Dear Colleagues,
In the first issue of a new journal called International Health, Horton argues that the development of Global Health will redefine the roles of all stakeholders in the international health community; he hopes that this process will eventually culminate in an improved standard of health for all.
This week, there is a series in the Lancet on child and youth survival with one article on the global patterns of mortality in young people (a topic that is often neglected in the literature) and two articles on the toll of pneumonia. On the latter we included a comment from Rudan and Campbell on the renewed interest pneumonia receives on the global agenda due to epidemiologic research like this. And in the Lancet online, You and colleagues present the new report on child mortality and highlight the improvements realized both in terms of the methods to collect the data and the results themselves.
In the Lancet we also found an interesting article claiming that if AIDS activists and civil society advocacy groups want to be effective in their advocacy to scale up HAART, they need to continue to work together with the academic community, as the challenge is now the joint implementation of multiple interventions.
In the BMJ, Doshi argues that we need a new framework for thinking about epidemic disease, one that takes into account both the number of people infected and the severity of the clinical illnesses. The New Ledger points out the danger of local drug production (which aims to push prices for drugs further down) in some countries, using the QCIL example in Uganda. In America, Obama tried to regain the initiative in the health care reform debate by addressing Congress. We selected this week an insightful article from the Newyorker, in which Atul Gawande tries to find out what is going wrong in American health care. In McAllen, Texas, he finds plenty of answers.
Enjoy your reading.
David HercotKristof Decoster, Josefien Van Olmen & Wim Van Damme

Global Health

1. Global science and social movements: towards a rational politics of global health

Richard Horton ; The article on

Child and Young People Survival

2. Lancet – Global patterns of mortality in young people: a systematic analysis of population health data

George C Patton, Carolyn Coffey, Susan M Sawyer, Russell M Viner, Dagmar M Haller, Krishna Bose, Theo Vos, Jane Ferguson, Colin D Mathers ; 

3. Lancet – The deadly toll of S pneumoniae and H influenzae type b

Igor Rudan, Harry Campbell ;

4. Lancet – Levels and trends in under-5 mortality, 1990–2008

Danzhen You, Tessa Wardlaw, Peter Salama, Gareth Jones


5. LANCET – Beyond HAART: scientists and activists need to work together

Nathan Geffen ;

Epidemic preparedness – Influenza

6. BMJ – Calibrated response to emerging infections

Peter Doshi ;


7. The New Ledger – Will local production help Africa access drugs ?


Health Care reform in the USA


What a Texas town can teach us about health care.

Gawande,A. ;June 1, 2009;

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