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21 Jul 2017 description

Jeremy Konyndyk and Cindy Huang


16 Nov 2016 description

In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced polio as the next eradication target. Since then the polio eradication effort has become one of the largest public-private partnerships successfully eliminating polio in all but three countries: Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Despite no reported cases in two years in Nigeria, on August 11, 2016, the WHO announced two new wild polio cases had been discovered in Northern Nigeria.

15 Jun 2016 description

William Savedoff, Amanda Glassman, and Janeen Madan

Global health action has been remarkably successful at saving lives and preventing illness in many of the world’s poorest countries. This is a key reason that funding for global health initiatives has increased in the last twenty years. Nevertheless, financial support is periodically jeopardized when scandals erupt over allegations of corruption, sometimes halting health programs altogether.

05 May 2016 description

Amanda Glassman Vice President for Programs and Director of Global Health Policy Center for Global Development

Along with my colleagues at the Center, I have been watching the Ebola epidemic unfold in West Africa and keeping a close eye on the world’s response. As you know, this outbreak was unprecedented in scale and impact. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea endured a total of more than 28,600 cases of the virus and 11,300 deaths. The disease took a heavy toll not only on families, but also on the health systems and economies of the afflicted countries.

18 Aug 2014 description

As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa endures, some parallels are being drawn between the virus and HIV/AIDS. Both are spread by quite specific human behavior which is under conscious control: HIV by unprotected sex, Ebola by unsanitary burial practices, and both by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. However, with an incubation period of less than three weeks, Ebola progresses from infection to infectiousness more than 100 times as fast as untreated HIV. Thus, Ebola is like a pre-treatment HIV epidemic on steroids.

17 Jan 2013 description

By Victoria Fan

More than two years after the disease broke out in October of 2010, cholera still festers in Haiti. The disease has killed nearly 8000 people and infected 6% of the Haitian population. There has been much blame and ill-will placed on the United Nations (UN) for its instigating role in this epidemic, and indeed the UN likely played a necessary (but not sufficient) role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti, which then spread to other parts of the Caribbean (see Recipe Box at bottom). But more concerning is their slow and small response to the epidemic in Haiti.

19 Dec 2012 description

By Amanda Glassman in USAID, Vaccination

This is a joint post with Charles Kenny.

11 May 2012 description

By Victoria Fan in Evaluation, Monitoring, and Measurement. This is a joint post with Amanda Glassman and Rachel Silverman.

09 Feb 2012 description

In post-conflict Liberia, the National Health Plan set out a process for transitioning from emergency to sustainability under government leadership.

The Liberia Health Sector Pool Fund, which consists of DfID, Irish Aid, UNICEF, and UNHCR, was established to fund this plan and mitigate this transition by increasing institutional capacity, reducing the transaction costs associated with managing multiple donor projects, and fostering the leadership of the Liberian Health Ministry by allocating funds to national priorities.

01 Aug 2009 description

This paper describes the major institutional weaknesses in global nutrition and presents two recommendations to address the joint problems of incoherence, lack of institutional leaders, and persistent underfunding. First, within the domain of global health-where a significant part of the programmatic response rests-current and potential funding agencies at the international level could create a shared set of principles that lay out expectations for the coordination, coherence, and collaboration among institutions that currently do or might receive funding for global nutrition programs.

01 May 2007 description

Good planning and policymaking in the health sector require timely, accurate information about spending on inputs and services, as well as funding prospects in the near and medium terms. While some routine data are available on total health expenditure (divided into public and private spending) for most countries, more timely, complete, and detailed data are required for policymaking.