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Following last week’s articles on GHIs, the Kaiser Family Foundation reviewed the press coverage of the comments on these publications. This week, the Lancet publishes three replies to the article on the evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Grant making programmes for Global Health published in May: one from the Foundation, one from a group of Malaria initiatives funded by the BMG foundation and one from two Indian researchers. In the Lancet Infectious Diseases, we selected an interesting viewpoint on the opportunity to launch the AMFm initiative now and a call to the Obama administration to deliver on its campaign promises to fight HIV/AIDS.
The Global initiative to reach health MDGs has just launched its report for 2009 with many global politician leaders endorsing the objectives of health MDGs; this includes a commitment to honour their pledges and protect the vulnerable, notably by providing them with free basic public health services.
We also share with you an analysis from CGD that emphasizes that after the evaluation of the GFATM, the hardest part of the work is yet to come.
Ban Ki Moon asked countries to maintain their investments in these times of crisis to ensure the continuation of AIDS related programmes.
Further, the editorial from the Lancet comes back on the recent resolution from the UN Human Rights Council on maternal mortality and morbidity. In a comment published today in The Lancet, Julio Frenk underlines the importance of health systems in times of financial crisis. Finally, we included a short article explaining why PAHO has trouble with its ‘Revolving Fund’ Vaccine System.
David Hercot & Wim Van Damme
Global Health Initiatives
1. KFF – press coverage of the Lancet studies on Global Health Funding
2. Lancet – Global health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
3. Lancet – Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria
4. Lancet – Investment should follow Obama’s pledges on HIV/AIDS
5. Global Initiative to reach Health MDG
This initiative launched in 2007 has just released its 2009 report. It is interesting to see the high level commitment they managed to acquire for the initiative’s objectives. Attached the overview.
The full 2009 report 494 Kb
6. CGD Give the Global Fund a Gold Star for Their Hard-Hitting Evaluation…Now Comes the Hard Part
By April Harding
7. UN chief warns against cutting AIDS funding – washingtonpost.com
8. Lancet – Moving forward with maternal health and human rights
9. Lancet – Strengthening health systems to promote security
10. KFF PAHO Board to Discuss ‘Revolving Fund’ Vaccine System