Blog Tag: Health

Transparency for What? Do Governments Publish the Budget Information that CSOs Need?

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This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership. Access to budget information is a fundamental precondition for civil society budget work. When governments do not release detailed budget data to the public, it is impossible for civil society organizations (CSOs) and other […]

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 […]

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 […]

More African doctors to rich countries?

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Dean Baker at Beat the Press argues that the U.S.A. could fix its health care system by outsourcing its health care to countries that have more efficient health care systems. The CGD recently reported that by the year 2000, approximately 65,000 African-born physicians and 70,000 African-born professional nurses were already working in developed countries. That figure is much […]

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