Dear Colleagues,

This week, despite an urgent call from the UN secretary general, the G8 summit in Italy did not live up to the expectations of global health activists as this note from AfGH reports.

Amid the calls to strengthen health systems, Chad Swanson calls for an impact assessment of Global Health Initiatives on Health Systems in a comment in the Lancet.

On financing aid, three high ranking experts in non communicable diseases call upon the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to include chronic disease on its agenda if the poverty MDG is to be reached. The KFF summarises the main figures from the last statistical report on the programs funded by the GFATM and a report from the World Bank shows that the financial crisis is already crippling the Global HIV/AIDS programs. Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof from the New York Times comments on why rich people/countries are (not) providing aid to save the lives of people in need.

In a series on the private sector, we included a WSJ article on recent efforts by private pharmaceutical companies to boost their sales by targeting the working poor in developing countries. There is also a news report of the launch of the OXFAM campaign against the privatisation of health care and an article on the regulation of private practice for health sector civil servants in Vietnam.

The WHO Bulletin published an article discussing how ART can be considered as a prevention tool and how this issue should be studied further. Finally, an analysis published in the BMJ emphasises the need for accurate diagnosis to achieve long term goals in the fight against malaria.

David Hercot & Kristof Decoster on behalf of Wim Van Damme


G8 summit

1. Action for Global Health – Health at the G8: The ultimate delusion

2. BMJ – Rich nations are not giving enough for development goals to be met, says UN

John Zarocostas

Health systems

3. Lancet – Call for global health-systems impact assessments

R Chad Swanson, Henry Mosley, David Sanders, David Egilman, Jan De Maeseneer, Mushtaque Chowdhury, Claudio F Lanata, Kirk Dearden, Malcolm Bryant

Financing aid

4. Kaiser Family Foundation – ECOSOC’s Agenda Should Include Noncommunicable Disease Threat In Developing Countries

5. Kaiser Family Foundation – Global Fund-Financed Programs Reaching More People, Report Shows

6. Kaiser Family Foundation – Economic Crisis Already Crippling Global HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs, UNAIDS, World Bank Report Says

7. New York Times – Would you let this girl drown ?

Nicholas D. Kristof

Private sector

8. Wall Street Journal – Drug Firms See Poorer Nations as Sales Cure

9. BMJ – Health care in poor countries must be defended against privatisation, Oxfam says

Peter Moszynski

10. Thanh Nien – State staff cannot own private hospitals, legislators agree


11. WHO Bulletin – Preventing HIV transmission with antiretrovirals

Kevin M De Cock, Siobhan P Crowley, Ying-Ru Lo, Reuben M Granich & Brian G Williams


12. BMJ – Access to antimalarial therapy: accurate diagnosis is essential to achieving long term goals

Heidi Hopkins, Caroline Asiimwe, David Bell

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