On Feb. 18-19, 2013, the World Bank and World Health Organization held a joint meeting in Geneva to explore ways that countries are progressing toward universal health coverage.
Infecting more than 1 billion people globally, the 7 major Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) cause blindness, disfigurement, anemia and cognitive impairment, and yet can be controlled or even eliminated by taking pills once or twice a year.
This past week, I attended a couple of interesting seminars at the World Bank’s Human Development Forum on how some mineral-rich countries have been able to translate their newfound riches into sustained economic growth, improved living conditions, and better nutrition, health and education levels for their populations.
I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy G. Evans as the World Bank's Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, effective as of June 23, 2013.
The debate in the United States on how to change a health system that is geared to treat illnesses to one that focuses on preventing people from getting sick stirred my curiosity on how companies can improve employee health. After all, employees spend most of their waking hours at the workplace.
The global health community is abuzz about the results of the latest Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD 2010) launched earlier this month. While experts will continue to debate the methodologies used to derive estimates of disease and mortality for 187 countries, and to assess 67 risk factors, the study’s conclusions still carry important messages for the World Bank’s work in health.
Unprecedented progress, promise and challenge mark World AIDS Day 2012. Science has given us the tools to defeat the deadliest epidemic of our age, and we dare envision – with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – an AIDS-free generation.
A number of recent innovations have increased the scope of climate insurance available for rural communities. For example, by using rainfall or forage cover instead of individual assessments, farmers and pastoralists have the option of insuring a portion of their livelihoods. A range of schemes have been attempted to provide a similar level of coverage for out-of-pocket health expenditures to workers in the informal sectors.
In the face of budgetary limitations, constrained international aid, and competitive demands from different sectors, how can those of us working in the health sector make a strong case to finance ministers that public investments in health are as productive as public investments in, say, infrastructure or agriculture?
Last week's 2nd Global Symposium on Health System Research in Beijing made me think: Could a global tool for assessing health system vulnerability help to strengthen health systems and move toward universal health coverage in countries? Who would use this tool, and how?