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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

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

The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More

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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


Social Impact Funds Gain Attention For Potential To Help Achieve SDGs

Devex: Beyond aid: Insights from Social Capital Markets on achieving the SDGs “It only launched last year, but the The Rise Fund was all over the agenda at last week’s Social Capital Markets conference, which draws investors and entrepreneurs to San Francisco each year to discuss issues at the intersection of money and meaning. ……More


‘Power Of Technology’ Can Help Achieve SDGs

Devex: Opinion: Why technology will power SDG success Ernest Darkoh and John Sargent, co-founders of BroadReach “…To reach the 2030 [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] finish line having achieved the goals, the development industry — NGOs, donors, governments, and the private sector — must fully embrace the transformative power of technology: the missing factor. When leaders…More


Businesses Have Role To Play In Addressing Climate Change, Achieving SDGs

Washington Post: My company’s carbon footprint is the size of a small country. We need to act. Stephen Badger, chair of Mars Inc. “…One of the key characteristics of the Paris agreement is that it extends beyond governments to engage businesses. … [P]eople often asked me if there really is a sound business case for…More


Systems Integration, Including Training Community Health Workers, Building Infrastructure,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals: The solution to meeting any of them lies in how they inter-relate Ellen Agler, chief executive officer of the END Fund “…It’s going to take all the systems-thinking we can muster if we are to achieve the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] by 2030 but I truly…More


J&J Executive Discusses Private Sector Engagement, Youth Involvement To Achieve SDGs In Devex…

Devex: Q&A: For SDG success, we need a bigger table “…Michael Bzdak, global director of employee engagement at Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson, believes nongovernmental organizations are well-positioned to turn up their advocacy efforts, and get the right players to the table in making and following through on new commitments and partnerships [to…More


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


Investing In Health Workforce Critical To Achieving SDGs

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: To Achieve SDGs, Grow Economies, We Must Invest in the Frontline Health Workforce Vince Blaser, director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, discusses a recent event sponsored by the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and other member and partner organizations on investing in the global health workforce. Blaser writes, “[S]everal funding streams…More


Gender Equality Critical To Achievement of SDGs

Huffington Post: We Can Build A Better World If We Stop Leaving Half Of It Behind Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of international development and La Francophonie, and Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer at the World Bank “The World Bank and the Government of Canada agree that one of the most effective ways to accelerate economic development,…More


To Achieve SDGs, International Community Must Close Data Gaps On Aging Population

Devex: Opinion: Without disaggregated age data, the SDGs are set up to fail Kim Bradford Smith, senior statistics and evidence lead at the U.K. Department for International Development, and Patricia Conboy, head of global advocacy and aging at HelpAge International “…[W]ith current data collection tools, we know little about the access of older people to…More


Global Community Should Facilitate Cross-Sector Efforts To Achieve SDGs

Inter Press Service: Thousands Rally to Mark Second Anniversary of U.N.’s SDGs Tanja Gohlert, member of the European Secretariat of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty “Two years ago on 25 September 2015, 193 governments agreed to an action plan to end poverty, protect the planet, and foster international peace by adopting the U.N.’s…More


GBD Data Help Shed Light On Global Health Issues At Macro Level, But More ‘Hyperlocal’ Data…

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Measuring Progress towards Health SDGs: Great Effort, More Needed Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy and senior fellow at CGD, and Amanda Glassman, chief operating officer, senior fellow, and board secretary at CGD, discuss the role of Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data in measuring progress…More


Accepting SDGs Critical To ‘Achieving Them In Reality’

Devex: Opinion: The SDGs are good enough and it’s time to stop analyzing and start acting Mark Halle, senior fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development “…[T]he value of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] and the targets lies in their actual achievement — in bringing about the transformative change that achieving them would generate.…More


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