You can read the Editorial on Drought in the Horn of Africa and EU Global Health here


Global Health Policy

1. Saving lives at birth – A Grand Challenge for Development

You might have heard of this initiative by USAID, Gates and World Bank before. They have been looking into (technological- you know Gates is in there) solutions to improve the survival of mother and neonates. It’s now time to go and to vote for your preferred project among the 77 finalists and this before the 27th. I tried myself to vote for the project of my colleagues named “Ultrasound4Africa!”. A nice project I really encourage you to vote for by the way. Though, I found some issues while I was trying to vote myself. I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.

2. WHO warns against the use of inaccurate blood tests for active tuberculosis

It’s the first time WHO clearly comes up with explicit ‘negative’ policy recommendation against a practice widely used in tuberculosis care”. That sounds a good move.


Elsewhere they pretend that they are now better prepared for the next flu pandemic. Hope they took some lessons on how to not over do it this time. Not sure they did. KFF, citing Reuters, reports the international production of seasonal flu vaccine is predicted to double to 1.7 billion doses by 2015, with approximately 37 manufacturers worldwide potentially able to triple that amount to 5.4 billion if a global influenza pandemic occurs.


3. MMI-WHO reform: The consultation has started

MMI has put together a nice page to start from if you want to contribute to the WHO reform consultation.

4. Humanosphere – World Bank interactive data map, wonk treasure trove

Tom Paulson;

Tom Paulson give a small comment on the huge amounts of data the World Bank is putting on the public space and the large amount of valuable information that is probably to grasp there.

5. Tales from the Hood Humanitarian Aid 101: #2 – Aid is never simple.

I do support those who take some time to reflect on what aid and INGOs is all about. In this case I liked the discussion on “no, aid is not simple”. It does provide some insight on how “the” American’s people brain function with regard to the simple-complex debate in aid. And as Americans tend to have a large influence on what Global Health is about, it’s good to know.


There has been a lot of blogs and news about the International Aids Conference in Roma this week. I wasn’t there. So I recommend you to read Sarah Boseley’s for an overview of what has been said. You can also read Tom Paulson who argues that nothing we didn’t knew already is being said there. It’s just an opportunity to call for more prevention and more money. And when we speak about prevention there is a lot of hope put into the ARV as prevention strategy but also as we hear from time to time, renewed hopes for a vaccine. AFP has some good reports on progress according to KFF.

6. Antiretroviral Treatment as Prevention

S.M. Hammer;

Hammer provides an interesting discussion summarising somehow the findings of the trial on HIV as prevention.

7. AFP – ‘Funding gap’ imperils science exploits, AIDS forum hears

AFP gives an interesting overview of the conference. Science is going forward at high speed now with evidence on treatment as prevention for example. But money is lacking behind.


8. Science Speaks – Access to HIV drugs: The good, the bad and the unmet need

Science speaks presents some highlights from the new report by MSF on access to HIV drugs. If we can be happy of continued reduction in prices of generic drugs and the positive developments in patent pooling with the decision of Gilead to join the pool, there are some negative news for middle income countries who do not benefit of discount programmes.

You can read the MSF report here.

Vaccines and infectious Diseases

We have contrasted news today on the side of vaccines and diarrheal infections. On the one hand we have to be happy of the launch of a Rotavirus Immunization Campaign. On the other we get alarming signals from DRC where Cholera and measles are killing hundreds. It’s a bit annoying I find because Cholera needs sanitation and measles vaccine to be prevented which are two effective and low cost interventions. We – the national government and the global health crowd- aren’t able to organise those services for the people out there.


I don’t know if we needed an independent group of health experts to tell us that the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. But if you ask, that’s their conclusion.

Emerging Voices

9. Research capacity for institutional collaboration in implementation research on diseases of poverty

M. A. Gonza´lez-Block, E.M. Vargas-Rian˜o,N. Sonela et al.;

This article by Gonzalez et al. is in line with our project at the Institute as it reviewed the evidence on institutional collaborations between academic institutes to improve implementation research. They found that networks are still loose and many are Northern driven mainly. But they identify interventions that could be of interest.

10.    Cuban Journal of Public Health – contribution of the civil society to the building of equitable health systems

Román Vega Romero & Mauricio Torres Tovar;

This article published in Spanish presents evidence of the contributions of civil society to improved health and improved equity in Health. There is an abstract in English though.

Development and Aid

11.    Why are people demonstrating?

Mark Tran;

As anti-government protesters take to the streets of Malawi’s major cities and towns, Mark Tran

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One Response to IHP newsletter 127

  1. admin says:

    We got this comment on the so called “WHO ban on TB”. We do publish it anonymously as requested by the author. I do agree that the communication game gets things said that might look attractive for a reader but that aren’t accurate. Thanks for warning us.
    David Hercot

    Dear friends,

    Regarding “WHO warns against the use of inaccurate blood tests for active tuberculosis”, the publicist at WHO really mucked up this time.

    The WHO policy says: “these tests should not be used”.
    The WHO press release says: “WHO is urging countries to ban the … blood tests”.
    The Reuters headline says: “WHO seeks ban”.

    There is no WHO advice to ban anything. And it is rubbish to write that it is the ‘first time’ that WHO or StopTB has offered ‘negative guidance’. Anyone can see as much negative guidance as they want by glancing at .

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