Dear Colleagues,
In this week’s selection we propose you first a series of articles on global health financing. With the upcoming G20 summit in Pittsburgh later this month, civil society is unsurprisingly pressing for more money for global health. Health activists seem to have overcome their internal disagreements and jointly acknowledge now that the pie should be made larger rather than divided in another way. Elsewhere, in an editorial in Health Policy and Planning, Mc Coy analyses the findings and recommendations of the high level taskforce on innovative international financing for health systems. In this week’s Lancet issue, Nugent underlines the insufficient space given to non communicable diseases inRavishankar’s article and in the aid community in general.
On global health initiatives, a group of experts support the statement made in Venice on positive synergies between global health initiatives and health systems. The BMJ reports on a recent publication by WHO that shows big discrepancies in the amount of healthcare aid provided to different countries and diseases (unrelated to the levels of need). The Kaiser Family Foundation gives an update on the WHO regional meeting that is being held in Kigali this week.
The US Health Care reform has again been omnipresent in the American press this week. Even conservatives are now starting to express concern on all the uproar and slogans and lack of serious debate, while Democrats wonder whether bipartisanship is still possible in the current situation. We selected a piece by NYT columnist David Brooks, in which he advocates a fundamental reform (instead of the incremental reform that seems more likely now).
As for infectious diseases, in an editorial on tuberculosis control, our
colleagues fromITM suggest that the global targets that have been set for tuberculosis control should be adapted to the local context. The Lancet published
a research paper on malaria control
through house screening as well as a
comment by Gimnig on these findings.
Still in the Lancet, an editorial suggests that a window of opportunity might open for South Africa’s healthcare through the nomination of Dr Motsoaledi as Minister of Health. Finally, we include a viewpoint on the need to rethink the responsiveness requirement for international research.

Enjoy your reading.

David Hercot, Kristof Decoster, Josefien Van Olmen & on behalf of Wim Van Damme


Global health financing

1. The Guardian – G20 urged to tax financial deals to fight poverty and Aids.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/27/g20-tobin-tax-poverty-aids

2. Health Policy Plan. – the high level taskforce on innovative international financing for health systems

David Mc Coy ;
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/24/5/321

 3. Lancet – Non-communicable diseases and the Paris Declaration

Rachel A Nugent, Derek Yach,
Andrea B Feigl ; go to fulltext

Global Health Initiatives

4. Lancet – Venice Statement on global health
initiatives and health systems

Rifat Atun, Mark Dybul, Tim Evans, Jim Yong Kim, Jean-Paul Moatti, Sania Nishtar, Asia Russell go to fulltext

5. BMJ – (on new WHO report) Health aid is not distributed according to need, WHO says


go to fulltext

Financial crisis

6. KFF – Despite Financial Crisis, Africa Must Focus On Health, Rwandan President Says At WHO Regional Meeting

go to website kff.org

US Health Care reform

7. NYT – Let’s get fundamental

opinion piece by David Brooks ;
opinion piece on NYT

Infectious disease

8. Int J Tub Lung Dis – Universal tuberculosis control targets: not so smart

Matthys, F.; Van der Stuyft, P.; Van Deun, A ;
link to article

9. The Lancet – House screening for malaria control

go to fulltext

South Africa

10. Lancet – South Africa steps up

Editorial ; http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)61572-5/fulltext  

Research

11. Lancet – Rethinking the responsiveness requirement for international research

Rebecca Wolitz, Ezekiel Emanuel, Seema Shah ; go to fulltext

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