Dear Colleagues,

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Things are definitely moving in the fight against malaria. The Lancet has published an article outlining the recent progress in the global fight against the disease. However, a major setback could be the emerging resistance to artesunate, as stated on the BBC yesterday. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the removal by WHO of DDT as a means to fight Anopheles will also have an impact on the fight against the disease.

WHO also published interesting material. First, the release of the “World Health Statistics 2009” shows that we are not making much progress in the fight against Maternal and newborn mortality. Second, at the World Health Assembly last week, Primary Health Care was put back on the agenda. Finally, in a speech at the 12th World congress on Public Health, Margaret Chan delivered a scathing critique of the global liberal market economy.

We included two articles on aid effectiveness: the first one comments on the recent launch of the “Aid watch 2009 report” on EU aid and the second describes the < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />UK strategy to support WHO.

For those of you interested in research, our Director, Bruno Gryseels, and colleagues have written a comment in The Lancet on the priorities for the EC supported research on poverty-related diseases, tackling mainly AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. On the occasion of World AIDS Vaccine Day 2008, Mead Over from the Centre for Global Development wrote a comment on the perspective of an effective HIV vaccine.

Finally, we attached an article on task shifting in surgery and a link to the new Eldis topic, ‘health and fragile states’.




David Hercot & Wim Van Damme



1.      Optimism over World Malaria Day challenge

Kelly Morris


2.      BBC – Fears for new malaria drug resistance

Jill McGivering


3.      WSJ Malaria, Politics and DDT: The U.N. bows to the anti-insecticide lobby.




4.      AFGH Maternal and newborn survival rates not improving says WHO


5.      AFGH Back to Basics: Primary Health Care Renewal at the 62nd World Health Assembly


6.      EG4H – Steadfast in the midst of perils – WHO head slams global liberal market economy



Aid effectiveness

7.      AFGH Launch of AidWatch 2009 report

Action for Global Health participated in a CONCORD roundtable



8.      Lancet Working with WHO: the UK‘s institutional strategy

Nicholas Banatvala, Simon Bland, Liam Donaldson




9.      European Union conference on poverty-related diseases research

Bruno Gryseels, Alimuddin Zumla, Marita Troye-Blomberg, Marie Paule Kieny, Gianluca Quaglio, Andreas Holtel, Hannu Laang, Manuel Romaris, Maria Teresa De Magistris, Ana Nieto Nuez, Ole F Olesen, Rachida Ghalouci, Anna Lönnroth


10. CGD Will We Soon Have an Effective Vaccine against HIV? Not Until We Can Make a Superman or a Bionic Woman

By Mead Over



Health systems

11. Surgical Task Shifting in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kathryn Chu, Peter Rosseel , Pierre Gielis , Nathan Ford

ELDIS – Health service delivery in fragile states

We recommend you to have a look at this new series from Eldis on Health services in fragile state.

Quote”There are two main approaches to health services delivery in fragile states: the humanitarian approach and a more developmental approach, these days often labelled as ‘health system strengthening’.” End Quote

They collected documents around this topic and provide them for free on their website:


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