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Decentralization and Governance of Universal Health Coverage

Decentralization is frequently recommended as a governance remedy for a wide variety of ills, for example: a means to deepen democratic governance and citizen empowerment, Read More

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

To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

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Media Outlets Continue To Cover World AIDS Day, Including Progress On, Challenges To Ending…

U.N. News Centre: World AIDS Day: U.N. calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’ “The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 — without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS…More


WHO Ministerial Conference Provided Opportunity For Global TB Community To Accelerate Progress…

The Lancet Global Health: Tuberculosis makes it onto the international political agenda for health … finally Mario Raviglione, director of the Global TB Programme at the WHO, and colleagues “…The latest global burden of disease assessment measuring progress on health-related [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] concludes that tuberculosis is one of the health challenges for which…More


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


WHO Strategy Should Be More Specific On How Agency Will Achieve Its Goals

The Lancet: Offline: WHO — a roadmap to renewal? Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “…Although the new [WHO General Programme of Work (GPW)] is underpinned by the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], no convincing vision is offered about what sustainability truly means. … The ‘triple billion’ target [– one billion more people with health coverage,…More


Report Highlights Progress Made, Data Gaps In Tracking Africa’s SDGs, Agenda 2063

Brookings Institution’s “Africa in Focus”: Figure of the week: Africa’s progress on the SDGs and Agenda 2063 Mariama Sow, research analyst at the Africa Growth Initiative, discusses a report that examines the progress made in Africa toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063, and identifies gaps in data to track this progress.…More


Gavi Calls For Coverage Of 3rd Dose Of PCV To Be Included As Vaccine Indicator For SDGs

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: Pneumonia vaccine saves 500,000 lives in world’s poorest countries “The rollout of pneumonia vaccine has prevented the deaths of over half a million children in developing countries over the past decade, Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said [Sunday]. … This week in Bahrain global health experts are…More


Conference Spotlights Technology’s Role In Advancing Global Health, Achieving SDGs

Devex: Insights from Techonomy: What can technology bring to global health? “…Techonomy, a conference and media company that organizes events on how technological advances are transforming industries and addressing global challenges, announced that its 2018 focus will be on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At its conference in Half Moon Bay, California, this week,…More


WHO Releases New Draft 5-Year Program Of Work With Focus On SDGs, UHC

Intellectual Property Watch: New WHO 5-Year Program Is Out. In The Recipe? SDGs, Access To Medicines, Innovation, Better Health For All “The new leadership of the World Health Organization [Wednesday] issued its draft new program of work for the next five years. The program depicts new orientations for the global health actor, starting with the…More


Gender Equality Common Thread Among 17 Sustainable Development Goals, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: All 17 Global Goals interrelated, with strong links to gender equality — senior U.N. official “Addressing challenges faced by women in the world of work is a key theme for a United Nations forum on leveraging the power of partnerships to drive the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘The important…More


Water is For Fighting Over

Mark Twain is often credited for the quote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over”. Despite the quote’s likely questionable origin, water is becoming an increasingly angry and thirsty elephant-in-the-room for world leaders. Tipped as the “oil of the 21st century”, will swelling water demands precipitate the levels of conflict seen with oil? Or can such an intrinsic aspect of human life avoid the geopolitical issues associated with the more volatile liquid? There is no denying the importance of water in global growth; a critical overarching ingredient for nearly all 17 SDGs in one way or another


Special Issue Of Global Health Governance Highlights Role Of Think Tanks, Academic Institutions…

Global Health Governance: Special Issue: The Role of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions in Accelerating the Implementation of the Health-Related SDGs The Fall 2017 issue of Global Health Governance features several articles on the role of think tanks and academic institutions in helping to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (10/23).


Illicit Financial Flows Must Be Stopped In Africa For Nations To Reach SDGs, Experts Say

Devex: Curbing illicit financial flows key to reaching SDGs in Africa “Curbing illicit financial flows out of Africa is a vital part of the domestic resource mobilization toward the Sustainable Development Goals, experts at the Pan African Conference on Illicit Financial Flows and Tax said last week in Nairobi. The continent is estimated to be…More


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


Let’s get political…

The ninth edition of the World Health Summit (WHS) was held during October 15th -17th, in a nice former cinema hall in the city of East Berlin, built in the early 1960s and with a rather appropriate name for the occasion, “Kosmos”.  This year, the event was attended by 2,000 participants from 100 countries, all aiming “to improve healthcare all over the world”. Well, at least, that’s the idea. Although I was a bit afraid this would be a “mini Davos-like” event, as described (arguably, by a biased observer)  in past editions, it was surprising and even encouraging to see a good demographic balance, with very young students and professionals, as well as senior high-profile researchers, decision-makers and CEOs from pharmaceutical companies, among other usual suspects. Even a royal member of the Kingdom of Jordan, Princess Dina Mired, actively participated as the President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control


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