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CGD Blog Questions Whether Health Aid Actually Reaches Poor

The Center for Global Development examines a new report (.pdf) by the World Health Organization (WHO) that “argues that the poor should be prioritized under universal health coverage (UHC).” The blog questions WHO’s suggestions and states, “missing from all three points [of the report] is perhaps the most central challenge of…

Food Security, Malnutrition Worsen In CAR, U.N. Agencies Warn

Media outlets report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. News Centre: Urgent action needed to tackle food crisis in strife-torn Central African Republic – U.N. “A senior United Nations relief official [Wednesday] stressed the need to act quickly to assist people suffering from food insecurity…

HIV/AIDS Action Plan Released By European Commission

Vaccine News Daily: EU releases updated Action Plan to fight HIV/AIDS in neighboring countries “The European Commission released its Action Plan on HIV/AIDS on Friday that extends and builds on existing action established by the 2009-2013 Action Plan. The new plan puts greater focus on keeping HIV/AIDS as a priority…

Changes In Vaccine Distribution System Can Improve Health Of Children In Mozambique

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Bertur Alface, medical chief of Gaza Province in Mozambique, discusses changes in vaccine distribution and availability in the country. He notes, “It was not easy to convince policy makers in Gaza to change from a system that had been followed…

U.N. Appeals For Scale Up Of Health Funding In CAR

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. agency appeals for funding to scale up health response “With about half of the health facilities in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) having been looted, the United Nations today appealed for immediate additional resources to scale up efforts to meet the country’s significant…

Rohingya Deprived Of Medical Care After MSF Is Forced To Halt Operations In Myanmar

New York Times: Ban on Doctors’ Group Imperils Muslim Minority in Myanmar “Nearly 750,000 people, most of them members of a Muslim minority in one of the poorest parts of Myanmar, have been deprived of most medical services since the government banned the operations of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans…

Virtual Doctors Could Help Improve Uganda’s Health Care System

VOA News: Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care? “A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda’s poorly staffed health centers could be huge…” (Heuler, 3/12).

GAVI Takes Steps Toward Improving Data Verification

“…[W]e’re encouraged by the GAVI Alliance’s new application guidelines, which outline strengthened requirements for data verification of the immunization outcomes used for performance payments as part of its Health System Strengthening (HSS) support,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow with the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Kate McQueston, a program…

Research Collaborations Can Improve Health Care, Policy In Africa

PLOS Medicine: Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations Kathryn Chu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Sudha Jayaraman of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; and Patrick Kyamanywa and Georges Ntakiyiruta of the University of Rwanda “…Global health partnerships and international research collaborations have enormous potential to improve…