Creating Consensus on HICs’ Global Surgery Efforts in the Developing World

Today, 830 childbearing women will die from avoidable causes, mainly in the developing world, and mainly from lack of surgical intervention. (1,2) They are among 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

What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More


News Outlets Continue To Examine Potential Impacts Of Trump Administration’s Proposed FY18…

Devex: Webinar: What’s next for the U.S. budget process and what you can do to prepare “…Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar spoke to Washington insider and Kyle House Group Founding Partner Porter Delaney for an in-depth look at what’s next for the budget process and what development professionals can do to prepare for it. During the…More

Expert’s Population Estimates For China Highlight Controversies Over Official Statistics,…

New York Times: Expert Doubts China’s Population Number, Saying India May Be No. 1 “…Yi Fuxiang, a Chinese scientist based in Wisconsin, … this week in Beijing … laid out arguments that India may already be more populous than China, a view that has created a controversy about whose numbers to believe in forecasting China’s…More

Kaiser Family Foundation Budget Summary Analyzes Global Health Aspects Of President’s FY18…

Kaiser Family Foundation: White House Releases FY18 Budget Request This budget summary highlights global health-related funding proposals contained in President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request released on Tuesday. The request includes significant cuts to global health including a decline in funding provided to the State Department and USAID, which represents the bulk of global health…More

Trump Administration’s FY18 Budget Proposal Seeks Cuts To Global Health & Food…

Devex: Trump budget thrusts U.S. foreign aid into a political fight “…For more than a decade, U.S. engagement in global development efforts has stood as a rare exception to Washington’s constant partisan warfare, with both Democrats and Republicans tending to agree that relatively small investments in developing countries benefit U.S. national security and project American…More

Expanded Mexico City Policy Will Negatively Impact Reproductive Health Services For Kenyan…

Reuters: Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions “President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to [foreign] organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions. … The extension requires all [foreign] health organizations receiving U.S.

New WHO DG Tedros To Work For Bipartisan Support Of U.S. Global Health Funding

Associated Press: New WHO chief: Planned U.S. funding cuts not a ‘closed issue’ “The new head of the World Health Organization doesn’t believe the Trump administration’s calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a ‘closed issue.’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian ex-health minister, said he was looking forward to…More

Strong Political Actions Can End Obstetric Fistula, UNFPA Head Says On International Day

U.N. News Centre: On International Day, U.N. agency urges ‘hope, healing, dignity’ for fistula sufferers “Obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, but more than two million women and girls still live with the condition, the head of the United Nations women’s health agency [Tuesday] said, calling for investment and support to eliminate…More

Private Sector Has Ability To Maintain, Increase Progress Against Global Poverty

The Guardian: Foreign aid is being cut, but business will keep fighting poverty William Warshauer, president and CEO of TechnoServe “…The new U.S. administration has proposed cutting the foreign aid budget … and eliminating certain programs. … But it’s worth remembering that there is another force out there that I believe will maintain, and even…More

Trump Administration’s FY18 Health Budget Proposal Posted Online Shows Cuts To Health…

BuzzFeed News: Trump Budget Plan Calls For Cuts To Medicaid And Public Health Agencies “The Trump administration’s health budget, mistakenly put online Monday afternoon, calls for hundreds of billions of dollars in new cuts to Medicaid and [cuts] for many health science agencies…” (McLeod, 5/22). STAT: Trump budget proposes massive cuts to Medicaid, science, and…More

Trump Administration’s Expansion Of Mexico City Policy ‘Will Hamper’ Health Care Delivery…

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s new global gag rule will devastate health care in poor countries Editorial Board “…[T]he new Trump administration incarnation of the [Mexico City policy] is far more expansive [than previous iterations]. Instead of applying specifically to [foreign NGOs’] family planning programs, … [h]ealth care providers overseas working in HIV/AIDS, maternal and child…More

Cuts To U.S. Foreign Aid To Africa Could Encourage Extremism, African Development Bank Head…

Newsweek: Donald Trump’s Foreign Aid Cuts Could Turn Africa Into a ‘Terrorist Recruiting Field’: African Bank Chief “Cutting U.S. foreign aid to Africa could turn the continent into ‘a recruiting field for terrorists,’ the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB) tells Newsweek. Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the 78-member AfDB — Africa’s version of…More

Myanmar’s Ongoing Reforms Not Yet Benefiting Children, UNICEF Alert Says

The Guardian: Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar “As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the U.N. children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict…More

Human Rights Watch Report Documents Women’s, Girls’ Lack Of Access To Reproductive Health…

Human Rights Watch: Sudan: Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives “Most women and girls in the rebel-held Nuba Mountains of Sudan lack access to reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released [Monday]. Their plight is one of the little known yet far-reaching effects of years of obstruction…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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