Policy & Systems


Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

Muhammad Ashiq, Creative Commons

Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More


A Strong Start for my Preschool Students

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WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics, and adds medicines…

New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017.

‘No More Excuses’ On Achieving UHC, WHO DG-Elect Tedros Says

Devex: New WHO chief Tedros says ‘no more excuses’ on delivering universal health coverage “Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new director general of the World Health Organization, has called on governments to stop dragging their heels and making excuses, and to ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to achieving global universal health coverage. Tedros, who was…More

Infant HIV Testing Soars from 30% to 94% in Northern Namibian District

A health worker tests an infant for HIV in northern Namibia. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International. June 07, 2017 The number of infants tested for HIV in the northern Namibian district of Nyangana skyrocketed over the past year—from 29.3% to 94.4%—thanks in part to a new tracking system developed by IntraHealth International. IntraHealth nurse mentor Rightwell Zulu and district monitoring and evaluation officer Felistas Shindimba were part of the team of health workers at Nyangana District Hospital who developed the system to test nearly every baby born to HIV-positive mothers in the district. Their goal is to prevent HIV transmission in all babies in the district, and to start HIV-positive babies on treatment as soon as possible.

WHO DG-Elect Tedros Reiterates Achieving Universal Health Coverage Will Be ‘Top Priority’…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New WHO chief vows to leave no one behind in health care “…Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said achieving universal health coverage would be a ‘top priority’ during his five-year term as head of the Geneva-based U.N. agency. ‘Globally an estimated 400 million, approximately one in 17 people, lack access to essential health services,…More

Report: Global Health Boosts North Carolina Economy by $3.7 Billion, Supports 26,000 Jobs

IntraHealth International is one of over 220 organizations in North Carolina that work to save lives and improve health in more than 185 countries. Photo by Georgina Goodwin for IntraHealth. June 06, 2017 The global health sector in North Carolina contributed $3.7 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, or about $370 per person, according to a report released today by the Triangle Global Health Consortium and RTI International. This makes global health comparable to other major sectors in the state, the authors says, such as arts/entertainment/recreation and farming. IntraHealth International is one of over 220 organizations in North Carolina that work to save lives and improve health in more than 185 countries.

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

The tough job facing Tedros, WHO’s first African head

Backed by the global South, can the WHO’s new chief kick it into shape? Linda Nordling finds out.

The case against optimism: A Harvard Law Prof critiques How Change Happens

Last week I had the ‘on the psychotherapist’s couch’ experience of having the assumptions behind How Change Happens put under the microscope by two very big brains – Harvard’s David Kennedy and LSE’s Stephen Humphreys. This was part of a joint LSE/ODI seminar on ‘new experimentalism’ (which seems to be the legal studies equivalent of Adaptive Management).  I thought their critiques were brilliant (and lyrical …

Health Official Says DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Under Control; Experimental Vaccine Use On Hold

Reuters: Ebola epidemic in Congo ‘under control’: health minister “Democratic Republic of Congo has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the last 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the disease, and is now in a phase of heightened surveillance, the health minister said on Friday. … Health authorities have approved the use…More

CSIS Blog Posts Highlight Informal Health Worker Training, TB Treatment Programs In India

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Training the Informal Health Workforce in India Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow of the Africa Program at CSIS, discusses a program in India that trains informal health care providers in an effort to address health worker shortages in rural areas, writing, “Innovations like these are…More

Through Bullets and Bombs to Reach Health Care

June 02, 2017 In conflict areas around the world, health workers like Patrick in South Sudan continue to risk their lives to do their jobs.   “There were guns, bullets, and bombs everywhere,” says Patrick Hakim, a clinical officer in South Sudan. That was the scene around Juba last July after fighting broke out at the presidential compound between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO) forces. Amidst the country’s already horrific and brutal conflict, Patrick says those two weeks were characterized by widespread terror.

Backed By Global South, WHO DG-Elect Tedros To Focus On Agency’s Funding, Universal Health…

The Lancet: Tedros elected as next WHO Director General “Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former minister of health and foreign affairs of Ethiopia, was elected on May 23 to the post of WHO director general. The first African to head the agency promised to place special emphasis on universal health care, to focus resources on the most…More

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