This week, with the upcoming G8 summit, numerous recommendations are being addressed to world economic leaders. We selected one analysis from Italian researchers on the history of Italian policy regarding health aid and the current paradoxical reduction in the budget for aid, a call to the G8 to support women’s health and a statement drafted by the participants to a meeting in Venice following the release of the positive synergies report from WHO that featured in issue #20 of our newsletter.
Health systems strengthening is also high on the international agenda. Our colleagues from the Public Health department here at ITM published an analysis of the reasons why maternal mortality remains high in spite of (or partly due to?) the actual global aid environment; Giorgio Cometto from Save The Children provided us with an informal report from the consultative meeting held in Washington to build on the health system strengthening component of the GFATM, GAVI and World Bank. In the newsletter from Economic Governance for Health (EG4H) we found (after a short summary of the report) a sharp criticism of the Taskforce on innovative financing for health’s report.
Further, in an editorial, the Lancet reports on a new
On Global Health Initiatives, we included a report from SIECU on the Zambian PEPFAR programme against HIV/AIDS, its shortfalls and recommendations to adapt it. We also present a comment from EG4H on the new programme funded by the Gates Foundation to support private equity funds in
Finally, for our Congolese colleagues, there is a small report from the UNOCHA published in the BMJ on the high mortality rates in
David Hercot & Wim Van Damme
1. Lancet – G8 Summit 2009: what approach will
2. AFGH Call on G8 leaders to support women’s health
3. Lancet –
Health Systems Strengthening
4. International health policy and stagnating maternal mortality: is there a causal link?
Jean-Pierre Unger, Patrick Van Dessel, Kasturi Sen, Pierre De Paepe
5. Coming together for health systems
Save The Children
6. Can the ‘Taskforce’ pull the MDG rabbit out of the hat?: A high level taskforce reports on financing for health and the likelihood of meeting the MDGs
7. Lancet – Strengthening research capacity in Africa
8. Neglected Disease Research & Development: How Much Are We Really Spending?
HEALTH POLICY DIVISION, THE GEORGE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH
Mary Moran, Javier Guzman, Anne-Laure Ropars, Alina McDonald, Nicole Jameson, Brenda Omune, Sam Ryan, Lindsey Wu
9. Making Prevention Work: Lessons from
10. A Private Equity Fund for African health systems: The Gates Foundation and the dangers of their support for private sector involvement in healthcare
11. BMJ Some 45 000 people die each month in