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Sierra Leonean Junior Doctor, Marina Kamara follows up on a suspected kidney infection in one of their patients.

As the World Health Assembly Convenes, Let’s Elevate Use of Economic Evidence on the UHC Agenda

Since Monday, leading health officials from around the world have been meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for the 72nd World Health Assembly. Over the course of eight days, country delegations are reviewing, discussing, and shaping the policies, strategies, and budgets of the World Health Organization for the coming year. Among the key topics up for discussion: emergency preparedness and response; polio eradication and transition; the effects of climate change on health; and an updated strategy for achieving universal health coverage.

A nurse at Merawi health centre in northern Ethiopia prepares a measles vaccine for delivery.

We Asked, You Answered: Reflections on the First Round of MVAC Feedback

In March, our team at the Center for Global Development and Office of Health Economics posted a consultation draft of a policy proposal for a Market-Driven, Value-Based Advanced Commitment (MVAC). The MVAC is a new mechanism that puts middle-income country governments in the driver’s seat to accelerate R&D for diseases that affect the world’s poor—specifically, the 10 million men, women, and children who develop tuberculosis (TB) disease each year and desperately need better therapies. 

Child receives immunization in Uttar Pradesh

Gavi Going Forward: Immunization for Every Child Everywhere?

In December 2018, the Gavi Alliance hosted a mid-term review to assess progress towards its core purpose: “reach every child everywhere with vaccines against preventable diseases.” The good news is that there’s been advances on new vaccine introductions, and an estimated 65 million children were immunized with Gavi-supported new and underutilized vaccines in 2017. The bad news? There is still huge variability on the measure that counts most for building herd immunity and reducing vaccine-preventable disease: full vaccination for age among children under 2 years old.

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How Will Donors Spend $170 Billion This Year and Next?

In 2019-20, donors will commit roughly $170 billion of public funding to an alphabet soup of international aid organisations, many of which their citizens may never have heard of. Each replenishment will be considered as a separate exercise, ignoring the reality that they are competing for limited donor resources.

A map of Nigerian conflict deaths in 2012 by state

Another Hidden Horror of 21st Century Conflict: Children’s Suffering

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize, awarded last week to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, calls attention to sexual violence during war and civil conflicts—a horror too often unstated and wished away. There’s another largely hidden horror the world needs to reckon with: the toll that civil conflicts, some so local that they rarely make the news, takes on children.

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The Road to Universal Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Will Be Paved with Tough Policy Choices

In a meeting in Salalah, Oman earlier this month, representatives (including ministers of health) of 22 countries in the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region reaffirmed their commitment to universal health coverage (UHC) by signing the UHC 2030 Global Compact, making the Eastern Mediterranean the first WHO region to do so. These countries are now obligated to accelerate their progress towards UHC, which is also a Sustainable Development Goal target.

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