This Health Affairs article examines GHI’s funding and other challenges. “Questions now being raised about the Global Health Initiative focus not just on funding, but on whether the program is broadening the U.S. foreign assistance portfolio on health, building countries’ health system capacities, and meeting other objectives. So far, the picture looks mixed,” the article states (Bristol, June 2011).
Programs, Funding & Financing
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday that “it has become a signatory of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which “means that grant information currently on the Global Fund website will be aligned to an internationally agreed set of standards” and “[f]inancial and grant activity…
Syndicated columnist and ONE senior adviser Michael Gerson, in a CNN opinion piece, reviews the documentary “Voodoo and Vaccines,” which he writes “shows how government and health officials have reached out to religious leaders, and how many traditional healers are now carrying a pro-vaccination message. They are combining a belief in traditional medicine with an acceptance of modern medicine. And this is benefiting the people of Benin.”
Recent improvements in health indicators in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “[i]n no small part, â€¦ are connected to the rollout of basic health services,” even at a time when the country’s economy is shrinking and its population is growing, Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes in his Foreign Policy column.
Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for increased investment in Sierra Leone during a trip to the country over the weekend, VOA News reports.
In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby describes accompanying Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her trip to Africa.
“The House on Thursday afternoon approved the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a 217-203 vote,” The Hill’s “Floor Action Blog” reports. A day earlier, the House “rejected several amendments from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) to cut the Food for Peace program, the International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program, and make further cuts to [the Women, Infants and Children program],” the blog notes (Kasperowicz, 6/16).
The Economist examines how “the past decade has seen changes in how vaccines are developed, financed and delivered â€“ solving, at least partially, the conundrum of the vaccine market: poor regions have ample demand for vaccines but little ability to pay for them. As a result, immunisation rates in the poor world have soared.”
“I can’t help worrying that, as donors slap themselves on the back over their generosity [shown through pledges to the GAVI Alliance] â€¦, their feelgood factor will turn into a warm glow of satisfaction at having played out their part. Problem solved,” Sarah Boseley writesÂ on the Guardian’sÂ “Global Health Blog.” “What…