Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

Republican health plan seen as a major setback for hepatitis C Medicaid patients

Amid a growing hepatitis C epidemic, federal austerity measures seen as a setback to infection control.  By Sony Salzman It’s been nearly 20 years since Read More

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More


China, U.S. Discuss Global Health Cooperation In Meeting Between Chinese Vice Premier, U.S….

Xinhua News: China, U.S. team up for global health progress “China and the United States vowed to team up for global health progress on Thursday in a bid to beef up health and safety in both countries and the world at large. The consensus was announced in the joint communique of the first China-U.S. Social…More

Drug counterfeiting – a 21st century solution to an age-old problem

Heard of blockchain technology? Ever wondered what it has to do with public health? When it comes to drug counterfeiting, this emerging technology may be the silver bullet for securing quality, safety and equity. Ensuring the safety and integrity of the global medicine supply chain is one of the most complex challenges facing healthcare delivery.

Additional Funding, Political Will Needed To End Gender-Based Violence, Experts Say

Devex: $500M pledge on gender-based violence is a start, but won’t solve the ‘huge problem’ “The European Union has pledged $500 million for gender-based violence grants as the single biggest financial commitment to emerge during Global Goals Week. But experts in the sector point out it is still far from enough to solve such a…More

Philanthropists Pledge $34M To Improve Gender-Related Development Data Collection

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Philanthropists pledge millions for better U.N. data on women “Philanthropists pledged millions of dollars to fund U.N. data gathering on Thursday, saying it was vital to learn more about the world’s women to tackle the poverty that disproportionately affects them. Pledges totaling $34 million were unveiled during a side event of the…More

Mexico City Policy Could ‘Stymie Efforts’ To Control Global AIDS

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Trump and AIDS Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (Change) “…Though Mr. Trump’s proposal to reduce funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, … was rejected by both the House and the Senate appropriations committees, the administration’s version of…More

Gates Foundation, Plan International Partnership ‘Equal Measures 2030’ Aims To Improve…

Devex: Gates, Plan-funded global gender data partnership takes shape “…This week, Equal Measures 2030 — a new global cross-sector initiative born from hours of meetings in London conference rooms and offices in six focus countries from El Salvador to Indonesia — emerged after a year of research and tough decisions. … The partnership, funded by…More

E.U., U.N. Launch ‘Spotlight Initiative’ To Eliminate All Forms Of Gender Violence

U.N. News Centre: European Union and U.N. launch new initiative to eliminate gender violence “The European Union and the United Nations [Wednesday] launched a joint initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations across the globe. … The E.U.-U.N.

Policymakers In 5 Nations Cannot Confidently Answer Questions About Issues Surrounding Women,…

Devex: Policymakers ‘flying blind’ on gender issues, survey finds “Many policymakers are ill-informed about the most pressing issues affecting gender equality in their countries, including the number of women in the labor force and how many are dying in childbirth, according to a new report published by a coalition of NGOs and private sector companies…More

Universal Health Coverage ‘A Rights Issue,’ WHO DG Tedros Says During Social Good Summit…

TIME: World Health Organization Leader Says Universal Health Coverage is a ‘Rights Issue’ “…[WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus] made his case for [universal health coverage] during the Social Good Summit in New York City, an annual event leading up the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). ‘Universal health coverage should be (viewed) as a rights issue,’…More

The ABCs of cervical cancer prevention in remote locations

In 2014, DB Peru launched The Amazon Community-Based Participatory Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme as a collaborative approach to screening and treatment of cervical cancer in Lower Napo River (LNR) communities in the Peruvian Amazon. In the remote LNR, shaping a programme that addressed community needs, such as health literacy and improving access to healthcare, as well as ensuring a high level of clinical gynaecological care, was a challenge. In preparation, we collated a range of diverse resources from around the world. We gathered knowledge at international conferences, spoke to professionals at the coal-face of cancer prevention in low-resource settings, sourced donations from a range of companies, and collaborated with local government services. Most importantly, we worked beside communities to understand their needs, and shape local solutions to education, screening and treatment of cervical cancer.

Weekly links September 15: the definitive what we know on Progresa, ethics of cash, a new…

In the latest JEL, Parker and Todd survey the literature on Progresa/Oportunidades: some bits of interest to me included: CCTs have now been used in 60+ countries; over 100 papers have been published using the Progresa/Oportunidades data, with at least 787 hypotheses tested – multiple testing corrections don’t change the conclusions that the program had health and education effects, but do cast doubt on papers claiming impacts on gender issues and demographic outcomes; FN 16 which notes that at the individual level, there are significant differences in 32% of the 187 characteristics on which baseline balance is tested, with the authors arguing that this is because the large sample size leads to a tendency to reject the null at conventional levels – a point that seems inconsistent with use of the same significant levels for measuring treatment effects; Two decades later, we still don’t know whether Progresa led to more learning, just more years in school; One of the few negative impacts is an increase in deforestation in communities which received the CCT Dave Evans asks whether it matters which co-author submits a paper, and summarizes responses from several editors; he also gives a short summary of a panel on how to effectively communicate results to policymakers.

Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

BMJ Series Highlights Antimicrobial Resistance In SE Asia

The BMJ: Antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia “The BMJ’s collection on ‘Antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia’ is a series of 15 articles highlighting how antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a critical political, social, and economic problem in the WHO South East Asia region … where there is possibly the highest risk globally for…More

Performance of community health workers: situating their intermediary position within complex…

Health systems are social institutions, in which health worker performance is shaped by transactional processes between different actors.

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