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What’s the Role of a Hospital?

In low- and middle-income countries, a hospital is often the first stop for citizens that experience illness, or the last stop when their health needs aren’t met by primary care. And as countries grow economically, the demand for quality health services at all levels will grow. 

Health Aid Eligibility and Country Income Status: A Mismatch Mishap?

Donors give arbitrary income lines a lot of power in determining funding allocation.  This issue is particularly true in the health sector, where organizations like the GAVI Alliance (GAVI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) determine how much support a country will get based on its income status.  But the income level of a country alone should not make a country ineligible or less eligible for donor funding – especially when estimates of such income levels can change overnight.

AIDS Donors and Patients Need the World Bank – but Only If It Is Hard to Provoke

Earlier this year, Uganda’s President signed into law an Anti-Homosexuality Act  that strengthens penalties against gay people and defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison.  If enforced to its full extent, the law is expected to endanger public health by handicapping HIV prevention and treatment efforts; already, the national police have raided and forced a US-supported HIV/AIDS treatment center to shut down.