IHP news #501 (December 14, 2018)

UHC Day & a devastating global health report

By on December 14, 2018



Dear Colleagues,

We assume that after this week, many in global health will begin to mentally prepare for the end of the year period, slowing down, taking time for deep reflection, spending (more) time with beloved ones (as compared to on Twitter or ‘in the field’), etc.

But this December week was still a hectic one, with among others, the adoption of the Global Migration Pact in Marrakesh, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, GAVI’s midterm review in flashy Abu Dhabi, the PMNCH Partners’ Forum in Delhi, the release of a list of Francophone Women leaders, updates on a worrying (or is it extremely worrying?) Ebola outbreak in the DRC, even more worrying noises coming from COP 24 in Katowice (and the Arctic), a WHO global management meeting in Nairobi, a short report on last week’s ITM colloquium on antibiotic resistance in Pnomh Penh, ….

As most of you will know, UHC Day (12 December), by now a fixture on the global health agenda, was also celebrated this week. I personally celebrated with a close encounter with the Belgian health care system, earlier this week. And last but not least, perhaps the most important global health report of 2018 (according to some observers) came out last week on Friday. A downright devastating independent panel report on UNAIDS pointed out, among others, that its executive director tolerated harassment and bullying in a toxic organizational culture. The report was published just ahead of UNAIDS’ 43rd Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting and triggered existential questions on the UNAIDS leadership as well as on the organization itself (in the global health architecture of the SDG era).  Sidibé et al (‘et al’ includes the UNAIDS board) may also want to use the Christmas time for some deep reflection (and decision making).

In this week’s Featured article, social science researchers from SHAPES muse on power and health systems.

Enjoy your reading.

Kristof Decoster




(you find the pdf of the newsletter here: IHPn501 )

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