January 2012

Independent research & practical ideas for global prosperity 

Global Health Policy Update 
January 23, 2012

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Happy New Year from all of us at CGD’s Global Health Policy Team. This month we invite you to participate in our online survey and be part of our research in behavioral economics, we showcase our Priority Setting Institutions for Health working group, and we chat about the implications of the “new bottom billion” on global health. We also welcome Matt Schneider to the team. Matt joins us from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and will be working on HIV cost-effectiveness research with CGD research fellow Mead Over.


Amanda Glassman

Director of Global Health Policy

Behavioral Economics and Health Policy—Take our survey!

We invite you to participate in our survey, "Behavioral Economics and Health Policy in Low and Middle Income Countries." Combining economics and psychology to understand how and why individuals make choices, behavioral economics is becoming increasingly prominent in research and policymaking. To motivate future work in this area, we are exploring stakeholder views and beliefs on the relevance of these approaches to public health in developing countries. This survey was jointly prepared by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Global Development. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain open until January 30, 2012. It can be accessed at Behavioral Economics and Health Policy in Low and Middle Income Countries  (or at https://www.research.net/s/behpsurvey). Image: Flickr user/ Colindunn

Priority Setting Institutions for Health

This month, CGD takes its the preliminary recommendations of the Priority Setting Institutions for Health Working Group to Thailand, as part of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference.  On January 24, CGD--in collaboration with NICE International and HiTAP--will hold a side event entitled "Evidence-informed resource allocation, health technology assessment and basic packages of care: the missing link." The all-day event will feature a presentation of the working group and a discussion of the report’s preliminary recommendations. General information on the Priority Setting Working Group can be found here, and CGD blogs on the subject here.
Image: C. Frank Starmer

The New Bottom Billion and Global Health

In a recent working paper, Amanda Glassman, Denizhan Duran and Andy Sumner analyzed the implications of the new distribution of global poverty for global health goals. This month, we followed up with a brief outlining our recommendations to global health funders. This work was also featured on The Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog where we discuss the rationale for continued health investment in middle-income countries. Stay tuned for Amanda Glassman’s upcoming wonkcast on this issue this week.