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We need to incentivize antibiotic R&D better

Lena Theunissen holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Dresden. Currently, she studies medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She is an Read More

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“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

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Aid spending on conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security

Key facts Funding to conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security (CPS) remains a small proportion of overall official development assistance (ODA). ODA CPS has increased by 67% since 2005, reaching a peak of US$3.9 billion in 2009. The largest CPS ODA donor in 2014 was European Union (EU) institutions. Afghanistan received the most CPS ODA by country in 2014. The majority of CPS ODA goes to peacebuilding activities.

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Production, Fair Pricing Of Medicines Critical To Achieving Universal Access To Quality Health…

Huffington Post: A Comprehensive And Fair Solution To The Price Of Medicines Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general at the WHO “…[T]he price-setting mechanisms for commodities that are inextricably linked to people’s health and survival must be made more transparent so that we can, as a global community, devise effective solutions. To that end, the World…More


World Bank To Provide Additional $150M To Bangladesh To Improve Health Sector

Reuters: Bangladesh gets $150 million from World Bank for health “The World Bank said on Sunday it has approved $150 million in additional financing to help improve Bangladesh’s health systems and services, bringing its total support for health projects in the country to $508.9 million. The support will help the government address health sector challenges,…More


Brexit: what might it mean for global health?

This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, Rhea Saksena talks all things Brexit – and what it might mean for local and global health. This week, the United Kingdom (UK) has made the unprecedented move of leaving the European Union (EU), an economic and political union of 28 member countries. After a close result, the Leave campaign won the referendum with 52% of the votes compared to 48% for the Remain campaign, with a 72.2% voter turnout. As the country now grapples to come to terms with the consequences of this election, this rejection of EU membership threatens to have a great impact on the health of people both within the UK as well as internationally. Immigration and Healthcare UK health system financing is provided through central taxation to the National Health Service (NHS)


Targeting the poorest in a performance-based financing programme in northern Cameroon

Performance-Based Financing (PBF) is a promising approach to improve health system performance in developing countries, but there are concerns that it may inadequately address inequalities in access to care.


Development Initiatives welcomes report of UN Secretary-General on the role of development…

This week saw the launch of the 2016 report of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on development cooperation, entitled ‘Trends and progress in international development cooperation’. It was submitted for consideration by the fifth Biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum in New York, which takes place this July. The report analyses current issues, challenges and opportunities on development cooperation, and provides actionable recommendations for governments and other stakeholders. Topics covered include financial trends within official development assistance and other forms of development cooperation – including South–South and triangular cooperation. It explores substantive issues such as the role of official development assistance within the 2030 Agenda, policy coherence, capacity building and technology transfer


World Bank President Jim Kim Speaks With PBS NewsHour About Pandemic Financing Facility,…

PBS NewsHour: World Bank creates new fund to enable faster disaster response “…[T]he [World Bank] is creating a fast-disbursing fund to provide assistance during pandemics. Hari Sreenivasan spoke recently with the bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim, about that and other humanitarian crises…” (Woodruff, 6/9).


Insurance Financing Increased For Mental Health Conditions But Not For Substance Use Disorders,…

This study updates previous estimates of US spending on mental health and substance use disorders through 2014.


Public-private investment to close the infrastructure gap

In a world of slow growth and very low interest rates in most major economies, there is increasing interest in infrastructure development. Building quality infrastructure helps spur economic activity and jobs in the short term and expand countries’ capacity and potential growth in the medium term. It also contributes to higher confidence levels — a key ingredient to macroeconomic stability. Today, the private sector still provides only a small share of the total investment in infrastructure for emerging markets, despite the importance of private operators in many countries, especially where there are strong fiscal constraints to financing public investment.


Cancer Drugs Cost Less In Poorer Nations But Not More Affordable, Study Shows

Associated Press: Study: Cancer drugs less affordable in poor nations than U.S. “Cancer drugs predictably cost much more in the U.S. than in poor countries and even other wealthy nations, but a study shows they are less affordable in some developing countries despite the lower price. Relative to their ability to pay, cancer patients in…More


At CSIS Event, World Bank President Jim Kim Discusses New Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: From HIV to Ebola to Zika, Dr. Jim Kim of World Bank makes a case for pandemic insurance Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) during which World Bank President Jim Kim highlighted…More


Shifting U.S. Military Spending To Development, Implementing Tax On ‘Global Rich’ Could…

Project Syndicate: Financing Health and Education for All Jeffrey D. Sachs, professor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and director of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network “…[M]assive suffering could be ended with a modest amount of global funding. … [A] shift in focus from war to development [funding] would greatly bolster…More


WHO’s Reforms, Future Leader Should Address Fundraising, Improving Epidemic Responses

Foreign Policy: WHO’s Fairy Dust Financing Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…[I]t will take a lot more than minor reorganization and promises of cash to bring the World Health Organization (WHO) and its 194 member nations up to readiness status for … future epidemics. That kind of…More


We need to incentivize antibiotic R&D better

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Lena Theunissen holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Dresden. Currently, she studies medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She is an Read More


Implementation and Operational Research: Evaluation of a Public-Sector, Provider-Initiated…

Background: Screening for serum cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) may identify those at risk for disseminated cryptococcal disease (DCD), and preemptive fluconazole treatment may prevent progression to DCD.


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