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…

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES FOR RURAL HEALTHCARE: THE IBARAPA EXPERIENCE

By KATE HAWKINS, Future Health Systems member STEPS Centre affiliate, the Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium, is currently meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. Future Health Systems is an international partnership to research and communicate innovations that improve access to quality healthcare for the poor. The meeting has provided an opportunity to bring together private sector…

EPIDEMICS: UNDERSTANDING DISEASE DYNAMICS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Uncontrolled outbreaks of disease have always had the power to terrify. In recent years, such fears have grown to include the spectre of pandemic influenza, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and virulent hemorrhagic fevers. Globally, changes in land use, migration, food production, and human/animal interaction are contributing to a startling rise…

WORLD AIDS DAY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member HIV and AIDS is one of the greatest health and development challenges of our time. We have known about HIV, and how to prevent onward transmission, for a quarter of a century, but there are almost 40 million people living with HIV and many more families and communities affected…

AVIAN FLU: VIEW FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The blogosphere is a rich and varied arena for all things avian flu-related. As ministers from around the globe gear up for the opening salvo at tomorrow’s conference, check out what the bloggers have been saying. Try Crawford Kilian’s H5N1, Debi Brandon’s Pandemic Chronicle and Michael Coston’s Avian Flu…

AVIAN FLU: NEW APPROACH NEEDED

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre co-director As ministers of health and agriculture from around the world gather in Egypt for the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, the STEPS Centre, based at IDS and SPRU, launches an important new report exploring the lessons of the international response to avian influenza over the past…

AVIAN FLU: MINISTERS GATHER IN EGYPT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Ministers of health and agriculture from around the world are gathering in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt to formulate a global plan to prepare for, and respond to, the threat of avian flu and other emerging infectious diseases at the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza (October 24-26)….

ANOTHER SIDE TO CHINA’S OLYMPIC DREAM

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member   The eyes of the world are focussed firmly on China as the Olympic Games get into full swing. A television audience of a billion souls witnessed the unrivalled razmatazz of Beijing’s opening ceremony in the space-age ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium, in a city seemingly full of dazzling architecture and…

AVIAN ‘FLU: THE POLITICS AND POLICY PROCESSES OF A GLOBAL RESPONSE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member When the potential of a flu pandemic derived from Avian Influenza emerged, alarm bells rang across the world. The prospect of a major public health catastrophe caused by the human-human transmission of so-called bird flu sparked considerable investment into developing surveillance and response systems for the disease. But how…

HOW WILL WE FINANCE FUTURE HEALTH SYSTEMS?

KATE HAWKINS, Future Health Systems member Day 2 of the Geneva Health Forum was characterised by discussions about the most appropriate mechanisms to finance functioning health systems and what changes in policy would be necessary to support this. Whilst development assistance overall is increasing the percentage share allocated to health is not rising at a…