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WHO Election Update

After the first day of deliberations, the field of candidates for WHO Director General has been narrowed down to five:

  • Kazem Behbehani (Kuwait)
  • Margaret Chan (China)
  • Julio Frenk (Mexico)
  • Shigeru Omi (Japan)
  • Elena Salgado Mendez (Spain)

Developing a New Health Strategy for the World Bank

While the Global Fund and WHO elections have received far more attention recently, the global health community would be remiss to underestimate the significance of the World Bank's own leadership search for a new Senior Vice President for Human Development.

What Can Developing Countries Learn from U.S. Health Care?

Well, besides what not to do. There is a new and active debate in the U.S. around whether the public sector should adopt a new method of paying health care providers, pay-for-performance, which is already being tried in the private sector to improve quality and efficiency of care. Paying providers based on performance in the U.S. system means that any provider, be they hospitals, single physicians or groups, gets reimbursed by the insurers based on process or outcome measures of performance.

WHO Virtual Hearing on IP & Innovation in Health

At the last World Health Assembly in May 2006, the WHO member states passed a resolution establishing an intergovernmental working group to "develop a global strategy and plan of action including to provide a framework to enhance research and development into diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries," which will meet for the first time December 4-8 under the leadership of Dr.