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This week we selected a long series of articles on aid effectiveness in the health sector. First we propose you a comment on the (very welcome) new strategy from PEPFAR to sign a Partnership Framework with the countries to enhance their ownership. Second, we added a comment from the Kaiser Family Foundation on a report that studied how much of the effort to prevent HIV infections reaches the neediest in five African countries. Third, we included an article from the Financial Times arguing that at a time of economic downturn (like now) more effort is being put by donor agencies into efficiency of aid. In the meantime, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Zambia sees a large part of its aid frozen due to a suspicion of corruption. To conclude this series, we include a comment from AfGH on the recent meeting held in Paris on innovative financing to increase (or replace) traditional aid mechanisms.

During the 62nd World Health Assembly a resolution has been passed that excludes WHO from future discussions on research and development on and access to drugs needed by developing countries. We included two reactions, one from EG4H and one from Intellectual Property Watch.

In this week’s issue of the Lancet, we selected an article defining global health as well as one review of the link between the ratification of human rights treaties and population health.

The last article comes from the NEJM and reviews the current situation and perspective around MDR and XDR Tuberculosis worldwide.


Enjoy your reading,


David Hercot & Wim Van Damme


Aid Effectiveness

1.      CGD PEPFAR Partnership Frameworks: Baby Steps for the Long Walk Ahead

By Nandini Oomman


The summary agreement is available online.

2.      KFF HIV Prevention Efforts in Five African Countries Not Reaching At-Risk Groups, Report Says

Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report


3.      FT Global health programmes adjust to hard times

By Andrew Jack


4.      Reuters – Donors freeze aid to Zambia over corruption

5.      AFGH – 6th leading group meeting, France supports the Currency transaction tax


see also the website from the Leading group meeting on Solidarity Levies for Development or the French article from Le Monde



6.      EG4H WHO dropped from the Biomedical ball

From the Economic Governance for Health Newsletter#6 of May 27th

Read also the article published on Intellectual Property Watch titled: Broad Plan On IP, Innovation In Developing Countries Approved At WHO by William New


All the 62nd WHA assembly resolutions and WHO’s page on the 62nd WHA.



Global Health and Human-Rights

7.      Towards a common definition of global health

Je  rey P Koplan, T Christopher Bond, Michael H Merson, K Srinath Reddy, Mario Henry Rodriguez, Nelson K Sewankambo, Judith N Wasserheit,

for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Executive Board*


8.      Does ratification of human-rights treaties have effects on population health?

Alexis Palmer, Jocelyn Tomkinson, Charlene Phung, Nathan Ford, Michel Joffres, Kimberly A Fernandes, Leilei Zeng, Viviane Lima, Julio SG Montaner, Gordon H Guyatt, Edward J Mills




9.      NEJM The Global Burden of Tuberculosis — Combating Drug Resistance in Difficult Times

Peter R. Donald, M.B., Ch.B., M.D., and Paul D. van Helden


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