It’s widely accepted nowadays that the ultimate goals of a health system are to improve the health conditions of the population; minimize the risk of impoverishment due to catastrophic health…

Patricio V. Marquez |

I am partway through a trip to the countries of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), where winter is settling in—snow in Tbilisi and Yerevan, and a raw wind on Baku’s seafront. It…

Owen Smith |

In the past decade we have witnessed a noticeable zigzag internationally on how to improve health system performance. While some have advocated for the primacy of primary health care (reinforced…

Patricio V. Marquez |

Timeline: AIDS at 30 Today is the most mixed World AIDS Day in our 30-year fight against this devastating disease. AIDS continues to reverse decades of human progress, particularly in Africa. As…

David Wilson |

The International Health Partnership (IHP+) has done an exceptional job the last three years in bringing together countries, donors, international financial institutions, civil society, the United…

Cristian Baeza |

It’s hard to say with much precision. Or at least that’s one of the main impressions you get when scanning a 2010 report on OECD health system institutional characteristics. The results are from a…

Owen Smith |

I was in Tbilisi last week for the launch of Georgia’s new five-year health strategy, "Affordable and Quality Health Care, " the first strategy since 1999. It’s a milestone in the…

Patricio V. Marquez |

My recent work in Azerbaijan convinced me that reforming medical and public health education programs is critical to revamping clinical processes and public health practices for effective…

Patricio V. Marquez |

Slideshow: At 7 Billion Mark, Reproductive Health Critical With the 7 billionth baby joining the planet, many of us are rightly concerned about the challenges posed by a growing population and its…

Cristian Baeza |

We in the global health community have been successful during the past decade in advocating for additional funding for health. We saw huge increases in development assistance for health, and our…

Cristian Baeza |