The burden of the gift of aid

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

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


How introducing electronic votes in Brazil saved lives and increased health spending by a third

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. …

Substance Use Treatment Provider Behavior and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

Abstract We examine the impact of the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities’ provision of care.

Trump Administration Should Not Allow Foreign Countries To ‘Freeload’ Off U.S. Medical…

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

The burden of the gift of aid

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

U.S. Must Maintain Leadership Role In Global Health, Development, ‘Cement Its Legacy’ With…

The Hill: Preventing global health crises requires modest American investment Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council “…Amidst questions of America’s future role in the world, it is important to recognize that the U.S. has demonstrated unparalleled moral, economic, and social leadership in global health and development. Whether driven by compassion…More

Medicaid’s lasting impressions: Population health and insurance at birth

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Heeju Sohn This article examines lasting mortality improvements associated with availability of Medicaid at time and place of birth.

Anxiety, Urgency Build Over President Trump’s Pick To Head USAID

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

Continued Bipartisan U.S. Investment In Foreign Assistance Programs Can Benefit Both U.S., Aid…

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

To ‘Put America First,’ Trump Administration Should Expand Funding For Global Health…

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

‘Substantive’ U.S.-Africa Partnerships Could Help ‘Make America Great Again’ In Africa

The Hill: ‘Make America Great Again’ in Africa Rosa Whitaker, CEO and president of the Whitaker Group “…[H]ow might President Trump ‘Make America First Again’ in Africa? It starts with the recognition that the recent decline in U.S. influence was not inevitable and is only reversible by prioritizing economic engagement over social policies and aid.…More

U.S. Scientists Must Be Vocal, ‘Reject Interference’ From Politics

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

First Steps Of Repeal, Replace, And Repair [Web First]

The United States has never experienced a sea change in national health policy like that which occurred in early 2017.

Analysis of the policymaking process in Burkina Faso’s health sector: case studies of the…

Burkina Faso has made a number of health system policy decisions to improve performance on health indicators and strengthen responsiveness to health-related challenges.

[Editorial] Surprise us, Mr Trump

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.

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