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


CGD Podcast Discusses Future Of Family Planning Funding, Strategic Resource Allocation

Center for Global Development’s “CGD Podcast”: The Future of Family Planning — Podcast with Rachel Silverman In this podcast, Rajesh Mirchandani, vice president of communications and policy outreach at CGD, speaks with Rachel Silverman, CGD’s assistant director of global health policy, about the future of financing international family planning efforts (7/19).

Municipal health services provision by local governments: a systematic review of experiences in…

Abstract‘Four’ types of decentralization are distinguished in health care: deconcentration when the shift in authority is to regional or district offices; devolution when the shift is to state, provincial or municipal governments; delegation when semi-autonomous agencies are granted new powers; and privatization when ownership is granted to private entities.

World Bank Official Discusses Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, Disease Outbreak…

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Disease Outbreaks are Still a Certainty, But No Longer Uninsured Keith Hansen, vice president for human development at the World Bank Group, discusses the bank’s recently launched Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) to help countries respond to disease outbreaks. Hansen writes the PEF is “just one brick in the larger…More

Grand Challenges Award Repository Database Provides Information On Projects Funded Through 7…

Devex: Innovative financing for health: Insights from the Grand Challenges Award Repository “A new database managed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing opportunities to better understand priorities for funders supporting innovative health projects. Years in the making, the Grand Challenges Award Repository provides information on 2,009 projects that have been funded through…More

Global Fund’s Experience Offers Technical Insights Into Strengthening Health Systems,…

PLOS Blogs’ “Your Say”: Helping countries transition from donor aid for health: recent experience at the Global Fund Robert Hecht, president, and Rachel Wilkinson, associate program officer, both at Pharos Global Health Advisers, discuss “the role of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in building funding structures for health system strengthening in…More

World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility Represents Innovative Approach To Rapid…

Washington Post: A worthy legacy of the Ebola catastrophe Editorial Board “One of the most disturbing lessons to emerge from the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa in 2014-2015 was how unprepared the world was for it. … The [World Bank] has announced the issuance of $500 million in specialized bonds and derivatives that…More

Lancet Commission To Explore ‘Complex Dimensions’ Of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Health…

The Lancet: An African-driven health agenda Editorial Board “The first WHO Africa health forum closed on June 28 in Kigali, Rwanda, with commitments from governments to ensure universal health coverage. … But health is much more than just health care, and universal health coverage alone cannot confront the considerable challenges of the continent. … Financing…More

Blog Post Examines Carbon Financing As Method To Help Improved Cook Stove Suppliers Sell More…

Brookings Institution: New finance for old (technology) problems? Saving the planet with better cook stoves Lauren Masatsugu, a research associate with the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, a professor of public policy and environmental economics with Duke University and faculty director of Duke’s Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative, write,…More

Global Community Should Invest In Midwives

Project Syndicate: Midwives Deliver Lives Jakaya Kikwete, former president of Tanzania and member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, and Toyin Saraki, founder and president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “…Worldwide, 350,000 more midwives are needed to bridge the gap between the health-care haves and have-nots. … Policies and funding to support…More

Outgoing WHO Director General Reflects On Past, Future Challenges Of Agency

STAT: My decade leading the WHO: dirty fights and steps toward universal coverage Margaret Chan, outgoing WHO director general “…Going forward, I would like to see the WHO do more to address financing issues, both for its own budget and the health budgets of low- and middle-income countries. … The WHO needs to keep the…More

Kenya Must Adopt Innovative Financing Solutions To Achieve UHC By 2030

Inter Press Service: Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya through Innovative Financing Siddharth Chatterjee, U.N. resident coordinator to Kenya “…In its Vision 2030, Kenya committed to becoming a competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life for all its citizens by 2030. Investing in a quality health delivery system is enshrined in…More

The Lancet Publishes Systematic Review Examining Innovative Financing Instruments For Global…

The Lancet Global Health: Innovative financing instruments for global health 2002-15: a systematic analysis Rifat Atun, professor and director of the Global Health Systems Cluster at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Sachin Silva, consultant at the WHO and doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Felicia M.…More

World Bank Report Offers Recommendations On Financing Pandemic Preparedness At National Levels

Global Health NOW: A New Mindset for Health Security Marija Cemma, Canadian Science Policy fellow “…A report from the World Bank’s International Working Group on Financing Preparedness … offers an integrated framework of 12 recommendations to approach financing pandemic preparedness at a national level. The report aims to provide a roadmap for countries to develop…More

Innovative Financing Models, Commitment To Long-Term Partnerships Vital To Strengthening Health…

Devex: Opinion: Innovative financing methods driving better health care for all Omar Campos, senior director of funding partnerships at Philips Health Tech, and Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, head of international partnerships at Royal Philips “…Strengthening primary health care, with outreach into the community and a well-functioning referral chain, is the most efficient and effective way to improve…More

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