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Governing the global health system – a critical review.

If you’re a student of global health governance, you’ll recognise this graphic. It comes from a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, written by two well-known global health academics from Harvard, Julio Frenk and Suerie Moon. I introduce the article – Governance Challenges in Global Health – to my first year undergraduate students on our BSc Global Health. It’s a challenging read for them, but that’s a good thing. This year, a few of the students organised a reading group to discuss the article. I made a few notes of my own and joined in. Here’s what I think of the article.

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Honey, I’ve married a psychopath! The perils of partnership.

In his weekly ‘offline’ musings on global health Richard Horton huffed recently that he’d had an awkward conversation with Head of the Global Fund for Alcohol, TB and Malaria Peter Sands at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. I also bumped (literally) into Sands at a drinks reception at the same event. We shop at the same supermarket (Aldi) so he was totally fine about the spillage, which was good of him – bottled beer can stain so.

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Who’s funding WHO?

This post was first published on 5thJune 2012 but I’m reposting it now as an accompanying piece to my AC/DC: The shock of WHO funding. Not much has changed, as you will see. 

Michael Day posed the question ‘Who’s funding WHO?’ as the title to a piece he wrote in the BMJ five years ago. Then, Day was reporting on a relatively modest sum of money ($10,000) finding its way to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) via a third party charity. I pose it now not because I have a new scandal to report, but to draw your attention to two documents circulated as background reading for the just- concluded World Health Assembly – documents enticingly titled A65/29 Add.1 and A65/30. These documents tell you how much money the WHO received during 2010-2011, and from whom. They were also the subject of a bit of a spat last year in the magazine Foreign Affairs between Sonia Shah and Christy Feig. So, I approach a summary of the data with some caution. As Susan Strange once warned: Cave! Hic dragones!

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AC/VC: The shock of WHO funding

If you didn’t know, the World Health Organisation (WHO) gets its funding in two ways:

  • Its member states (MS) are committed to pay WHO assessed contributions (ACs), the amount being determined by that country’s wealth and population (i.e. the United States pays more than Tuvalu);
  • MS also pay voluntary contributions, as do a bunch of non-states actors (NSAs), the most generous of which is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Heineken has now left the building (or has it?)

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A leitmotif of global health – the fight between patients and profit

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The Global Fund and the private sector – An interview with Peter Sands

 

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Partnering with the alcohol industry – The Global Fund’s Mugabe Moment

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How does Coca-Cola do it?

This post was first published in January 2013. I’ve uploaded it here to accompany my post on the Global Fund’s partnership with Heineken.

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Walter Rees-Mogg’s rudimentary grasp of poverty

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