CGD Policy Blogs

 

Realizing the Vision of Swasth Bharat through Fiscal Federalism in India

In his early days as India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi has shown remarkable leadership in all sectors, including health, for which he’s articulated his vision to create a Swasth Bharat, a Healthy India. Combined with two major policy windows—the proposed restructuring of the Planning Commission and the report of the 14th Finance Commission expected by the end of the year—the policy reforms under the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s mandate of “Universal Health Assurance for All” have the potential to be a game-changer for India’s neglected public health system.

Welcome US Action against Drug Resistance, but Livestock Loophole Remains

With the threat of antimicrobial resistance on the rise, we are heartened by President Barack Obama’s recent executive order that outlines a national strategy to combat drug resistance, including creation of an inter-agency task force to implement and monitor the plan.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 2 million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections each year and that 23,000 of them die.

Wanted: Better HIV Infection Data

UNAIDS recently convened a diverse group of experts to discuss how UNAIDS should go about estimating the post-2015 cost of the HIV/AIDS response.  Participants opinions varied on most topics: whether estimates should assess the cost of treating all HIV infected people as soon as they are infected (the “Universal Test and Treat” option) or that of a less ambitious treatment policy; whether spending on poverty reduction and gender empowerment should be included in the cost estimates and, if so, on how to cost these “critical enablers.” But on one question, there appeared to be virtually unanimous agreement:  donors and countries should increase the frequency, the granularity and the precision of HIV infection surveys.

How a Toilet Makes Everyone Taller

On World Toilet Day, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the toilet for not only saving lives – by reducing the risk of deadly diarrhea – but also for helping people to grow taller, a key measure of childhood malnutrition. Indicators of overall childhood well-being, height and weight tell us about the critical period of life when bodies and brains are developing.