Dear Colleagues,

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Despite the holiday season, we found numerous interesting articles. First of all we included three articles on the address by Obama to Ghana ’s parliament. A short report of what he said by the Kaiser Family Foundation, followed by two comments. One from Ruth Levine from the Centre for Global Development (CGD) and one from Paul Collier; both emphasising the change in tone that Obama used: No compassion but rather conscience and accountability. Then, among the articles around the World Population Day on July 11, we selected one article from IRIN underlining the fall in funding for family planning since the Cairo conference in 1994 and its detrimental consequences on poverty reduction efforts.

On Health system strengthening, we included a blog post from CGD again, with interesting replies already, on the recent move from the GFATM, GAVI and the World Bank to merge their efforts in strengthening health systems. On the World Bank website you will also find extensive reports from the consultation held in Washington on this topic last month. We also included (again) the article from Julio Frenk on the need to reinvent primary health care.

This week, The Lancet has a large series of articles related to AIDS. We could not include all of them so please check online if you are particularly interested. If you havent read it so far,  we propose you to read the opinion written in March by Peter Piot, Michel Kazatchkine, Mark Dybul and Julian Lob-Levyt on the myths hanging around AIDS that is published in this week’s paper version. We also added a short comment on the need for PEPFAR to adapt its priorities to include the retention of patients benefiting from ART. The Lancet also publishes the results of an aborted trial on the risk of HIV transmission to female partner of circumcised HIV+ male and a comment on this research.

Finally, the UN Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) has published a report on counterfeit drugs in West Africa.


I apologise if you find some mistakes in this text as my preferred editors are absent today.

Best Regards.


David Hercot & on behalf of Wim Van Damme


Obama’s Global Health policy

1.      KFF – Obama addresses Ghana’s parliament, reiterates U.S. global health initiative

2.      A C-Change in Presidential Rhetoric: Compassion to Conscience and Common Interest

By Ruth Levine

3.      Guardian – Send in the accountants

Paul Collier

Funding Aid

4.      IRIN – GLOBAL: Falling family planning funding threatens poverty fight

Health System Strengthening

5.      Wedding Bells for GAVI, the World Bank and the Global Fund?

By Ruth Levine

6.      Lancet – Reinventing Primary Health Care

Julio Frenk


7.      Lancet AIDS: lessons learnt and myths dispelled

Peter Piot, Michel Kazatchkine, Mark Dybul, Julian Lob-Levyt

8.      Lancet PEPFAR’s biggest success is also its largest liability

Peter Navario

9.      Lancet Circumcision in HIV-infected men and its effect on HIV transmission to female partners in Rakai, Uganda: a randomised controlled trial

Maria J Wawer, Frederick Makumbi, Godfrey Kigozi, David Serwadda, Stephen Watya, Fred Nalugoda, Dennis Buwembo, Victor Ssempijja, Noah Kiwanuka, Lawrence H Moulton, Nelson K Sewankambo, Steven J Reynolds, Thomas C Quinn, Pius Opendi, Boaz Iga, Renee Ridzon, Oliver Laeyendecker, Ronald H Gray

10. Lancet Male circumcision and HIV risks and benefits for women

Jared M Baeten, Connie Celum, Thomas J Coates


11. Fake medicines in West Africa a health risk for all


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