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IMF Policies Harm Kenyan Health System, Report Says

According to a report released Tuesday, policies set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have restricted government spending on health services, “denying sick Kenyans access to drugs and quality healthcare,” Business Daily reports. The report — conducted by the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa in collaboration with Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium (KANCO) and Results Education Fund — argues that “expenditure ceilings on public health spending imposed in the ‘90s as part of the conditions for disbursing financial support to Kenya have held back progress in the health sector by restricting the recruitment of medical professionals.”

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog, Editorial Address Unsafe Abortion In Developing Countries In light of a recent Guttmacher Institute report that indicated 70,000 women in developing countries die each year from unsafe abortion, a Lancet editorial outlines ways to reduce deaths, and says, “The current political climate is favourable, because the global-gag rule (the…

Opinions: Pragmatic Vs. Moral Approach To Health Care Access; Pres. Bush’s PEPFAR

Rights Advocacy Not The Best Approach For Global Health “[T]he global campaign to equalise access to healthcare has had a surprising result: it has made global healthcare more unequal,” William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of its Development Research Institute, writes in a Financial Times…

Panel Discusses Future Of USAID, QDDR

While the “long wait for an appointment of” a USAID administrator continues, the agency’s future “was the main topic of interest” at a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports. Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew, Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter and acting USAID Administrator Alonzo Fulgham participated in a panel at the conference (Rogin, 10/14).

Innovative Financing For Global Health Issues Discussed At Nairobi Meeting

As more countries prepare to introduce a voluntary travel tax to help fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID and a U.N. special advisor on innovative development financing said at a recent event in Nairobi, Kenya, that “the airline levy gives participating developing nations an opportunity to contribute to treatment in their countries rather than depending on handouts from the developed world,” the Standard reports. “Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar and Mauritius are applying the airline levy, while Benin, Burkina Faso and Kenya have said they will introduce it,” according to the Standard.

Seeking ‘Predictable’ Funding Sources For Global Health

In the second part of her blog series on the future of global health, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses possibilities for upcoming global health funding outcomes, writing in her blog, “[T]he architecture of global health has been completely remade since 1990,…

Devex Examines U.S. Government’s Action Plan On Children In Adversity

“Six months after its launch, the U.S. government’s Action Plan for Children in Adversity lacks ‘teeth,’ child development and health experts told a Senate appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” blog reports. The blog post discusses the hearing, some of the challenges facing the action plan, including funding, as…

Nations, International Donors Must Keep Commitment To Ending AIDS

“Ghana is among the 29 African countries reported by the WHO to have been able to reduce prevalence of HIV and AIDS over the past decade,” Ghana President John Dramani Mahama writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “While we can be proud of our response, we must…

Rainy Season In Haiti Brings Warnings Of Possible Cholera Resurgence

As the rainy season threatens to begin in Haiti, health care professionals and relief workers are warning of “the risk of a renewed cholera epidemic that first struck in October 2011,” Fox News reports. “[E]very rainy season, the number of cases spikes, as polluted water levels rise in a country…