Amanda Glassman

1 Study finds ‘free’ health care DOES improve health outcomes

In the increasingly heated debate swirling around the global movement for Universal Health Coverage, the experts are dueling over some pretty equivocal data. If the poor have free access to health care, does their health improve? Some say the evidence isn’t there. But is this debate missing the forest for the trees?

0 What global health needs is more (value for) money

The Global Fund was, and is, one of the most hopeful, compassionate and impressive things the international community has done in a long time. That’s why it’s being celebrated in and around the grand UN confab this week. That’s why some cheered when Britain announced it would give another $1.6 billion this week, and it’s also why some are clamoring for even more funds – since many millions more are still not reached. But like most things we humans do when we rush in to fix something, it was also seriously flawed.

1 Global health spending is stable, non-communicable diseases neglected

Some of the world’s leading global health number-crunchers, at the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, wanted to know if a perceived slowdown in what had been a rapidly increasing war chest for fighting diseases of poverty represented The End of the Global Age for global health. Funding has…

1 Stop saying silly things like Dr. Jim Kim is ‘anti-growth’

Analysis President Barack Obama’s nomination of renowned physician activist Dr. Jim Kim to become head of the World Bank is controversial — apparently because he’s both a physician and an outspoken advocate for a particular approach to fighting poverty. This has led all sorts of development experts — most of…

0 Did the week-long World Health Assembly accomplish anything?

World Health OrganizationWHO At the close of the week-long meeting of the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, it’s worth asking what was accomplished in Geneva to advance global health. The WHO, which is supposed to set priorities and establish guidelines for the international community’s…