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Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).

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Health infrastructure gaps drive Ebola crisis

The picture depicts a grim scene – a derelict room in a clinic furnished by a cot and a bucket; a blood splatter on the floor. The blood, from an Ebola patient’s gastrointestinal hemorrhage , was there for days after that patient’s death, Rob Fowler said today during an IDWeek presentation. Fowler showed the picture […](Read more…)

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A new era for the WHO health system building blocks? – Health Systems Global

Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Tim France | Health Systems Global | A health system consists of all the organizations, institutions, resources and people whose primary purpose is Read More

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Ebola To Worsen Economies Of West African Nations, Experts Fear

News outlets report on the economic damage expected to occur in West Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries “The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola…More


Selecting WHO’s Next Africa Regional Director: An Interview with Candidate Dr. Matshidiso…

In November, the World Health Organization will select its next regional director for Africa. As we wrote in a previous blog, this position is not posted publicly and has no independent mechanism in place to recommend, interview, and evaluate the best qualified candidates. We invited each candidate to use the Center’s platform to discuss his or her vision for the future of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), how he or she sees current challenges, and why he or she is best suited for the position.


Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

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The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).


WHO Releases Annual Global TB Report

World Health Organization: Global tuberculosis report 2014 The WHO released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB), which “provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional, and country levels using data reported by over 200 countries that account for…More


Health infrastructure gaps drive Ebola crisis

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The picture depicts a grim scene – a derelict room in a clinic furnished by a cot and a bucket; a blood splatter on the floor. The blood, from an Ebola patient’s gastrointestinal hemorrhage , was there for days after that patient’s death, Rob Fowler said today during an IDWeek presentation. Fowler showed the picture […](Read more…)


The progressivity of health-care financing in Kenya

Background Health-care financing should be equitable.


Devex Interviews Gavi Chief On Innovative Financing For 2016-2020

Devex: Gavi to seek more innovative financing for 2016-2020 “As the Gavi Alliance gets ready for its next replenishment conference on Jan. 27, 2015, in Berlin, the organization is already in talks with donors and partners to figure out how to get the $7.5 billion the alliance needs for 2016-2020. In a video interview with…More


Novel Financing Mechanisms Needed To Improve Access To Multidrug-Resistant TB Treatment

PLOS Medicine: Global Financing and Long-Term Technical Assistance for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Scaling Up Access to Treatment Thomas Hwang of Harvard University and the Blackstone Group, and Salmaan Keshavjee of Harvard University and Partners in Health, explore issues surrounding scaling up access to treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, including novel financing structures (9/30).


Funding Facility Established to Accelerate Progress to End Preventable Maternal and Child Death

By Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF Representatives make announcement about Global Financing Facility at UNGA. Photo from website of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper In a landmark decision, the World Bank, the United States, and governments of Canada and Norway announced at the 69th UN General Assembly their efforts to establish a new funding mechanism—the Global Financing Facility (GFF)—to support not only the acceleration needed to achieve MDG 4 and 5, but also a more long-term vision through 2030 to end preventable maternal and child deaths. Dr. Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health welcomes this fund and its strategy. “The focus on both maternal, child and reproductive health for women and girls and 2030 as a finish line is most welcome as it reflects both a life cycle approach and proves consistent with the new set of goals that the global maternal and newborn health community has proposed post-2015,” said Dr


World Bank, Partner Countries, NGOs Launch Global Financing Facility For MCH

Media sources report on the formation of a new Global Financing Facility to address maternal and child health issues. Reuters: Donors launch $4 billion health fund to cut mother and child deaths “The World Bank has announced a new global fund to invest about $4 billion in health care for mothers and children in developing…More


Aversion Behavior Exacerbates the Economic Impact of Ebola

On September 17, the World Bank issued a preliminary report on the economic impact of Ebola Viral Disease (hereafter Ebola).  (Landing page is here and report is here.)  I was one of a team of fourteen people contributing to this initial effort and the only member of the group not from the Bank.   Most of the team members are “country economists” whose job is usually to monitor the macroeconomic situation in their assigned countries and to routinely feed these assessments to the rest of the Bank for designing or evaluating projects and programs.  Although I thought I knew the Bank pretty well from my 20 years in its Development Economics Research Group (1986-2006), I gained a new appreciation of the skills of the country economists as I watched them gather and assemble tidbits of relevant data about how Ebola is affecting the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.


Making a Home for Hospitals in Global Health: The Global Hospitals Collaborative

I’ve lived a mostly healthy and illness-free life. Still, hospitals are at the center of many of my most important life experiences. I was born in a hospital (New York Hospital in Manhattan, where my mother also worked as a psychiatric resident)


Innovative Financing Puts Oil Revenues Toward Child Nutrition In Congo

Reuters: Interview: U.N. entrepreneur taps African oil for child health “Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues towards childhood nutrition, a victory for ‘innovative financing’ to help the world’s poorest, [UNITAID] creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview…” (Miles, 9/19).


U.N. Special Envoy Chambers Interviews U.N. Ebola Coordinator Nabarro

Huffington Post: In Conversation: David Nabarro, the Man on the Front Line of the Ebola Crisis Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing and for malaria, interviews David Nabarro, senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola virus disease, about the challenges of addressing Ebola and the outlook for funding the response (9/16).


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