl Manlan, economist, chief operating officer at the Ecobank Foundation, and a 2016 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute “…[W]e need to integrate and find solutions to increasing awareness and toilet usage, decreasing cost through innovative financing and addressing poor levels of service of public utilities, and resolving issues about…More

Paper Examines How ‘Crisis Modifiers’ Could Make Development Aid System More Flexible

Overseas Development Institute: Crisis modifiers: a solution for a more flexible development-humanitarian system? In this paper, Katie Peters, senior research fellow, and Florence Pichon, research officer, both at ODI, discuss how new innovative risk financing options could help make the development aid system more flexible. They write, “This paper showcases evidence from the use of…More

Mozambique, Donor Partners Work With GFF To Create Investment Case For Health, Move Toward…

Devex: Opinion: With the Global Financing Facility, Mozambique is taking a fresh approach to health Nazira Karimo Vali Abdula, minister of health of the Republic of Mozambique; Mark Lundell, World Bank country director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, and Seychelles; and Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility “…In 2016, after Mozambique became one…More

The WHO Global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay: Towards an integral response to the…

On behalf of the Latin American Network for Multidisciplinary Research on Chronic Diseases A 46-year-old woman affected by a heart attack in Zimbabwe, a (male) heavy smoker aged 68 and recently diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia, a 52-year-old Indonesian man with neurological stroke sequelae due to long-term undiagnosed hypertension, …  All of them share underlying determinants and face the consequences of a rising global epidemic: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as they are commonly labelled. These “socially transmitted conditions”—as some (other) people would prefer to call them—are  estimated to account for 63% of global mortality nowadays. It is predicted that they will account for around 70% of global deaths by 2030, if business continues as usual. Even more importantly, NCDs are also significantly related to preventable premature mortality and disability. Each year, 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 die from an NCD.

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.

U.S.-Based Anti-Abortion Groups Funding Efforts To Obstruct Access To Services, Counter…

The Guardian: U.S. groups pour millions into anti-abortion campaign in Latin America and Caribbean “U.S. anti-choice groups are coordinating and financing a campaign to restrict access to abortion across Latin America and the Caribbean. A Guardian investigation has found that organizations have poured millions of dollars into the region, which has some of the most…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.

Little Global Progress On Cataracts, Leading Cause Of Blindness, Report Shows; Innovative…

Devex: Progress on ending leading cause of blindness at near standstill, report says “The past 30 years have seen little to no reduction in the leading cause of blindness among people aged 50 and over in developing regions, data published Thursday in The Lancet reveals. The research, conducted by the Vision Loss Expert Group, shows…More

Advocates Seek 3rd U.N. High-Level Meeting On NCDs To Create New Financing Mechanisms; WHO…

Devex: Advocates seek noncommunicable disease funding mechanisms “Advocates are pushing for the third U.N. high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases next September to create new financing mechanisms, experts have told Devex. At a media briefing in Mexico City last week, experts from the NCD Alliance expressed concern with the lack of progress on tackling NCDs, which…More

Closing Global Health Funding Gap Requires Innovative, Private Financing, Increased Domestic…

The Lancet Global Health: Getting serious about financing the end of epidemics Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the global health financing gap and efforts needed to close this gap, writing, “Policymakers and global health advocates should take this up with urgency and be willing to…More

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