The following new articles are publishing this week in PLOS NTDs: Guillet J, Hallier M, Felden B (2013). PLoS Pathog 9(12): e1003767. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003767 The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, and there is currently much debate, discussion and jostling for position regarding what should replace them. The results of which is likely to prove extremely important for determining the global health budget over the coming decades. Here James Smith and Michelle Taylor discuss the history of NTDs in the context of the sixth MDG goal (to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases), as well as the case for including them in the post-2015 agenda
I’m consistently astonished by how little we know about the important stuff in development. Take the Millennium Development Goals – the basis forinnumerable aid debates, campaigns, and negotiations. A large chunk of the MDG agenda concerns the size and quality of public spending – on health, education, water, sanitation etc. So obviously, the first thing
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Dave Pearson, who is a long-time staff member at SIL International, a large nongovernmental…
Dear Colleagues, We’ll keep it short in this week’s intro as we assume all of you are gearing up for the (well deserved) holiday period. In case you’re interested in my Christmas wishes, aimed primarily (but not solely) at young global health voices, see here. Now that the EV 2013 venture (which was organized in the run-up to ICASA) is over, I would like to remind all of you of the upcoming EV 2014 venture which will again take place in Cape town, in September next year, but this time linked to the (third) Global Health Systems research symposium. You find the call here.
; ; The United Nation’s (UN’s) Millennium development Goals (MDGs) are set to expire in just over a year. What comes next – the post-2015 development agenda – will be critical in determining the future of global health priorities and funding. In a recent PLOS NTDs article, James Smith and Emma Michelle Taylor discuss why […]
Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Politics” blog that “leaders and advocates from across the [U.S. are speaking] up to ensure that the health and rights of women and young…More
Dear colleagues, This week many of us were in Cape Town, to assist the Emerging Voices 2013 in making an impact on the 17th ICASA conference. They presented, tweeted (if the rather unreliable internet connection allowed it at the conference and in our hotel) and blogged, while networking their way through the conference. This IHP issue will have a special EV section on ICASA, with a number of blogs by EVs, and also the guest editorial of the week comes from an EV 2013. If you go through them, you’ll get a fairly good overview of the conference, the highlights, the gaps, key messages, etc. Check out also the hashtag of the conference, #icasa2013 and the Emerging Voices hashtag, #ev4gh.
Charles Birungi (EV 2013)* As I prepare to return home this week after the ICASA conference in Cape Town, the heated discussions on the “end of AIDS” remain vivid in my mind. Is the “end of AIDS” a myth or reality? At this year’s World AIDS day, the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe noted that: “For the first time we can see an end to an epidemic that has wrought such staggering devastation around the world. For the first time we can say that we are beginning to control the epidemic and not that the epidemic is controlling us.” Looking at the journey walked so far, I fully agree with Michel Sidibe. Growing up in rural Uganda, I recall the stigma and discrimination that surrounded the disease ‘slim disease’ in the 1980s
Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “are nearing their expiration date in 2015,” Yael Velleman, senior policy analyst for health and sanitation at WaterAid, writes in a Devex opinion piece, “We need to better coordinate our health response post-2015. Setting separate targets on nutrition, water and sanitation have fragmented our efforts. The separation of funding…More
By Isidore Sieleunou ( CoP Facilitator & Technical Assistant for AEDES ) In 2011, the Financial Access to Health Services Community of Practice (FAHS CoP) held a workshop in Bamako to discuss the formulation and implementation of maternal health fee exemption policies. At the end of the workshop, a research agenda was put forth. Two years later, the FAHS CoP, alongside several academic partners, gathered again to take stock, this time in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. A conference to assess the effectiveness of fee exemption policies This time, our focus was on evaluating the effectiveness of these policies.
Dear Colleagues, This week we go for a short newsletter as we’re in Cape Town for the 2013 EV venture. All apologies. Also, we just learnt that Nelson Mandela passed away, after a long struggle. Even the best of us die someday, sadly. In fact, at this very moment, people are singing outside, remembering the man who meant so much for this country.
Inter Press Service examines international efforts to formulate new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire in 2015. “[C]ivil society activists and U.N. officials agree their success will hinge on policies that address the nexus of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation,” the news service writes. “A U.N. high-level panel,…More
The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the global development agenda. Paul Callan and colleagues, Devex: “With about 750 days remaining until the Millennium Development Goals expire,” Callan, a global operating partner at Dalberg, and colleagues examine whether the MDGs can be considered successful. “Our analysis presents a mixed picture,” they state…More