This week Hillary Clinton held a speech on Obama’s Global Health Initiative in front of faculty and students of the Johns Hopkins School, drawing attention once again to the link between global health and foreign policy.
On the other side of the “strategically important” spectrum, are
Finally, in news related to the recent African Union Summit, no doubt you remember that African politicians committed themselves to a lot. The African Public Health Alliance and the 15%-plus campaign now released a public statement suggesting six key areas that need to be addressed when heads of states go back to their countries and instruct their staff to implement the commitments.
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1. Global Health
Europe – What does global health have to do with foreign policy? Hillary Clinton: “everything”
David Gleicher ; http://bit.ly/atFQP0
Gleicher comments on
Review: 15% Campaign Welcomes Restatement of Financing Commitment-Identifies 6 Key Policy & Budget Priorities Summit
The African Public Health Alliance and the 15%-plus campaign just released a public statement giving a summary of the key commitments made during the African Union summit (including the recommitment to the
3. Global Health
Europe – Discussion on the future financing of the WHO
Global Health Europe; http://bit.ly/aubfxZ
Global Health Europe gives some background on the ongoing discussion about the role and future financing of the WHO. In the consultation launched by Chan, 18 strategic questions are grouped under eight main headings: WHO’s core business; health and development; partnerships; WHO country support; technical collaboration; implications for WHO governance; priority setting and communication; and finally, implications for financing. Global Health Europe would like to extend the discussion to stakeholders beyond the WHO member states.
4. Owen – INNOVATION AND PRIZES
Owen Barder; http://www.owen.org/blog/3580
Owen Barder discusses last week’s article in the Economist on the use of prizes to promote innovation. He argues that the article should have better explained how incentives work and why the current arrangements are not doing a good job of creating incentives for innovation that benefits developing countries. He compares patents and the Advanced Market Commitment initiative to illustrate his case.
As for the numerous “innovators” among you, we suggest you read this satirical blog post.
5. Blog 4 global health – Researchers working together ?
A blog post on the Blog4Global Health shows the three different views scientists had at the Vienna AIDS conference on equity in the relationship between researchers from developing countries and those from high-income countries.
6. Lancet – Expansion of cancer care and control in countries of low and middle income: a call to action
Paul Farmer et al.; Full Text
Farmer et al. challenge the assumption that cancers will remain untreated in poor countries, and point out the analogy with similar arguments from more than a decade ago against provision of HIV treatment. We hope they will be proven right by 2020.
7. Globalhealthpolicy.net – Mutual accountability – an idea on the brink
Andrew Harmer; http://www.globalhealthpolicy.net/?p=166#more-166
Harmer explores the idea of ‘mutual accountability’ and sees a worrying trend emerging.
8. Plos Neglected Tropical diseases – Interactions between Global Health Initiatives and Country Health Systems: The Case of a Neglected Tropical Diseases Control Program in
Anna Cavalli et al. ; http://www.plosntds.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pntd.0000798
Some of our colleagues were involved in this research article on the interaction between NTD GHI’s and country health systems, in
9. Global Public Health – Understanding global health governance as a complex adaptive system
Peter Hill draws on complexity theory to give us an in-depth analysis of global health. We tend to agree that getting a picture of the global health world is quite difficult and a constantly moving target. Complexity theory is thus probably a suitable tool to describe global health.
‘s hunger crisis: a legacy of lessons unlearned Niger
Samuel Loewenberg ; Full Text
11. Effect of development assistance on domestic health expenditures
As could be predicted, Lu et al.’s article sparks a lot of debate. We include most of the letters and the authors’ reply. See for example here or here.
12. Assessing Strategy and Equity in the Elimination of Malaria
Shah shows why a malaria elimination strategy could actually end up increasing inequity.
13. Innovations for Global Health Equity: Beyond Open Access towards Open Data
In a well argued viewpoint, Veitch argues that we need to go beyond open access publication and repositories; data sharing is necessary as well. The WB’s new Open Data Initiative is one model, but plenty of challenges remain.