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After Montreux, we reckon one of the ways forward for the Emerging voices and other voices from the South is to turn our somewhat sleepy IHP blog into a blog with Voices from the South on a regular basis. The idea is to select every week maximum two or three blog posts that discuss current global health policy issues, preferably from the perspective of people on the ground. We want to limit the number of posts to a few every week, as otherwise these posts might fail to attract enough readers. Hopefully these posts will spark a good discussion. You can comment on the points made in the “kick-off” blog post, as much as you want. We strongly encourage you to comment immediately on the blog, not through emails. When the discussion fades out, we will try to summarize the key points and refer to them in the newsletter.
This week we started with a discussion on a Global Fund for health. Another discussion we intend to initiate shortly, based on a request from an Emerging voice, is the one on ‘sustainability of extended Community Health Insurance – is this a long term solution?’ Stay tuned. If you have good ideas for another timely blog discussion, let us know. Obviously we also welcome French contributions on the blog.
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Enjoy your reading.
1. WHO annual report
WHO’s annual World health report gives governments practical guidance on ways to finance health care. Taking evidence from all over the world, it shows how all countries can modify their health financing so more people get the health care they need. The report was inspired by a number of background papers, three of which were written by colleagues.
A few weeks earlier, the International Labour Organization published – for the first time – a World Social Security report (PDF, 6,3 MB). The report included a section on social health protection coverage.
2. Plos Medicine – Which Path to Universal Health Coverage? Perspectives on the World Health Report 2010
Sara Bennett, Sachiko Ozawa, Krishna D. Rao; http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001001
Sara Bennett et al. write that the World Health Report could have been more specific on the paths to take towards UHC.
3. Lancet – Striving for universal health coverage
A Lancet editorial says the launch of the WHO annual report in
On the CGD website, Amanda Glassman is happy with the report’s focus on health system inefficiencies.
4. IPS – Funding Cuts on Horizon for Global Health, AIDS
Matthew O. Berger; http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=53590
As a strong budget reduction seems likely in the near future,
5. Aidsspan – The Global Fund Should Move Now to Expand the Non-CCM Window
David Garmaise , http://www.aidspan.org/index.php?issue=133&article=2
Ahead of the GF board, this article raises the issue of the non CCM window. It pleads for a revision of inclusion criteria that would allow more support for marginalised groups that are often left out of CCM proposals.
6. BMC – Low coverage but few inclusion errors in
: a community-based targeting approach to exempt the indigent from user fees Burkina Faso
Valéry Ridde et al.; http://www.medsp.umontreal.ca/vesa-tc/indigents/BMC_Burkina.pdf
In the quest for the best way to increase access to care, this study shows that community based targeting of indigents is feasible. It is part of a larger set of publications on access for indigents that can be found here (parts in English, parts in French)
7. UNAIDS 2010 Report on the global AIDS epidemic
The UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2010 offers some encouraging news. According to Mead Over (CGD), part of the reason for this relatively optimistic outlook is due to the time horizon used.
8. Pope on condom use
This papal news was all over the press earlier this week. Condoms are justified in some cases to prevent HIV infection. As for the other cases, they’ll have to use their imagination.
Owen Barder http://www.owen.org/blog
Another excellent blog post from Owen Barder on why donor proliferation does not lead to better aid, in spite of what one would expect.
10. Guardian – It’s wrong to assume results-based aid will lead to a culture of quick wins
These days, the
11. Guardian – We’ve yet to kill off the
12. Guardian – EU aid for
Africa ends up in tax havens, watchdog claims
Hundreds of millions of pounds of EU aid for
13. Lancet – Stronger national public health institutes for global health
Thomas R Frieden, Jeffrey P Koplan; http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)62007-7/fulltext#
In line with the message from the Emerging Voices in Montreux, Frieden & Koplan
reflect in the Lancet on the importance of improving national public health institutes (NPHIs) in developing countries.
Health and Climate change
14. Lancet Comment in the series on Climate Change and Health
Ian Roberts, Robin Stott; http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)62106-X/fulltext
In the run-up to the UN Climate Change summit in
There are several other climate change related articles in this week’s Lancet issue.