This summer, an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Tuberculosis of the UK Parliament produced a report on research and development for diseases that affect poor people. This was admirable, except that the report has little to do with global health R&D and instead concentrates on radical changes to the system of patents and intellectual … [Read more...] about UK parliamentary report on R&D for neglected diseases focuses on …. medieval Venice
This week's Lancet brings an example of the very worst in medical publishing: trendy, misleading and meaningless. A short article tries to address a very important question: why do women in the Palestinian Territories continue to have a lot of children? Conventional wisdom, much loved by Hans Rosling and Bill Gates, is that improved child … [Read more...] about Being trendy matters more than making sense in @TheLancet #Palestine
The 2013 Commitment to Development Index (CDI) is out. The ranking, from the Center for Global Development, aims to say which rich countries have the overall best policies on development and which the worst. Unlike other indices, it doesn't just look at overseas development assistance ("aid") but at six other aspects of policy including technology, … [Read more...] about Which rich countries are best and worst in the way they treat poor countries?
At a private lunch last year, China's ambassador to the UK spent ten minutes answering my question about why China would not support global limits on greenhouse gas emissions. He is an excellent diplomat and it was a private meeting so I can't point to anything he said that deviated at all from the official policy. However, he spent five minutes … [Read more...] about Liconomics: Chinese #greenenergy to grow at twice the rate of general economy
It's been a hot week for popular discussions of overseas development assistance (ODA or "aid") in the UK . The trigger was a speech by Godfrey Bloom of the UK Independence Party in which he talked about "aid for Bonga Bonga Land" funding Ferraris and luxury apartments in Paris. Bloom is a frequently-drunken, always embarrassing Member of the … [Read more...] about Reactions to the Bongo Bongo Land controversy #aid #development
The Bullet of the World Health Organization has issued a call for papers for a themed issue on "BRICS and global health to enhance people’s understanding of the dynamics of health and development in BRICS countries and of how these countries contribute to global health, both by improving health outcomes in their own territories and by engaging in … [Read more...] about BRICS co-operation on health: where’s the beef?
This is one of those dense academic papers that might seem to use arcane processes to get at the blindingly obvious. However, there are gems of great information within it so we advise you to stick with it. Published in the May 2013 Globalization and Health, it's got the uncatchy title of Understanding how and why health is integrated into foreign … [Read more...] about Why do UK governments invest in global public health? Academic paper contains nuggets
“This one time, I was in a meeting of African health ministers, and they were being lectured by a group of very well-meaning Europeans and Americans (who, by the way, are very keen on lecturing Africans in general). Finally, the health minister of Cote-d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) had had enough of this,” Mark chuckles, “so he stood up and said, ‘It … [Read more...] about A Development Dilemma
Portugal is poised for a general strike to protest the austerity measures. Athens is cleaning up. British civil servants have been told that they can’t travel first class on the railways even if they use their own money to upgrade because it would send the wrong message. Across Europe (with the perennial exception of France), we are entering an age … [Read more...] about How come people in international development have not noticed the age of austerity?