Tag Archives: health system strengthening

Groups seek recognition of global health response “secret weapon”

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When people talk about the how life-saving medicine finally made it to poor countries, how tuberculosis patients far from clinics finished grueling treatment courses, and how 50 million or so newborns made it past infancy over the last 20 years because their mothers, and they, got the treatment they needed, the talk is often of […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

Dr. Mugyenyi Discusses Potential Perils of Health System Strengthening at the Expense of HIV/AIDS

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The most griping message from Dr. Peter Mugyenyi this week was, of course, his stories about HIV patients in desperate need of treatment being turned away, including pregnant and breastfeeding women who risked passing the deadly virus on to their babies. As director of Uganda’s Joint Clinical Research Center, the largest PEPFAR implementer in East […]

Getting Out of the Vertical Vs. Horizontal Box

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The November issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes offers something of a roadmap for how best to move forward, more productively and less bitterly, in the decades-old debate that pits diseases-specific health initiatives against broader efforts to strengthen health systems. With nearly 20 articles exploring the relationship between HIV scale up and global […]

An End to the Vertical Vs. Horizontal Debate?

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For decades, global health experts, policymakers, and others have been debating the merits of disease-specific initiatives versus broader efforts to strengthen health systems. It’s the old the vertical vs. horizontal argument. No one has settled that debate. But maybe we should stop asking that particular question. Or at least start asking some new ones.  “It’s not a […]

AIDS Programs & Health Systems–An Account from the Ground

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From antiretroviral drugs to bicycles, one program in Zambia is redefining the notion of integrated health services and care. The Global Health Council’s Vince Blaser blogged about the program, called RAPIDS, or Reaching HIV and AIDS Affected People with Integrated Development and Support, here. The program’s main focus in HIV prevention and treatment, but implementers […]

IAS: Investment in HIV Programs Has Many Good Side Effects

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As the 5th IAS Conference drew to a close, the society released a broad-brush statement summarizing some of the scientific and policy highlights of the meeting. The bottom line is that money spent treating and preventing HIV in the developing world also helps improve health and strenghten health systems. This is no small point at a […]

Kazatchkine Enters Fray of Health Systems vs. Global AIDS Debate

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Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said that the Fund and PEPFAR are probably the most significant players in efforts to strengthening health systems. Speaking after an International AIDS Society workshop on the impact of HIV program on health systems, Kazatchkine sought to counter arguments that HIV […]

IOM says US Should Commit $15 billion to Global Health by 2012

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In its much-anticipated report on America’s role in addressing global health, the Institute of Medicine called on President Obama to appoint a sort of global health czar and urged both the administration and Congress to invest $15 billion in global health by 2012. “Especially during this time when the global economy is under pressure, attention […]