Dismantling gains in global health?

As the Third International Conference on Financing for Development begins in Ethiopia, Áine Markham of Médecins Sans Frontières warns that basing funding decisions on country-level finance indicators could be a step backwards for global health, especially in middle-income countries.  This month signals a critical … Continue reading » The post Dismantling gains in global health? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Map of the Day: A new future for the World Bank

The World Bank’s influence is waning. Some point to the emerging Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as evidence of the body’s declining power, but it is the World Bank’s own projections that illustrate the change. Thirty-six countries will graduate from World Bank loans over the next four years (see the above gif). The World Bank maintains

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Aid to poor countries fell, shows report

By the amount spent, overall development assistance increased in 2014. But in real terms it fell by 0.5 percent and less of that money went to the world’s least-developed countries than the year prior, shows the data released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this week. With development assistance making up more than two-thirds of


Extend HIV treatment to all, WHO to recommend

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Stopping Asia’s Hepatitis Epidemic Requires More Urgent Resources, Political Will, Financing

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Government Action Key To Sustaining Nutrition Promotion Efforts In Africa

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Improving Health Systems In Fragile States Necessary To End Preventable Maternal, Child Deaths

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International Community Must Make Better Case For Global Health Investment

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Political Leadership, Full Financing Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

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FFD3 Conference Provides 3 Key Messages For U.S. Congress

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UNITAID Chair Discusses Innovative Financing In Forbes Interview

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Health Financing Must Be Used Efficiently, Services Integrated To Improve Lives Of Most…

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Analysis of context factors in compulsory and incentive strategies for improving attraction and…

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Some Aid Agencies Praise FFD3 Outcomes, While Others Lament Lack Of New Aid Pledges

Reuters: Did the U.N. financing for development conference deliver? “A major United Nations summit to finance ambitious global development goals, from giving free education to all to dealing with climate change, fell short of developing countries’ expectations with few aid pledges. But a strong focus on tax reforms, the universal right to free basic services…More

Equity in health personnel financing after Universal Coverage: evidence from Thai Ministry of…

Background: Shortage and maldistribution of the health workforce is a major problem in the Thai health system.

FFD3 Conference Wraps Up With Mixed Reviews On Final Action Agenda

News outlets discuss the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the final outcome document of the Third International Financing for Development conference (FFD3) that concluded this week in Ethiopia. Devex: Addis #FFD3: A taxing week “Now that the dust has begun to settle and most delegates are on their way home … we’re left with the question:…More

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