Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

What’s It Like to Have Malaria in a Remote Area?

  In December 2014, Sanula Kabuya was woken by the sound of her great granddaughter’s laboured breathing. Jalia, the youngest of the five children, was Read More

Billions to trillions: Financing the global goals

Tomorrow morning, Pope Francis will kick off the UN General Assembly’s session on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and by the end of the day, the world’s leaders will have affirmed the 17 goals. This is a momentous occasion, worth celebrating, but the hard work begins Monday morning. That’s when the focus shifts from what to how. The first 16 goals cover a range of critical development needs, expanding on the Millennium Development Goals that have guided development efforts since 2000. The final SDG is qualitatively different.


Development Community, Governments Should Focus On Most Cost-Effective SDG Targets

Project Syndicate: The Mis-Measure of Development Bjørn Lomborg, visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “…[T]oday’s development agenda is trying to be all things to all people. The MDGs worked because they were few in number and sharply focused. The SDGs comprise an eye-watering 169 targets, which means…More

Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis in Cameroon

PLOS NTDs Editors-in-Chief Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy discuss new research and the global effort towards eliminating lymphatic filariasis. One of the most significant, yet often unheralded, accomplishments from the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

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.

Maternal and neonatal health impact of obstetrical risk insurance scheme in Mauritania: a quasi…

AbstractA variety of health financing schemes shaped on pre-payment scheme have been implemented across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The impact of delays on maternal and neonatal outcomes in Ugandan public health facilities: the…

Maternal mortality in low- and middle-income countries continues to remain high.

Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

Peruvian lessons for the transition from MDGs to SDGs

With respect to the welfare of children and mothers, the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is sometimes perceived as risky. The relevant MDGs had a focus on interventions to address maternal and child health, while the focus of the SDGs is expanded to “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”.1 This transition raises two concerns: a broader set of priorities might dilute the attention on maternal and child health, and the broader priorities of the SDGs require the use of more complex implementation instruments than those used in the past.

Political determinants of progress in the MDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa

10.1080/17441692.2016.1177567<br/>Emma Atti

How the MDGs gave up on measuring access to medicines

In March, 2016, the United Nations Statistics Commission agreed upon the metrics used to measure progress towards, or away from, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).1 These so-called indicators define the real-world, measurable counterparts to the targets within the visionary goals of the sustainable development agenda. In the context of health in the SDGs, we wish to highlight the little-known story of the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDG) target on access to medicines. Of the 21 targets in the eight MDGs that permeated the development debate over the past 15 years, it was the only target that was dropped from the MDG report.

An ex-ante economic evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health Voucher Scheme as a…

Reducing child and maternal mortality in order to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 remains a major challenge in Myanmar.

Quality at the centre of universal health coverage

Abstract: The last decade of the MDG era witnessed substantial focus on reaching the bottom economic quintiles in low and middle income countries.

Malawi and Millennium Development Goal 4: a Countdown to 2015 country case study

This case study confirmed that Malawi had achieved MDG 4 for child survival by 2013. Our findings suggest that this was achieved mainly through the scale-up of interventions that are effective against the major causes of child deaths (malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea), programmes to reduce child undernutrition and mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and some improvements in the quality of care provided around birth. The Government of Malawi was among the first in sub-Saharan Africa to adopt evidence-based policies and implement programmes at scale to prevent unnecessary child deaths.

Reaching Millennium Development Goal 4

2015 has come to an end, and with it the opportunity for countries—and the world—to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Here we look at how close the world has come to achieving MDG 4—ie, to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-5 mortality rate.

Auld Lang Syne: TGH highlights from 2015

As celebrations for the birth of a new year wind-down, Assistant Editor Juliette Wittich reflects on the stand-out pieces Translational Global Health featured in 2015. When you are working on a global scale, any change can be considered “big”, but it wouldn’t be remiss to say that 2015 has indeed been a BIG year for global health. In September we saw the reimagined pathway for global equity and development with the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York. In October a vision for the future of our food system was launched by the Norwegian-based EAT initiative and Danish collective Sustainia in time for World Food Day.

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