Here's an idea that's easy to like: Set up a warehouse in Johannesburg stocked with AIDS drugs that can be shipped on an emergency basis to virtually any country in Africa when treatment program runs out of supplies.
CGD Policy Blogs
Amid talk of a global subsidy for anti-malarials (proposed by the Institute of Medicine and under consideration by UNITAID), Novartis recently announced that it would reduce the price of its artemisinin combination therapy, Coartem, from $1.57 to just under $1 by subsidizing its production by more than $10 million per year in order to increase access within developing countries.
According to the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, the short list of five candidates for the Executive Director of The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria includes (in alphabetical order):
The just-published issue of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism carries an essay by Ruth Levine, "A Cure for the Asian Flu," arguing that the international public health community may have a few things to learn from macroeconomists who work on financial crises. Odd as the parallel might seem, there's something to it.
Should the World Bank pour fewer millions into its impressive in house research work and divert the money thus saved to fund research at policy institutes and universities within developing countries?
In a recent CGD Note, Sarah Rose and I argued that the U.S. government should support the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), but only after several questions about the initiative were answered.
The Global Development Network has recently released a call for proposals to promote innovative health programs in the developing world. This $5.9 million project will generate much-needed impact evaluations and cost-effectiveness analyses of health-related programs from the developing and transition world with an aim to accumulate a body of rigorous, empirical evidence that can inform the decisions of national policymakers and international donors.
Health Affairs has just launched a new blog to bring their hallmark policy discourse online. We welcome the additional voice in the conversation, and hope that their blog - like their journal - thoughtfully addresses many global policy issues in addition to domestic ones.
On September 28 Freedom House released its 2006 Freedom in the World Survey. For the first time ever, it published the scores of the seven subcategories that are behind the aggregate scores of the Political Rights and Civil Liberties indexes which are used by the MCC as two of its Ruling Justly indicators.