IHP news 504: Global governance of health

By on January 11, 2019

WHO – Public consultation – Pathogen genetic sequence data (GSD)


Public consultation: WHO is proposing a code of conduct for public release of pathogen genomic sequences at the time of disease outbreaks. Rapid data sharing + collaboration will help to better understand & control outbreaks. Comment deadline 28 January.

Some tweets from global health observers related to Jim Kim’s resignation  (Monday)

Many twitterandi thanked Jim Kim for his work for the WB. But others (many of them listed below), were more critical.   Keep in mind that these were mostly tweets from Monday (before it became known which firm Kim would join).

Simon Wright – “@JimYongKim resigning has massive implications for the @WorldBank – will it continue as a (relatively) progressive voice on poverty that we have been able to work it under a new President? especially a new president appointed by the current US President?”

Tim France:  (2/2) “My guess is that Jim is being pulled in to run the new International Development Finance Corporation, and to help the US compete with China in the ‘infrastructure arms race’. Trump cares a lot more about winning that than he does about USA’s 16% of Bank shares…”

Roberto Bissio  “ Kim will sell securities after promoting, as prez of @WorldBank the slogan “from billions 2 trillions” to fund #SDGs by ‘securitising’ infrastructure in dev’ping countries: the same formula of bundling bad mortgages together into 3A ‘instruments’ at the root of the 2008 collapse. “

Branko Milanovic – “He is unlikely to be missed much. I had left around the time when he became president, but this is an opinion that I heard from almost everyone. And now he leaves an ostensibly devt institution in order to sell securities!”

Laurie Garrett  “Cogent @BrankoMilan summary. And yes, @JimYongKim is leaving @WorldBank to reportedly work in a firm that will bundle development debts into securitized investments — you know, like all the banks & hedge funds did in 2007 w/real estate, causing the 2008 global crash/recession.”

Kim is reportedly joining a firm that will securitize development. “Securitization” = pooling contractual debts such as mortgages, auto loans or credit card debt obligations & selling their related cash flows to 3rd party investors as securities. Worked out beautifully in 2008.”

Anthony Costello:

Unbelievable + corrupt. “(President) Jim Yong Kim plans to resign from the World Bank on Feb 1 to join a firm focused on infrastructure investments, 3 years before his term was set to expire.” So he used his WB position to make a fortune in private equity + gives 3 weeks notice?”

“So the chair (John Simon) and CEO (Peter Sands) of the Global Fund are bankers who actively promote private equity solutions in low income countries when 99.3% of their funds come from global taxpayers. And Jim Kim uses the World Bank to enrich himself. This charade must stop.”

What’s this all about? I hope he isn’t jumping ship into private equity. See my old blog http://www.anthonycostello.net/2018/05/30/seven-ways-tseven-ways-the-world-bank-and-global-fund-can-help-universal-health-coverage-without-the-cobra-of-private-equity-finance/    .   

SS&M – Network influences on policy implementation: Evidence from a global health treaty

T Valente et al; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277953619300085

 This paper examines whether country implementation of a public health treaty is influenced by the implementation behaviors of other countries to which they have network ties. We examine implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted by the World Health Organization in 2003 and ratified by approximately 94% of countries as of 2016. We constructed five networks: (1) geographic distance, (2) general trade, (3) tobacco trade, (4) GLOBALink referrals, and (5) GLOBALink co-subscriptions…

Highlights: “Analysis of factors that influenced FCTC implementation. International network influences on FCTC implementation are demonstrated. There was Influence for pricing and taxation; second-hand smoke; and packaging and labeling. Country attributes, except time since ratification, were not associated with implementation.”

New ILO interactive website (ILO centenary)


Do check it out. For the occasion of ILO’s 100th anniversary. We hope the ILO centenary, together with the focus of Green New Deals on decent jobs, and the yellow vests movement will put a ‘fair transition’ at the centre of the political agenda sooner rather than later.

Do read also (UN News) – 100 years on, UN labour agency mission focussed on growing inequality, says Director-General

As it celebrates its centenary year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) must help to tackle inequality in the world of work through the efforts of its 180-plus members, said Director-General Guy Ryder on Wednesday.”

IISD – WHO 2018 Regional Meetings Put Policy into Action


World Health Organization Assembly (WHA) resolutions result from the deliberations of the health ministers of all WHO member states and are used to set global health policy, but they must be translated into regional and national policies and action plans. This article looks at the resolutions that the six WHO regions considered during their 2018 meetings.”

NYT – U.S. Officials Warn Health Researchers: China May Be Trying to Steal Your Data


The Trump administration has warned scientists doing biomedical research at American universities that they may be targets of Chinese spies trying to steal and exploit information from their laboratories. … … Scientists and universities receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health for cutting-edge research need to tighten their security procedures and take other precautions, said a panel of experts commissioned by the agency to investigate “foreign influences on research integrity.” … “Unfortunately, some foreign governments have initiated systematic programs to unduly influence and capitalize on U.S.-conducted research, including that funded by N.I.H.,” the panel said in a report last month to the director of the N.I.H., Dr. Francis S. Collins.”

Devex – What to watch in US Congress in 2019


On Capitol Hill, the new year brings with it new leadership of key committees, a divided Congress, a few development-related bills likely to be considered, and a fair amount of uncertainty about what’s in store after a period of bipartisan cooperation on development issues. While bipartisanship is likely to continue on some issues, the political environment will change as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. More oversight and investigation of the Trump administration in the House will potentially lead to a more contentious environment, where it will be harder to carve out space for issues where there is agreement, several development advocates told Devex.”


Another issue likely to see some discussion and potential legislation is global health security. A Global Health Security Act was introduced last year by Rep. Gerald Connolly, and it is expected to be reintroduced in 2019, said Loyce Pace, the president and executive director of the Global Health CouncilAnother global health issue Pace would like to see some legislation around is health-systems strengthening. There has been some work on a bill, but it has been hard to build a constituency around such an abstract idea, she said….”

“…And the ONE Campaign will be focused on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment, and what signals the administration and Congress send through the appropriations process. The U.S. has historically been the largest single donor to the Global Fund and its contribution often sets the standard for other countries….”

Wired – Machine learning can fix how we manage health on a global scale

Peter Piot;  https://www.wired.co.uk/article/machine-learning-healthcare-ebola?utm_content=bufferdc658&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I’m sure this sort of message will please the Davos crowd. So, very timely 😊.

Democratising patient power will improve people’s ability to manage their own health, regardless of income. ”

And a quick link:

Devex – Stephanie Draper announced as new Bond chief executive

Bond, the network of British aid organizations, has appointed Stephanie Draper as its new chief executive officer. Draper, who has a background in sustainable development, is due to start at Bond in mid-March….”

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