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  • Reply to: How blockchain technology delivers vaccines, saves lives   1 week 21 hours ago

    Thank you for sharing this perspective on blockchain technology and its potential to improve pharmaceuticals and supply chain management in developing country settings. Supply chain management is indeed one of the most complex of the building blocks of any health system. Stock-outs due to poor quantification, procurement, storage, and distribution (particularly last-mile) are rampant in developing country settings. Blockchain technology is indeed a game changer in addressing these very chronic issues in supply chain management. I hope that the Bank can help to bring the benefits of this new technology to scale in developing country settings.

  • Reply to: The case for physical and mental wellness programs in the workplace   2 months 4 days ago

    Thank you, Patricio, for sharing this information and for the World Bank’s commitment to wellness in the workplace. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s recent comments about the importance of “investing in people,” including their health and education, is a call to action on behalf of the world’s future economic growth.
    Workplace mental health is absolutely a shared value proposition, with unmet needs felt not only at the national level in terms of lost competitiveness, productivity and wellbeing, but also at the corporate level in businesses of any size in terms of direct and indirect costs to employers. To help quantify this impact, One Mind Initiative at Work has developed a calculator that costs out the ramifications of depression to demonstrate to employers the business case for mental health promotion activities. Our research indicates for every dollar invested in workplace mental health, the return is three to five dollars!
    Oftentimes corporate leadership, while convinced of the evidence to act, remains at a loss for how to invest in mental health and have a meaningful impact. To guide them, we have developed a series of pillars for success. Among our best practices, employers should start with expanding access to mental health services through existing channels such as telemedicine and a collaborative care model. Employers should also call for value-based payment in mental health that incorporates outcome measures that speak to effectiveness of treatments rather than the cost of their use. Finally, employers must embrace the potential of digital tools and interventions to accelerate connecting the workforce to available services. One Mind Initiative at work has developed a charter for employers with a series of key commitments aimed at evaluating and implementing mental health initiatives. Please visit for more information and to use the cost calculator.
    Eliminating the stigma of mental health conditions, maximizing access to available services, and truly engaging managers as peer support specialists must be prioritized to fully address the negative impacts of mental health conditions on employers and put people in the workforce first. We believe each incremental step forward, and each demonstration of leadership that we make toward improving workplace mental health makes a difference – to the bottom line, to the corporate culture, and most importantly, to the employee who is now able to receive the support that he or she needs.

  • Reply to: Tobacco Tax Reform: At the Crossroads of Health and Development   2 months 5 days ago

    Great 'how to' article. The different interventions create multiple levels of inter-connectedness that help create the momentum to move forward. The section on building broad alliances resonates as a critical factor that is often not implemented with the same rigor as other interventions.

  • Reply to: The case for physical and mental wellness programs in the workplace   2 months 1 week ago

    Thanks for a great blog. The societal burden of mental health issues is exacerbated by non-detection, misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. If we add these costs to the productivity loss, we have an even high economic burden on society. This would necessitate including assessments on mental health systematically in health surveys in LICs and MICs. Some evidence for South Asia:

  • Reply to: The case for physical and mental wellness programs in the workplace   2 months 2 weeks ago

    Agreed. One 'behaviorally-informed' option is to proactively give people time set aside to deal with mental health. This has been successfully implemented for financial wellness: