Global Fund

0 A bad turn in the global fight against AIDS

As the Los Angeles Times and others reported this week, the global effort to fight AIDS has paid off with a 21 percent decline in deaths since the pandemic’s peak in 2005: The number of people getting lifesaving (drugs) rose 20% from 2009 to 2010. Three African countries, Botswana, Nambia…

0 Winners and losers in global health

One of the uncomfortable realities about the field of global health is that it often appears made up of many organizations championing worthy causes that compete for money. Andrew Harmer, a researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, offers his perspective in a blog post “Winners and…

0 Battle of perception between Global Fund and AP continues

I can’t quite tell what’s going on here, so I will merely report the two polar opposite viewpoints. The Associated Press is reporting in an “exclusive” (which so far has seemed to indicate a perspective on this story shared by few others) that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis…

0 GlobalPost looks at Obama Admin’s “stumbling” Global Health Initiative

“A slow, stumbling start.” That’s how John Donnelly, writing in GlobalPost, characterizes the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative. The online international news organization has published a short series called  “Healing the World” (yeah, kind of corny) that critically examines the initiative. The U.S. government is, in fact, doing a lot…

2 Media exposes the Global Fund for investigating drug thefts

Okay, here’s the basic news story: Associated Press Exclusive — Millions in Malaria Drugs Stolen. The AP reports: A global health fund believes millions of dollars worth of its donated malaria drugs have been stolen in recent years, vastly exceeding the levels of theft previously suspected, according to confidential documents…

0 War of words (over substance) continues on the Global Fund

Fox News has an “EXCLUSIVE” story written by its executive editor, George Russell, reporting that the “Global Fund Backed by Bill Gates to Launch Probe in Wake of Fraud.” That’s funny, and sad, on all sorts of levels. It’s funny because it’s not really news or exclusive at all, given…

0 More pushback on AP story re Global Fund fraud

The Associated Press recently caused a firestorm in global health circles with a (somewhat questionable) report describing instances of fraud and corruption in the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria. Given the echo chamber nature of the media, the AP’s version of this story is still out there bouncing…

10 Global Fund identifies fraud, media has learned

Today’s big global health news: An international fund that was created (with significant support from the Gates Foundation) to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in poor countries has identified episodes of fraud or at least misappropriation of funds amounting to tens millions of dollars. That sounds pretty bad all right.…

0 Global health funding still healthy, but may need better focus

Despite the economic downturn, funding for development assistance targeting health issues internationally has continued to grow — though more slowly and with a few anomalies that may deserve more scrutiny. “Surprising, global health spending continued to grow in 2010,” said Chris Murray, director of the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics…

0 How funding foreign aid could become a political winner

Guest post by NPR’s Matt Thompson. The big story of the week is the fallout from the news that rich countries aren’t going to meet the Global Fund’s baseline requests for funding over the next three years. So it’s worth thinking about the political realities this reflects, and how activists…