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

The God of empty spaces: Thoughts on religion and civil society in neoliberal Guatemala

The other day I visited Lydia, a 56-year-old Maya woman who lives with her family in the highlands of Guatemala and has for many years Read More


IHME’s Joseph Dieleman Discusses Lancet Studies On History, Future Of Global Health Financing

NPR: What Country Spends The Most (And Least) On Health Care Per Person? “The United States spends the most on health care per person — $9,237 — according to two new papers published in the journal The Lancet. Somalia spends the least — just $33 per person. The data covering 184 countries was collected and…More

India’s Government Blocks Public Health Foundation From Receiving Foreign Funds, Including…

New York Times: India’s Ban on Foreign Money for Health Group Hits Gates Foundation “The Indian government has blocked one of the country’s largest nonprofit public health organizations from accepting money from foreign donors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The cancellation of the [Public Health Foundation of India’s] license to accept international financing…More

World Bank’s Global Financing Facility Offers ‘Different Way Of Investing In Health,…

The Lancet: The Global Financing Facility — towards a new way of financing for development Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Women Every Child at the World Bank “…To respond to the tide of global change and prepare for the new development era, the U.N., in partnership with the World Bank…More

IHME Releases Reports On Global Health Financing, Path To Universal Health Coverage

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: Financing Global Health 2016: Development assistance, public, and private health spending for the pursuit of universal health coverage “Financing Global Health 2016 is the eighth edition of IHME’s annual series on global health spending and health financing. In addition to describing the trends in development assistance for health (DAH),…More

2 Studies Published In The Lancet Examine History, Future Of Global Health Financing

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: Widely disparate spending on health forecast through 2040 “Spending on health care by nations is expected to increase significantly over the next two decades, but the rates of increase and sources of spending will differ widely, according to a new analysis. If current trends continue, overall expenditures will increase…More

At PAHO, Brazil Health Minister Discusses Country’s Health System Challenges

PAHO: Brazil’s Health Minister Outlines Health Challenges in PAHO Visit “The main challenges for Brazil’s health system include improving its management, financing, transparency, and efficiency, according to Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros, who visited the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) [Monday]. In a presentation with PAHO Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne to PAHO staff, Barros…More

World ‘Really Not Ready’ For Pandemic Outbreak Response, World Bank President Kim Says

Devex: Pandemic response a cycle of ‘panic and neglect,’ says World Bank president “‘We are really not ready’ for another pandemic outbreak on the scale of the 2014 Ebola crisis, World Bank President Jim Kim has said, adding that international support for the bank’s new pandemic financing facility has collapsed to just two donors. Speaking…More

Connecting Pension Funds with Emerging Market Infrastructure

It might sound improbable to hear a CFO say this, but I consider one of my roles since joining the World Bank Group to be that of matchmaker. Let me explain. As I have noted in other blogs over recent months, the world’s emerging market and developing economies—EMDEs for short—face an enormous gap in infrastructure investment. Certainly it is not the only big financing challenge that countries face as they work to reduce poverty and extend prosperity to more of their citizens. But infrastructure underpins many aspects of economic growth, getting people to jobs and schools, connecting goods to markets, reducing the isolation of the poorest areas in many countries

Strategies seek to forge the missing link between patients and diagnoses

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingIt’s one of weakest links in the health systems where limited resources and long distances separate sick people from the laboratories that could diagnose their ills: For want of a simple affordable system to get patient specimens from one place to another, infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts go undetected, untreated, and uncontrolled. It is a […](Read more…)

Can you help some firms without hurting others? Yes, in a new Kenyan business training…

There are a multitude of government programs that directly try to help particular firms to grow. Business training is one of the most common forms of such support. A key concern when thinking about the impacts of such programs is whether any gains to participating firms come at the expense of their market competitors. E.g. perhaps you train some businesses to market their products slightly better, causing customers to abandon their competitors and simply reallocate which businesses sell the product

Stop Funding Data for Superman Systems!

The data revolution is well upon us, with the total data produced doubling every two years. Organizations are processing of an over-abundance of data using a variety of collection and statistical interpretation approaches and machine learning algorithms to bring transformative insights to a range of industries. From self-driving cars, precision agriculture, and personalized marketing to proving early warning signals for global conflict, new innovations dependent on data have the power to fundamentally reshape society. This has led to a gold rush in companies finding ways to monetize the opportunity. In line with this, a wave of innovation in applying methods for local data collection in emerging and frontier markets is unfolding daily.

Weekly links March 3: financial literacy done right, e-voting, private vs public schooling, and…

IPA has a nice brief on financial literacy training, discussing the problems of traditional training courses and more promising new approaches Devex summarizes the public vs private school debate held at the World Bank last week. Jeff Bloem on the cardinal treatment of ordinal variables – and implications for happiness research. Duncan Green on how introducing electronic voting in Brazil saved lives and increased health spending Noah Smith on why it is time to move past the structural vs reduced form econometrics debates Job opportunities: DIME is recruiting several RAs

African Policymakers Urge New Investments In TB Diagnostics, Treatments, Prevention

Xinhua News: African policymakers renew call for investments in TB control “Countries in sub-Saharan Africa should prioritize new investments in diagnostic equipment, case management, and public awareness to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB), policymakers said Tuesday. They told a forum in Nairobi that innovative financing options were an imperative in order to revitalize the…More

Incentives to change: effects of performance-based financing on health workers in Zambia

Performance-based financing (PBF) has been implemented in a number of countries with the aim of transforming health systems and improving maternal and child health.

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