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Mass. Town Considers 1st Tobacco Ban in US

50 years after the US Surgeon General’s first report on the negative health effects of tobacco, the Associated Press reports that the small town of Read More

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A new era for the WHO health system building blocks? – Health Systems Global

Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Tim France | Health Systems Global | A health system consists of all the organizations, institutions, resources and people whose primary purpose is Read More

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Health Systems Complexity: A “Gardening” Metaphor

By Woldekidan Kifle Amde on September 12, 2014 | For over two weeks (since 18 August), members of Emerging Voices for Global Health 2014, with the help of Read More

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I was so not going to enter the BandAid30 fray. In my opion, BandAid30 is little more than a tacky sideshow, noteworthy only for the fact that it may well overshadow the main circus. The Circus in this case is the international, interagency Ebola response. * The digital space is lit up right now with […]


Mass. Town Considers 1st Tobacco Ban in US

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50 years after the US Surgeon General’s first report on the negative health effects of tobacco, the Associated Press reports that the small town of Read More


Role Of New U.S. Ebola Coordinator Remains Unclear, News Sources Report

News outlets examine the role of the new U.S. Ebola coordinator. Devex: Obama’s new Ebola czar — and what it means for U.S. aid work on the ground “…With a background in law and politics, [Ron] Klain will manage the U.S.


News Outlets Examine Federal Response To Ebola, Epidemic’s Influence In U.S. Politics

News outlets examine the federal response to the Ebola crisis, including analysis of its potential influence in U.S. politics. CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Watch: Congress Begins Grappling With a Response “A House subcommittee is returning from recess for a hearing Thursday that should offer a preview of how Congress will react to the spread of Ebola…More


M&E Tech Conference and Deep Dive: Selected Tweets

It’s been two weeks since we closed out the M&E Tech Conference in DC and the Deep Dive in NYC. For those of you who missed it or who want to see a quick summary of what happened, here are some of the best tweets from the sessions. We’re compiling blog posts and related documentation and will be sharing more detailed summaries soon. In the meantime, enjoy a snapshot! Wow


Hiring Reform at WHO

When I wished for hiring reform at the World Health Organization on October 7, I got some welcome feedback on the tough politics that need to be solved in order to genuinely reform the WHO. I pointed out in my last post that despite how crucial the job of WHO regional director for Africa is, the position is filled largely behind closed doors, without any public posting or public deliberation over who would best fill it, and I’m not alone in calling for the process to be more transparent and merit-based. As Ebola and WHO’s response to it continue to be on the front page of the news, now would be good opportunity for the organization to reform its hiring.


Ebola Enters U.S. Politics As Issue In Mid-Term Elections

News outlets discuss how U.S. political parties are using the Ebola epidemic in their mid-term election campaign strategies. The Hill: GOP amplifies calls for Ebola czar “A growing number of Republicans are accusing President Obama of leadership failures on Ebola and urging him to hand over the government response to a single point person outside…More


Foreign Policy Examines Ebola’s Impact On Guinea

Foreign Policy: The Toxic Politics of Ebola “…With borders closed, quarantines imposed, and West African economies left in shambles, there is also a growing fear that what began as a public health crisis is quickly morphing into a full-blown catastrophe for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, countries already struggling with poverty, the ravages of past…More


A new era for the WHO health system building blocks? – Health Systems Global

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Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Tim France | Health Systems Global | A health system consists of all the organizations, institutions, resources and people whose primary purpose is Read More


Health Systems Complexity: A “Gardening” Metaphor

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By Woldekidan Kifle Amde on September 12, 2014 | For over two weeks (since 18 August), members of Emerging Voices for Global Health 2014, with the help of Read More


Post-2015 Development Goals Need to Address Migration

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Government officials across the world will sit down in conference rooms over the next year to rebuild the global development policy agenda. For the last 14 years their lodestar has been the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. Those goals will expire next year. As you read this, the United Nations is running a vast process to write the sequel, a new set of global development policy goals for many years to come. Something surprising and exciting is germinating in that process


Politics Will Not Interfere With Health Policy, India’s Health Minister Says

Business Insider: Politics Will Not Come In Way Of Health Policy: Harsh Vardhan “[India’s] Health Minister Harsh Vardhan [Thursday] said that politics would not affect the health program and policies of the country. ‘For the health of the nation, the health of government departments needs to be improved. I will not let politics to interfere…More


Ebola Outbreak Will Affect African Economy, Politics For Years, Experts Say

Foreign Policy: Ebola Wreaking Havoc on African Economy “The death toll in the worst Ebola outbreak in history topped more than 1,200 as of Tuesday, according to the World Health Organization. The good news is that, for now, new cases appear to be limited to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The bad news is…More


Oh, hashtags.

My Regarding Humanity co-founder Lina and I have been talking about the effectiveness of “hashtag activism” for a long time now, and every week there is something new to say or learn from. We took the plunge and published where our thinking is this week – though it’s sure to change by next week. (Thanks to Alex Lee and Winter Schneider for their research and writing support!) I’m still grappling with whether hashtag activism and “slacktivism” in general are more important for changing perceptions and behaviors of the individuals who participate in them (which is where many marketers and social media guru types look for impact), or if they should be measured based on their effectiveness in terms of resolving the problem that the hashtag is aimed at addressing. I’m guessing if a hashtag does both, that’s when it’s really found the sweet spot. I’m also thinking that in order for it to do both, it probably needs to involve the people who are directly impacted by the issue and/or people who can actually do something about the issue (these could be one and the same in some cases). Some say that small acts of online activism (and slacktivism) open the door to a greater feeling of individual agency, which then increases political engagement and more meaningful/more active social cause participation in the future.


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