We know we already covered the IAS conference of last week in Roma. But as we had a spy in the place we asked her to share some insider’s view for our editorial this week.
Enjoy your reading.
David Hercot, Kristof Decoster, Josefien Van Olmen, Basile Keugoung & Wim Van Damme
Global Health Policy
1.UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: addressing four questions
Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita, George Alleyne et al. for The Lancet NCD Action Group ; Fulltext
Building on an earlier paper published in April, the authors develop an argument in favor of a response of the Global Health Community to the Non-Communicable Diseases pandemic. They come back to the epidemiology of chronic diseases including the high burden of non-communicable diseases among adult populations (aged 15—69 years). They link the NCDs with the MDG goals. They argue that cost effective and feasible interventions exist (they mention three in fact (tobacco control, salt reduction and generic drugs for Cardiovascular diseases). And end up by saying that this needs crucial components to succeed – like leadership.
We are in the process of publishing a paper commenting on the discourse around quick impact interventions in Africa and it struck me how similar the discourse is with the one used by Child survival and Maternal survival experts and advocates. Receipt for success?
2.International Dental Journal – Global Public-Private Health Partnerships: lessons learned from ten years of experience and evaluation
Kent Buse, Sonja Tanaka ; full
One wonders a bit why this review of Global Health Partnerships lands in a dental journal. It nevertheless provides an interesting lecture of the strength and weaknesses of GHPs and proposes a way forward for them.
3.AFGH – AID EFFECTIVENESS : progress and the status quo of democratic ownership and meaningful civil society participation in the health sector
With preparations for the Busan forum intensifying over the coming months, AfGH has launched its most recent report on the meaningful participation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the health sector. The report explains how to improve CSO participation in order to ensure an inclusive approach of the ownership principle. PDF report (2,85 Mb)
4.Owen – More on the case for higher vaccine prices
Owen Barder owen.org/blog
This is the most recent post in a virtual debate between Owen Barder (also here) and on the other hand Oxfam and MSF on the price vaccine manufacturers should charge for vaccines in low and middle income countries.
5.Global Post – Global gag rule, reinstated?
Mariya KarimjeeJuly globalpost.com
Republicans in the US are again pushing against funding for organisation who consider abortion. The facts about the Mexico City policy, and what it means for women worldwide.
6.Will the Health Systems Funding Platform Coordinate or Complicate?
7.Global post – Global health programs slashed in House bill
John Donnelly ; www.globalpost.com
No good news for “The US – Global Health Initiative” in the 2012 appropriations bill. First budget discussions have delivered a budget in sharp reduction. The bilateral assistance account is cut by $3.5 billion from FY2010 levels, and is $4.8 billion below the FY2012 President’s request. Multilateral funding is also threatened? Notably World Bank. This is just a first step but Global Health activist aren’t optimistic given the current budget crisis in the US.
8.DIE -Call for papers – A new global development agenda after 2015?
DIE conference website
We are happy to include this call for paper in our selection. The organisers insist on having enough experts from the health sector.
During this conference, four issues will be addressed: (i) whether a new global development agenda after 2015 is needed, (ii) which topics and goals such an agenda should include, (iii) how progress towards these goals should be measured, and (iv) what the process of designing such an agenda should look like.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 September 2011.
9.GFO – Global Fund Reports Sharp Drop in ACT Prices in Two AMFm Countries
A new edition of the Global Fund Observer is out. It includes a few news on the corruption affairs going on at the GF. They also report some good news from the AMFm experience.
10. Owen Abroad – Famine and drought
Owen Barder owen.org
Owen Barder gives his perspective on the Situation in the Horn of Africa. And for him the situation is really bad. It’s time to give some money if you can. He also believes that famine is not to blame to drought or natural conditions but are manmade.
The AlertNet website published an article by George Fominyen asking why nobody is listening to Niger who has an alarming level of child malnutrition. Well we might guess at least one reason, there is only place for one catastrophe at a time on the headlines and with the situation in Norway, the Horn of Africa and the US soon, Niger scores very low on the scale of media attractiveness.
11. MEDICC – Health Systems in an Interconnected World: A View from Nigeria
Seye Abimbola MD MPhil:medicc.org
Seye Abimbola discuss the opportunities of a changing world and of countries with weaker health systems to research and implement future health systems.
His paper is included in a MEDICC special issue featuring a number of paper that were presented at the first Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Walter Flores who is rather an “Emerged Voice” is contributing to another paper on participatory action research.
12. Lancet – Sharing research data to improve public health: a perspective from the global south
Osman Sankoh, Carel IJsselmuiden, 25 others; fulltext
Commenting on a paper by Mark Walport and Paul Brest published in Feb this year, the authors bring a Southern perspective on the idea of sharing research data. The rights of the researchers in the South have to be protected.
Development & Aid
13. Guardian – Asian NGOs, awash with cash, ride a wave of economic growth
Cain Nunns ; guardian.co.uk
This article discusses the NGOs flourishing in Asia. It highlights how different their business model is compared to the rest of the world (the parts I know somehow at least: Africa, Europe and US).