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All the Health that Money Can Buy?

Another day, another dollar for global health. Or another $300 million, as the case may be. With much fanfare at the Clinton Global Initiative, five countries (France, Brazil, Britain, Norway and Chile) committed to either levy taxes on airline tickets or find other sources to create UNITAID (formerly referred to as the International Drug Purchase Facility), which will be used to purchase generic AIDS drugs, as well as products to treat malaria and TB.

Measuring Commitment to Health

CGD's Global Health Indicators Working Group has just released its final report, Measuring Commitment to Health, which examines potential measures of a government's commitment to health in order to identify and recommend a set of indicators for consideration by donors as they assess country eligibility for funding.

Changing of the Guard: Hiring the New Global Health Leadership

So how many charismatic, visionary individuals with impeccable technical credentials are there out there in the world of global health? Let's hope there are at least three, and that they are all in the market for new jobs that offer non-stop opportunities for fundraising and political brinksmanship, along with a daily dose of staff malaise.

NY Times Endorses Advance Market Commitments

In an editorial today entitled "Vaccine Futures," the New York Times encourages US support for a pilot Advance Market Commitment. The vote of confidence in the new approach to stimulate private vaccine R&D vaccine manufacture follows on the heels of the July G-8 summit, where leaders failed to reach full agreement about creating a pilot AMC for vaccines against pneumococcal disease, a major cause of child death in developing countries.