Advocacy groups, UN institutions, scientific journals and other global health actors are all frantically preparing for the MDG+ summit later this year. Momentum is building, campaigns are being kicked off, calls for papers issued, emerging voices asked to contribute, etc. But the global health community is also closely watching Capitol Hill these days. For obvious reasons.
Enjoy your reading.
1. Lancet – DFID: a report card and a reappraisal
2. KFF – EU-India-Africa relations
Free-Trade Negotiations Could Limit Access To Affordable, Generic Drugs, Advocacy Group Says ; http://bit.ly/bpqo5O
While Indian and African representatives are discussing African development objectives, EU- India free trade agreements could hamper those efforts, at least in the field of access to (affordable generic) drugs.
3. CGD – GSK’s evolving business model – for profit and for greater good ?
Nandini Oomman; http://bit.ly/bVzi20
The Center for Global Development Blog examines GSK’s new business model that aims for long term sustainability and balance between making markets for the company and making drugs more available to the global poor.
4. KFF – GAVI Calls Meeting With Existing, Potential Donors
Later this month GAVI organises a back-to-back meeting with the GFATM to prepare replenishment. So far it has only secured 40 % of the $ 7 Billion needed. The
5. AFGH – Action for Global Health
launches national campaign on health system strengthening in developing countries France
On March 12, AFGH France launched a national public awareness campaign to strengthen Health systems in developing countries, in the run-up to the MDG+ meeting in September. It comes as no surprise that maternal health is a key focus.
6. KFF – Faith-Based Groups’ Experience Is A Good Investment For
Washington Times and Hill opinion pieces zoom in on US faith-based aid organizations. Both pieces tend to favor the use of these private voluntary organizations as they have lots of relevant expertise and a track record of effectiveness when delivering social services globally.
7. NYT – A Different Kind of Aid: Hand Out Money
Non conditional cash transfers to poor people in
8. Lancet – The health-related MDGs—an urgent call for papers
In the run up to the MDG+ summit, The Lancet launches an urgent call for papers on progress made towards the health-related MDGs. This is a unique opportunity to let emerging voices share their views on the scaling up towards MDGs. If you have an idea but would like support from peers, do not hesitate to join our ‘emerging voices for global health’ group at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe your ideas briefly. The deadline is June 25, so please react quickly.
9. KFF – U.N. Secretary-General Launches Report Aimed At Meeting MDGs By 2015
At a UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, Ban Ki Moon launched a report with an action plan to reach the MDGs by 2015. He did not mince words: “”Let me be clear: we need no new commitments here. We need only make good on the commitments that have long been in place”.