As the World Health Organization (WHO) ramps up concern about polio as a global public health emergency, India is taking nothing for granted. WHO officially certified the country as polio free in March this year, but the achievement was hard fought and health officials remain vigilant.
A new CSIS Global Health Policy Center video reviews progress made in the fight against polio and outlines the new strategy to get rid of the disease permanently. Additional in-depth analyses of the polio eradication effort are found at www.smartglobalhealth.org/polio.
Human rights and global health metrics experts should join together to ensure marginalized populations aren’t left out in the push for broad health gains, The Lancet editor Richard Horton urged June 17 at the Global Health Metrics and Evaluation Conference in Seattle.
For two months, the global health community has once again been on alert, watching closely to see if another pandemic is around the corner. Since March 31st, 131 cases (one in Taiwan, the rest in China) of avian influenza A (H7N9) have been confirmed, causing 36 deaths in China. Fortunately, only one new case has been confirmed since April, none since the first week of May. Given how interconnected the world is today, the situation also reinforces the value of helping other countries become more resilient in being able to prevent, detect and respond to these and other emerging threats - improving their ability to implement the International Health Regulations – and thus enhancing global health security.
The World Bank Group will increase its analytic work and health systems’ support as one of five measures it will take to encourage universal health coverage globally, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said this week in Geneva.
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim made a strong case May 21 for increasing alignment between donors and countries to improve delivery of health services, citing the International Health Partnership (IHP+) as a helpful vehicle.
Earlier in the week, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim delivered a rousing speech to the World Health Assembly, the annual week-long jamboree of global health leadership. It comes at a critical moment. Work is underway to draft a new set of fifteen-year millennium development goals that will guide work on health and development through 2030. With such great expectations of Dr. Kim from the health community, his comments this week help us see the path he’s choosing.
After 25 years of remarkable achievements and sometimes harrowing setbacks, a successful conclusion to global polio eradication could finally be within reach. Every effort should be made to capitalize on this promising moment: if we don't, the opportunity to eradicate polio may slip by.
While the giant PEPFAR program to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries gets a lot of attention in U.S. foreign policy discussions, a lesser known initiative to address malaria is achieving sustained, impressive results. The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), launched in 2005 by former President Bush, helps a range of countries prevent and treat malaria by providing them with technical guidance, programmatic support, and funding. Its model and achievements over almost a decade offer important lessons.
With the release of our Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term iTunes University course, we’ve received a few questions about how the course works. This is a quick 101 on the course’s basics.
On March 21, KNCV honored USAID for the agency’s contribution to the field of global TB control. Dr. Sharon Stash, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at the Global Health Policy Center, spoke at the awards ceremony and noted options for how the U.S. government can advance these global efforts.
The U.S. Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences recently released a new report on Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs. Commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it raises important, indeed frightening, concerns about the quality and reliability of medicines in the U.S. and other developed nations, as well as in low- and middle-income countries that often have weaker capacities, and proposes concrete steps in response.