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Video: Global Polio Eradication

Video: Global Polio Eradication

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.
Horton: Metrics Professionals, Human Rights Advocates Must Unite to Battle Development Inequities

Horton: Metrics Professionals, Human Rights Advocates Must Unite to Battle Development Inequities

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.
Some Good News on H7N9 but No Time for Complacency

Some Good News on H7N9 but No Time for Complacency

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.
World Bank Will Step Up Analytic Work in Support of Universal Health Coverage

World Bank Will Step Up Analytic Work in Support of Universal Health Coverage

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.
Leaders Re-Focus IHP+ to Improve Health Aid Coordination

Leaders Re-Focus IHP+ to Improve Health Aid Coordination

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.
Dr. Kim’s Prescription for Global Health

Dr. Kim’s Prescription for Global Health

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.
The Last, Best Chance for Global Polio Eradication?

The Last, Best Chance for Global Polio Eradication?

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.
President’s Malaria Initiative: Big Success from a Quiet Team

President’s Malaria Initiative: Big Success from a Quiet Team

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.
Our New iTunesU Course: Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term

Our New iTunesU Course: Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term

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.
Global TB Control Through Partnerships

Global TB Control Through Partnerships

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.
New Institute of Medicine Report on Illegitimate Drugs: A Moral Tragedy

New Institute of Medicine Report on Illegitimate Drugs: A Moral Tragedy

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.
The New State Department Office of Global Health Diplomacy: A Second Chance to Get Things Right

The New State Department Office of Global Health Diplomacy: A Second Chance to Get Things Right

The Office of Global Health Diplomacy offers the Obama administration a second chance, after costly stumbles in the first term, to get its global health policy right, especially in improving cross-agency coherence of U.S. international health programs and sharpening the vision for U.S. leadership in global health.

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