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The Arduous Path to Universal Health Coverage in South Africa

The Arduous Path to Universal Health Coverage in South Africa

Achieving universal health coverage is the Holy Grail for any national government serious about improving the health outcomes of its citizens. For South Africa, currently in the throes of devising a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the potential rewards are enormous.
Angela Merkel, the G-7, and an Uncertain Moment for WHO

Angela Merkel, the G-7, and an Uncertain Moment for WHO

Opening the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed the centrality of the World Health Organization (WHO) while calling for serious reform in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis. She emphasized that at the G-7 summit in the first week of June, which she will chair, three global health issues will receive serious attention: WHO reform; poverty-related tropical diseases; and antibiotic resistance.

WHO’s Chan Outlines New Response Capabilities

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan outlined Monday a series of measures aimed at improving the organization’s ability to respond to health emergencies. While WHO has been involved in a lengthy reform agenda over several years, the Ebola outbreak highlighted the organization’s shortfalls, particularly in the areas of rapid reaction, accountability, and communications, and at all levels.
Rubella and the Power of Vaccines

Rubella and the Power of Vaccines

In many cases, rubella is asymptomatic or produces a mild rash. When rubella is contracted by a pregnant woman, however, the developing fetus may suffer from congenital rubella syndrome (CRS)—often resulting in deafness, eye abnormalities, heart disease, or other conditions. According to PAHO (PDF), before elimination efforts began in the early 1990s, CRS each year affected more than 20,000 births in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Maternal Healthcare in South Asia as the MDGs Wind Down

Maternal Healthcare in South Asia as the MDGs Wind Down

Earlier this year Oxfam-India convened a two day workshop in Kathmandu to reflect on the status of maternal healthcare in the South Asia region as the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) wind down at the end of 2015. Participants included representatives from government agencies, NGOs, medical professions and universities.
Discussing Community-Level Challenges in the Ebola Response

Discussing Community-Level Challenges in the Ebola Response

On April 21, 2015, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, in partnership with the Skoll Global Threats Fund and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted the Ebola Innovation Summit in San Francisco.
The Road to Iqaluit: The Arctic Agenda on the Eve of the U.S. Chairmanship

The Road to Iqaluit: The Arctic Agenda on the Eve of the U.S. Chairmanship

As the U.S. now begins its chairmanship for the next two years, the Arctic Council will continue its focus on addressing the effects of climate change, strengthening ocean stewardship and maritime safety, and improving the health and well-being for those who live in the Arctic region.

Health Cooperation In The New U.S.-Cuban Relationship

Four months after the surprise announcement of his determination to normalize relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama is rapidly translating that wish into reality, with the cooperation of Cuban counterparts and widespread support among Americans.
Japan’s Wakefield Moment?

Japan’s Wakefield Moment?

On the occasion of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Washington, D.C., we want to register our unequivocal support for the many Japanese medical and health professionals who are advocating for the reinstatement of a proactive recommendation of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, which was suspended in Japan in June 2013.
Video and Event Shine Spotlight on Family Planning in Senegal

Video and Event Shine Spotlight on Family Planning in Senegal

Anta Ba is a 26-year-old woman living in Guédiawaye, a poor urban area of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. In a new CSIS video, Anta explains why she decided to access family planning, despite her husband’s opposition, and why these services matter for her own life and for women’s health and empowerment in Senegal.
“An Emergency that Requires Risk Taking”

“An Emergency that Requires Risk Taking”

“The very progress we’ve made in HIV/AIDS over the last 20 years is at risk right now because of our lack of engagement with young women.”
Traffic and Sex on the Road to School

Traffic and Sex on the Road to School

I recently traveled to Tanzania as part of a CSIS delegation looking at the U.S.-Tanzania relationship around maternal health and child survival. Our first afternoon, we took a city tour with a guide whose encyclopedic knowledge of Tanzania set the stage for the conversations and site visits we would have throughout the week.

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