Dear Colleagues,

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In this week’s selection we provide first a few global health related news items that drew our attention.  In an interview with Reuters, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund, stresses that emerging powers like < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />China and others should now join the circle of donors. From the Economist we selected two articles: one article focuses on the new relationship that emerges between some pharmaceutical firms and generic drug companies, another piece analyzes the fierce political struggle around Obama’s health care reform plans in the US.

In the ‘Health systems’ section, an Equinet Newsletter editorial examines whether Global Health initiatives can act as a catalyst for health systems strengthening, and assesses the Lancet publication on the maximization of positive synergies, that appeared a while ago. This week’s Lancet features a comment on the need to strengthen public stewardship of mixed health systems. In an editorial in the July issue of Tropical Medicine and International Health, some ITM colleagues see a lot of agreement between three recent global health reports, both in terms of analysis and recommendations. Finally we also selected a timely update on the professional (work force) shortages estimated for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2015.

Our ‘Health Financing’ section comprises a contribution in the Lancet on a recent European Court of Auditors Special report, that evaluated the EC development assistance to health services in Sub Saharan Africa. For the people who would like some more detail on the earlier (also in this newsletter featured) Lancet article by Ravishankar et al., the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) now released its report on Financing Global Health 2009. We provide the executive summary here and the link to the full report.

Finally, the WHO Bulletin recently featured an insightful and in-depth analysis of the rise and fall of global health issues, as well as an editorial on the potential role of the new social media for public health.

Enjoy your reading.
Kristof Decoster on behalf of Wim Van Damme

Global Health news

1.  Reuters –  INTERVIEW-G20 should join ‘circle of donors’, Global Fund says


2.   The Economist – Big drug firms embrace generics



3.  The Economist – The politics of health reform. Friend or foe ?


Health systems

4.   Equinet Newsletter – Global Health initiatives as a catalyst for health systems strengthening ? (editorial)

David McCoy

5.   Lancet – Public stewardship of mixed health systems


Gina Lagomarsino , David de Ferranti, Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Stefan Nachuk, Sania Nishtar, Suwit Wibulpolprasert



6.  Tropical Medicine and International Health – Three global health reports: towards a growing consensus?


Claudia Hanson, Wim Van Damme, Monique Van Dormael, Dirk Van der Roost and Francisco Songane

7.  Health Affairs – Estimates Of Health Care. Professional Shortages In Sub-Saharan Africa By 2015

Richard M. Scheffler, Chris Brown Mahoney, Brent D. Fulton, Mario R. Dal Poz, and Alexander S. Preker

Health financing

8.  Lancet – Health and development financing in Africa.

Dominique Kerouedan


9.  IHME – Financing Global Health 2009: Tracking Development Assistance for Health (executive summary)

Nirmala Ravishankar et al.


Global Health and the political and media agenda

10.  WHO bulletin : A social explanation for the rise and fall of global health issues

Jeremy Shiffman



11.  WHO bulletin – What social media offers to health professionals and citizens


Christine McNab

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