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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 “An African Election” now available

I wrote about this documentary “An African Election” last May when I saw it and talked with its director, Jarreth Merz, at the Seattle International Film Festival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FC_6PDuJRXs It’s an amazing film and it’s finally available on Netflix. I highly recommend it. As I wrote about it last year: The…

0 Good news: 28 countries escape poverty trap

The Guardian reports on new data indicating we are making progress against poverty: Remember the poverty trap? Countries stuck in destitution because of weak institutions put in place by colonial overlords, or becausse of climates that foster disease, or geographies that limit access to global markets, or simply by the…

2 An African Election — Get this film in distribution!

Wow, I wish I could have alerted everyone I know to go see this documentary. I saw it last week (on its final day) at the Seattle International Film Festival. I hope it sees wide distribution soon. The film is An African Election. You and your friends should request it…

0 Fighting Fake Drugs

PillsFlickr, by Rodrigo Senna One of the international community’s top priorities (Millennium Development Goal number eight) is to make sure people in developing countries have access to essential drugs and treatments. Criminals have decided to help out. Last week, Interpol coordinated police raids throughout East Africa — in Burundi, Kenya,…