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Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More

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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

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

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Politics, Inequities Present Barriers To Achieving SDGs

Project Syndicate: Politics in the Way of Progress J. Bradford DeLong, professor at the University of California at Berkeley and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research “There are 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to tackle problems including poverty, hunger, disease, inequality, climate change, ecological degradation, and many others…More


Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Business Forum To Aid Creation Of Development Partnerships

Devex: Bloomberg says Global Business Forum will push new aid partnerships, climate solutions “The new Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Business Forum will act as a powerful platform for people to make major deals and launch influential dialogues on development, politics, and climate change, Michael Bloomberg, owner of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, told Devex. … Bloomberg…More


The Economist Examines Gates Foundation’s ‘Goalkeepers’ Report

The Economist: Great strides have been made against disease and poverty “…A report from the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] published on September 13th suggests that progress on several [health and development] fronts may be starting to falter. For a variety of reasons, from demography to American and European politics, Mr. Gates fears that campaigns…More


University Professors Discuss Impacts Of Mexico City Policy In World Politics Review Interview

World Politics Review: How the World Has Responded to Trump’s ‘Global Gag Rule’ on Abortion “…In an email interview [with WPR], Scott L. Greer, professor of global health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Sarah Rominski, research assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the…More


World Politics Review Speaks With NIAID Director Fauci About Ebola Outbreak Response

World Politics Review: Is the World Ready to Respond to Another Large-Scale Ebola Outbreak? WPR interviews Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, about the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and efforts to prepare for a future outbreak, including Ebola vaccine research (7/25).


Yemen’s Food Insecurity, Cholera Outbreak, Humanitarian Crisis To Worsen If Politics Continue…

CBS News: U.N. warned “we should all feel deeply guilty” as Yemenis die “The cholera epidemic raging across war-torn Yemen — already the worst outbreak of the disease in the world — grew dramatically worse over the past month, United Nations officials warned the Security Council on Wednesday. … ‘Nearly 16 million people do not…More


Essay Explores Politics Of Partnerships In Reproductive Health Initiatives

Africa Is A Country: Of gag rules and global partnerships Lynn M. Thomas, a professor at the University of Washington, discusses the challenges of politics in advancing global health, in particular family planning, as well as the emergence and role of partnerships in global health, writing, “We live in times when talk of partnership abounds…More


Can health ignite a political revolution?

Late last month, you could not ignore the chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nations Army’ as it echoed around the fields of Glastonbury. Regardless of your political affiliations, having hordes of young, passionate millennials singing the name of a political leader at a music festival is something which few would have predicted earlier that month. Why the change? – Could it be that young people in the UK feel a new sense of hope as they have been given a voice through health? Hope is something which has been on short supply in the UK of late


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I’m in Turkey right now, as team lead for third party monitoring of some Syria work. I haven’t seen my kids in three weeks, and I miss them like burning. [ read more brave ]


New WHO Director General Should Apply Political Capital, Experience To Help Change Politics Of…

BMJ Blog: Ilona Kickbusch: The new director general of WHO and the politics of global health Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, discusses challenges Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will likely face in his new role as WHO director general, as well as two political opportunities…More


“Appendix III” is critical for accelerating progress on NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for 70% of global deaths in 2015, with three quarters of these deaths occurring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). NCDs are a silent epidemic of premature and preventable death and disability from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and mental and neurological disorders. Their main risk factors – unhealthy diets, alcohol and tobacco use, physical inactivity, and environmental determinants such as air pollution, are transmitted via unhealthy environments. They are directly and indirectly caused by commercial determinants, misaligned public policies in agriculture, commerce, education, energy, health, finance, trade, and social security, and are exacerbated by social determinants including poverty and inequity. In 2011, The United Nations General Assembly declared NCDs a global health and development challenge at a UN High-Level Summit.


After Lobbying For WHA Invitation, Taiwan Officially Locked Out Of Meeting; U.S. Secretary Of…

Associated Press: Taiwanese minister: China is playing politics with health “Taiwan’s health minister on Monday accused China of playing politics with health after Taiwan was blocked from taking part in the annual meeting of the governing body of the World Health Organization for the first time since 2008. Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung lashed…More


Science-Based Approach Can Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness Of Public, Private Development…

Project Syndicate: Science and International Development Policy Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and professor emerita of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, and Kate Himes, foreign policy interrupted fellow and adjunct faculty at the Evergreen State College “…A team of scientists and engineers, rather than diplomats and conflict-resolution experts, can provide…More


All roads lead to Geneva

This week, health ministers from across the world are making the yearly pilgrimage to Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly. For spectators, the importance of this week extends far beyond the official proceedings shared via livestream. It is about the closed door breakfasts, the high-level side meetings, the sponsored receptions and events, and the general atmosphere in expensive, elite Geneva as it transforms into the centre of the global health world. The stakes are even higher this year with the election of a new Director-General of the WHO at a time when new leadership and vision are sorely needed. Much has been written by Laurie Garrett, Larry Gostin, and others on reforming the WHO.


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