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AID FOR AIDS: HOW DO COMMUNITY GROUPS NEGOTIATE THE NEW FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE?

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The past decade has witnessed a change in the public health funding landscape – with the rise of global health initiatives as well as increases in bilateral funding for health sector development. Action on HIV/AIDS has been associated with high profile programmes such as the Global Fund to Fight…

BEYOND SCALING UP: PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSAL ACCESS

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The STEPS Centre and our affiliate Future Health Systems are launching a series of activities that challenge the thinking behind prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector. There is an increasing awareness amongst policy-makers in developing countries that their government’s health services do not adequately meet the…

MAKING HEALTH MARKETS WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE

Many people in developing countries use a variety of market-based providers of health services. These can range from highly organised and regulated hospitals and specialist doctors to informal health workers and drug sellers operating outside the legal framework. Encounters with health workers, even within public systems, often involve a cash payment. Understanding health markets and…

HEALTH MARKETS DISCUSSION AT THE PRINCE MAHIDOL AWARD CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK

By KATE HAWKINS, FHS member This year’s Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, January 28-30 2009, was on mainstreaming health into public policies. STEPS Centre affiliate, Future Health Systems, was represented at the conference by Gerald Bloom who contributed to a panel on the private sector and policy responses to improve its performance in terms…

AN END TO SPECULATION AS OBAMA ACTS ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

For sexual and reproductive health advocates across the globe the inauguration of President Obama promised great things. The Bush Administration’s policy line on sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and abroad has seen funding restrictions that undermined good public health policy and breached legal rights in other countries. Breaking news from the US…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 4

Shockingly the 4th day of the International AIDS Conference marked the first ever plenary on children and HIV. That we could get to a point where there are 2 million people under 15 living with HIV and 30 million who have lost one or more parents and still not have had an address to conference…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 4

The conference has heard a lot about what we have learned in the past in terms of approaches to tackling HIV and AIDS. But a session today made the case that it is important to look to the future of the epidemic to predict what action will be needed. Looking to the Future – The…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 3

The links between violence against women and vulnerability to HIV infection are well known. But what interventions should we put in place to combat violence and its HIV related outcomes? This was a question addressed at a side session at the International AIDS Conference today. The solutions are far from clear cut. Links between violence…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 2

The second day of the International AIDS Conference saw what was possibly the shortest side session in its history. Entitled ‘Sex workers are everywhere’ Andrew Hunter of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers addressed the delegates and explained that due to the political opportunity afforded elsewhere in the conference there was a change to…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico City

The role of pleasure in encouraging safer sex With over 20,000 participants and a plethora of formal abstract driven sessions and cultural events the International AIDS Conference, currently taking place in Mexico City, offers a bamboozling array of learning from the response to the epidemic. The first day opened with a range of satellite sessions…