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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.

Development Goals and the Art of the Possible

The Copenhagen Consensus Project recently asked a group of 24 UN ambassadors and other diplomats to prioritize a list of 40 global development interventions. The US was there. Their interesting report places heath and sanitation on top, with education and hunger somewhat lower. Trade, financial, and environmental policies received lowest priority, due in part to political infeasibility.

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 Will The Millennium Challenge Account Pick in 2007?

Next Wednesday, the MCC Board will select countries eligible to apply for FY 2007 funding. With funding tight, four countries with signed MCC compacts failing the indicators test but pressing for exemptions, and two countries that might be chosen for political purposes, this year's selection round will test the MCC's adherence to its principles.