Jeffrey Sachs to AFGH: 'No greater investment on planet than 0.1% of GNI for primary healthcare for all'
Action for Global Health caught up with Jeffrey Sachs on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Professor Sachs was there to chair a panel on the Millennium Development Goals and to reinforce why it's so important they be met, even in these recession-chastened times. [Read more and watch the video on AFGH blog...]
WHO Code of Practice on health workers risks being 'toothless tiger' warns Action for Global Health
Action for Global Health welcomes a new Code of Practice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which aims to stem the flow of health workers leaving poor countries for rich ones. The code will have a significant impact on the current deplorable shortage of health workers in low-income countries. The current gap is 4.3mn medical professionals according to the WHO. [Read more...]
Tanzanian civil society: watchdogs need to find their teeth
With a stable government, and health a specific priority, Tanzania is almost certainly considered a 'darling' of foreign aid. But despite the huge injections of aid, and a government budget allocation of around 10% to health, the number of women dying in childbirth and children dying before their fifth birthdays remains stubbornly high. [Read more on AFGH blog...]
Council conclusions on the EU role in Global Health
On the Foreign Affairs Council meeting conclusions on the European Commission's communication 'The EU role in global health' were adopted. In addition to that, the development ministers held a first discussion on the EU position for the UN summit that is to review the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010. Finally, ministers debated gender equality and development with a view to identifying how the EU can best use its policy instruments to promote women's rights. [Read more...]