Blog Tag: AIDS

Health aid fighting wars, not AIDS?

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It is every donor’s nightmare that recipient governments end up spending aid on things that it was not intended for. The fashionable budget support approach gives up on this nightmare by leaving allocative decisions to recipients and rather concentrating on  strengthening the country institutions that make these decisions. But this does not mean that donors […]

Paying for Health in poor countries

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In too many countries access to basic health services is severely limited. Commitments for assistance from the international community are variable and provided for finite periods. Financial support of this kind doesn’t allow for the long-term investments needed to build a comprehensive health care system, such as infrastructure and training the necessary personnel. In the […]

Global Health: What would Barack do?

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As the American Presidential campaign heats up, it is good to see that candidates’ views on the US’s global health agenda is also getting some column space. Unsurprisingly global health is nowhere near as prominent in the McCain campaign as it is for Obama. Apart from supporting PEPFAR, McCain has been vague on other global […]

Paying for Safe Sex in Tanzania

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An innovative research proposal by the Center for Global Development to the Tanzanian government proposes to offer payments to women who repeatedly test negative for curable sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea and syphilis. They hope that reductions in unsafe sexual contacts will protect the women not only from the curable STIs but also from […]

Proof that democracy works? Health Services and Community-Based Monitoring in Uganda

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Recent research by Martina Bjorkman and Jakob Svensson for the Centre for Economic Policy Research investigatez the impact of community based monitoring on the quality and quantity of health services in Uganda. As communities began to monitor local health service providers, both the quality and quantity of health servicesimproved. One year into the program, Bjorkman […]

Are we spending too much money on AIDS?

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Roger England argues in a recent BMJ article that we spend more money on HIV/AIDS programs than the contribution of AIDS to the global burden of disease can justify. Predictably there have been some vehement and high profile responses to his article. In short England argues that too much is spenton HIV relative to other needs and […]

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