The Secretary of the Treasury is a big, big job. Remarkably, an FT editorial cites 4 priorities for incumbent Hank Paulson. In addition to not talking up the dollar, reforming the IMF, and championing fiscal responsibility, Paulson should fight for full funding of the MCC.
CGD Policy Blogs
Even if you missed Part 1 of Frontlineâ€™s â€œThe Age of AIDSâ€ on Tuesday night (May 30, 2006), take a look at the website on the evolution of the virus. Itâ€™s everything you wanted to know about the virus, but couldnâ€™t necessarily find in one place.
Many funders of international development programs use indicators as proxies for good public policies and the ability of countries to use aid well. As an input to these efforts, CGD's Global Health Indicators Working Group examined potential measures of a government's commitment to health with the goal of identifying and recommending a set of indicators for consideration by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and other donors as they assess country eligibility for investment.
The World Health Organization has just launched the new Global Health Workforce Alliance to help countries improve the way they plan for, educate and employ health workers. Specifically:
The Alliance will seek practical approaches to urgent problems such as improving working conditions for health professionals and reaching more effective agreements to manage their migration. It will also serve as an international information hub and monitoring body.
The latest round of the Afrobarometer polling found that Africans are increasingly disenchanted with democracy. Two findings confirmed what we might have expected:
Late last week, the Vaccine and Related Biological Products advisory committee at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously endorsed the petition for Merckâ€™s forthcoming vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. The final decision from the FDA is expected on June 8 (see article in the Washington Post).
The effect of nurse emigration on the countries of origin is not that simple, despite yesterday's somber New York Times piece, "U.S. Plan to Lure Nurses May Hurt Poor Nations." Yes, the Philippines has been the world's top exporter of nurses for decades, but today it has more nurses than almost any other country in its income group.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a new $104 million grant to the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development in order to:
- Advance moxifloxacin into Phase III trials, with the goal of demonstrating its effectiveness for TB by 2010;
- Pursue nine pre-clinical projects and identify the best of these compounds for clinical studies;
- Work with policymakers, TB treatment providers and advocates to ensure that new TB drugs will be adopted and made accessible in developing countries;