The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More
Just came across a paper which overcame even my scepticism about what often seems excessive hype around technology’s impact on poverty and human rights. Check out ‘Voting Technology, Political Responsiveness and Infant Health: Evidence from Brazil’ by Princeton’s Thomas Fujiwara. He has stumbled across one of those wonderful natural experiments that allow you to try and pin down the causal impact of a particular change. …
Abstract We examine the impact of the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities’ provision of care.
Wall Street Journal: How Other Countries Freeload on U.S. Drug Research Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest “President Trump says American companies have been getting ‘systematically ripped off’ by foreign governments and firms. He’s right. Yet he has backed a proposal that would make the problem even worse —…More
POLITICO: Will Trump keep ‘America first’ with USAID pick? “President Donald Trump’s pledge to put ‘America first’ could spell bad news for the federal agency that helps foreign countries during times of disaster, famine, and war. But the two people believed to be the leading candidates to head the United States Agency for International Development…More
The Hill: Continued foreign assistance is a smart and easy win for the new administration Paul Weisenfeld, executive vice president for international development at RTI International “…Today’s assistance programs have embraced the best lessons of modern management: evidence-based programs focused on key priorities, applying context-appropriate technologies, and building ownership among a broad range of stakeholders…More
The Hill: America’s dangerous and dwindling commitment to global health Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine and population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center “…Decreasing American support for humanitarian assistance and the World Health Organization would undoubtedly have…More
New York Times: When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government Wendy Palen, associate professor of biology at Canada’s Simon Fraser University and board chair of the nonprofit Evidence for Democracy “Less than a month into the Trump presidency, and the forecast for science seems ominous. Scientists at federal agencies have been hit with gag…More
The United States has never experienced a sea change in national health policy like that which occurred in early 2017.
Burkina Faso has made a number of health system policy decisions to improve performance on health indicators and strengthen responsiveness to health-related challenges.
The halls of global health diplomacy were buzzing last month, as the WHO Executive Board voted on Jan 25 to narrow the field to three candidates for the position of WHO Director-General. The USA is part of the current 34-member board and a vital member and funder for WHO, one that provides close to a quarter of the total membership dues and about a third of voluntary contributions to the agency’s budget—at least for now. Two legislative bills introduced in early January in the US House of Representatives and Senate are seeking to withhold funds from the UN and open a way for the USA to leave the global body, and therefore withdraw membership of WHO.