Archive for the 'Global Health' Category

A Multi-Year Program Review

Written on August 19, 2015 at 7:55 am

Although the key to significant change is often in the lessons of long-term implementation, we don’t see these multi-year studies as often as would be useful. Recently the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program released a five year report. As readers of this blog may know, I was fortunate to be part of this program’s evolution and wrote about its early days – partnership launch  and an early eight month review. It is encouraging to see the partnership continue in this direction – continued analysis and sharing of the lessons learned.

Some of the lessons shared in the five year review …


The Personal Touch to Global Health

Written on June 11, 2014 at 3:56 am

I spent the past week exploring traditional (Eastern) vis a vis Western approaches to healthcare. I most often focus on organizations, but it’s good to focus on, and be reminded of, on a regular basis of the importance of the individual (beneficiary). Tying the individual to the whole, and the local to the global is something we don’t do as often as perhaps we should. Reflecting on the impact of traditional and Western approaches of medicine on the individual, provided some lessons that I believe are applicable in many different areas:
1) Good ideas can come from anywhere – Although …


Global Health Trends – 2013 Update

Written on March 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

This is an update on the piece on Global Health Trends (Whither Global Health?)  I wrote a little over two years ago.  In addition to what I have been observing in the interim,  I also polled some colleagues who work in the Global Health field.  These are some of the additional trends we have been noticing:

1.      An acceleration of the integration of issues (now including for example the role of climate change in health; and a focus on health clinics/systems more than any one disease)

The awareness that challenges are linked and solutions must be integrated as well that …


Turning Challenges to Opportunities

Written on April 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

With the closing of the Global Health Council (GHC) reactions have included shock/surprise and sadness.  As it evolved over its almost 40 years, it became an important convener for the global health community. The GHC announcement includes the following text: “Funding that once existed to promote a broad-based health agenda is now focused on specific health issues. The fundamental shifts in the health landscape have led the Board to revisit the relevance of the organization and determine that the Council’s current operating model is no longer sustainable.”  The reasons given most likely only hint at the full picture.  There has …


The Grand Challenge: Saving Lives through Collaboration

Written on July 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Although I generally don’t like Contests, they do exist, and sometimes participation is important.

Earlier this year a partnership of the Gates Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USAID and the World Bank launched a Grand Challenge “To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, [by harnessing] the collective imagination and ingenuity of experts across a broad range of disciplines and expertise.”

A project I have been working with for the past few years, Helping Babies Breathe is a finalist.   One of the aspects of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) that is …