Dear Colleagues,

With the upcoming UN meeting on climate change in New York, expert groups, civil society and activists from all over the place are putting pressure on policymakers. Indeed, there is no time to waste, as Ban Ki Moon himself mentioned in an opinion piece in the NYT, after having witnessed in horror melting glaciers on the Arctic. By way of example, in this week’s Lancet, we selected two articles coming from the medical community, discussing the links between climate change and health.

This week, we also propose you two more general reports on aid effectiveness, both assessing the impact of emerging non-OECD donors on the traditional donor policies.

On global health we wanted to inform you of what’s hot on the net. First, the World Bank, GAVI and the GFATM have released a note on the progress made toward a joint health system strengthening platform as requested by the high level taskforce from the IHP+. Second, there is the 9th Economic Governance for Health newsletter with some interesting articles on international financing. See below for the titles. And last but not least, the Financial Times now launched a thematic group on global health issues which also regroups lots of interesting links. We encourage you to have a look at their website, that is, if your connection isn’t too bad. Otherwise, we’ll keep you posted on most interesting articles.

Finally we included two articles on access to care. IRIN presents a report that has studied the price of ARVs across countries that shows unexplained discrepancies. And 60 civil society organisations, among others Oxfam and AfGH, have launched a call to ensure free access to care for vulnerable groups in at least seven countries: Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

Enjoy your reading.

David Hercot, Kristof De Coster & Wim Van Damme

Health and Climate Change

1. The Lancet – Politicians must heed health effects of climate change

2. The Lancet – Health and Climate change

Aid Effectiveness

3. ELDIS – What effect will emerging donors have on ‘traditional’ donor policy?

S. Grimm; J. Humphrey; E. Lundsgaarde ; Presentation on Eldis or the

document on (PDF, 43 p, 730 Kb)

4. Non-DAC donors and reform of the international aid architecture

By Lama Hammad and Bill Morton ; document (pdf, 5p, 67 Kb)

Global Health

5. World Bank – Health System Strengthening : Moving towards joint programming and funding platform.

6. Economic Governance for Health newsletter:

  • Tobin or not Tobin? That is the question… – Find out why the Tobin Tax has resurfaced as a way to respond to the crisis in funding for the health MDGs
  • $10 billion financing gap to scale up the health MDGs – read about the data behind the numbers
  • The IMF needs more than guidance and support: it is time for a complete overhaul – Why EG4H is against a Global Economic Council for the IMF
  • Just Out! Links to the latest writing and events on economic governance for health

EG4H’s 9th newsletter and EG4H’s website

7. Financial Times – special report on Global health

The Financial Times’ health section published several global health reports that “focus on the diseases and healthcare issues that affect millions but are often absent from the health debate in rich countries.”

The articles cover a variety of topics including: the global tuberculosis burden and disease-related stigma; healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and South Africa; the effect of conflict on “already stretched healthcare systems”; insect-borne diseases; and the emergence of public-private partnerships to deal with neglected tropical diseases.

According to the Financial Times, the “increasing convergence of interests” between developing countries and the developed world “means there now may be cautious hope for the future” (Greenhalgh, 9/15).

Access To Care

8. IRIN – Countries pay widely varying prices for ARVs ; the report (PDF 391 Kb)

Commissioned by: aids2031 financing working group

9. AfGH – CSO’s call for free Health Care – your money or your life or download the report here. (PDF 879 Kb)

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