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.
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.
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 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;
Can contracting with private health providers increase coverage of basic health services among poor populations? According to April Harding of the World Bank, who spoke today at a packed CGD seminar today, the answer is a resounding â€œyes.â€ April presented work that she and colleague Benjamin Loevinsohn have done to examine 10 experiences in contracting for health in the developing world, including the cases of Cambodia, Pakistan, Haiti and other countries.
Raging debates about the need for evidence-based funding and programming in public health persist, especially in the area of HIV/AIDS. Yet few efforts have assessed and documented interventions in a systematic and comprehensive way.
According to the Associated Press, Russiaâ€™s recent classification as an upper middle income country by the World Bank means that the nation is no longer eligible for multi-lateral assistance for HIV/AIDS, including new grants from the Global Fund. The country will continue to receive disbursements from on-going grants (approximately $250 million over the next 5 years) and other bilateral sources, including the U.S. Government.
The untimely death of Dr. Lee Jong-wook, Director General of the World Health Organization, after emergency brain surgery has surely left the delegates to the just-opened World Health Assembly reeling. We respectfully acknowledge the many contributions of Dr. Lee, an early campaigner against TB in the developing world, and note his passing with sorrow.