IHP news 478 : Global governance of health

By on July 13, 2018

Lancet (Letter) – Canadian Women in Global Health #CWIGH: call for nominations

J Clark, S Hussain et al; https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31501-0/fulltext

On behalf of the Canadian branch of “Women in Global Health”.

South Centre (Policy brief) – Collaboration or Co-optation? A review of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax

M F Montes et al; https://www.southcentre.int/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PB48_Collaboration-or-Co-optation-A-review-of-the-Platform-for-Collaboration-on-Tax_EN.pdf

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT), launched in April 2016, is an effort to intensify cooperation on tax issues among the staff of the OECD, IMF, World Bank and the United Nations.  The PCT’s stated objectives include the production of joint outputs, strengthening interactions between standard setting, capacity building and technical assistance and sharing information. PCT has since produced toolkits on issues such as tax incentives, transfer pricing, and taxation of offshore indirect transfers. The PCT also held its first global conference in February 2018 at the UN where a concluding ‘conference statement’, negotiated among the four secretariats, was produced. In a political context where a majority of UN Member States continue to contest international tax standard setting led by the OECD and call for a global negotiation process based within the UN, this collaboration between the four institutions requires a closer look. Increased technocratic cooperation when the process is challenged by a political deficit in norm setting raises critical questions for the institutions involved and the constituencies they represent. This policy brief, a joint publication of the South Centre and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, will unpack some of these issues pertaining to the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT).”

Global Challenges – Systematic Analysis of Evidence and Sound Expert Assessment: Two Enablers of Evidence‐Based Decision‐Making in Health

MP Kieny et al; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/gch2.201800022

This commentary discusses attributes, membership, and modus operandi of advisory committees in the health sector, taking examples of a few committees operating internationally. It concludes on the importance of transparency and legitimacy for the credibility of their outcomes.” Focus here on WHO advisory committees, Welcome Trust Advisory committees and EC Horizon 2020 advisory committees.

Chevron donates $1 Million to Friends of the Global Fight against AIDS, TB & malaria


Gosh. With friends like that…  “the grant will help expand Friends’ work to mobilize private sector, faith, youth and other partners for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and other programs aimed at ending these epidemics….”


Guardian – Save the Children chief accused of being part of ‘cosy boys’ club’


As the scandal of sexual exploitation and abuse of children in humanitarian settings drags on, Kevin Watkins, the head of Save the Children, was questioned by MPs about the failure “to investigate claims of sexual misconduct by senior charity staff.” Amid accusations that he is part of a cosy boys’ club, Watkins was forced “to defend his position as chief executive of the charity,” as well as the “decision to use £114,000 in charity funds on lawyers ‘to try and stop reports [of inappropriate behaviour] coming out.’”

Code Blue – Spotlight on: UNAIDS


Code Blue, the campaign which works to end impunity for sexual abuse by UN personnel” recently released a series of documents including its own analysis of the WHO/UNAIDS investigation as well as “an audio recording, leaked to the Code Blue Campaign, of UNAIDS’ Executive Director Michel Sidibé addressing UNAIDS staff at a ‘Town Hall’ on sexual harassment on February 27, 2018and “internal investigation reports by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Office of Internal Oversight Services, regarding allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment by UNAIDS’ Deputy Executive Director, Luiz Loures against a UNAIDS staff member.

CEPI now eligible for Official Development Assistance

Cfr CEPI’s latest newsletter issue: https://mailchi.mp/cepi/cepi-newsletter-july-2018?e=c69e7c5164

“In June, CEPI was notified—by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)—that contributions to CEPI may be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA). ODA, often referred to as aid, is the internationally agreed criteria for funds provided to developing countries or multilateral institutions to fight poverty and promote development. The OECD adopted ODA as the “gold standard” of foreign aid in 1969 and it remains the main source of financing for development aid. CEPI’s eligibility for such aid funding is an important step in our organisational development. This designation officially recognises that CEPI’s work actively promotes the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective. Specifically, the diseases that we have prioritised mainly affect developing countries and the vaccines we fund will be made available and affordable to low-income and middle-income countries.”

Devex – Future of partnerships


Devex launched Focus on: Future of Health partnerships.  “This focus area, powered by MSD for Mothers, explores private sector solutions and collaborations for tackling global health challenges.”

Bet I’ll love this news section as much as the Three Lions team.

Global Fund Appoints Philippe François as Head of Sourcing & Supply Chain


Not Claude. Philippe.

GFF  – new FAQs online


Updated Q&A on the GFF. Nice resource.

FT Health newsletter last week – Short interview with Chris Elias (President global development division at Gates Foundation)

From our FT colleagues: see the FT Health newsletter (6 July issue)

Three questions to Chris Elias:

What are your current priorities?

We’re gearing up for the $2bn replenishment in Oslo in November of the Global Financing Facility to fund women’s and children’s health. As it matures, it’s going to be a powerful complementary tool. Ministers of health are very keen because it forces a discussion with finance ministers on funding, raises accountability and increases support for the social sector. There have been 16 countries so far and there is interest from 40 [in borrowing money from the scheme].

What progress are you making on support for family planning?

There is good progress we will report at the Kigali family planning conference from countries like Myanmar and Kenya. But some big countries like India and Nigeria are keeping the numbers down. Take up is better in urban than rural areas, and among married women than unmarried adolescents. We have supported the collection of data to track impact: national data is interesting but sub-national data is more useful.

Are you focused on “vertical” support of particular diseases and commodities at the expense of health systems?

We’re impatient when there are opportunities to save lives fast. But there is less tension that sometimes people think. Things get easier with a strong primary healthcare system and we are strengthening our focus on that, with offices in Africa and India. We are trying to bring different things together in a more integrated way. Primary healthcare can provide vaccines, contraception, nutrition. We’re trying to do it in a more intentional way. It’s happening in Ethiopia, India and Nigeria. We’re helping with improved collection and analysis of data, and better procurement. That aligns with national health systems and helps others’ grant making.”

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