A total market for circumcision

How private sector providers add marketing and distribution value for voluntary medical male circumcision

By Oscar Abello President Barack Obama. Former Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Oscar-award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. They’re not just of Kenyan heritage—all three are specifically of Luo heritage, the third largest ethnic group in Kenya, predominantly residing in the Nyanza province on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya’s western region. The Luo standout

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Rapid diagnostic tests, filter papers, and blood wells collected as part of a rural plantation worker survey PSI conducted to learn more about the spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites. (Credit: Henrietta Allen)

The clock is ticking

Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 3

PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Below is part 3 of 3. (read part 1 or part 2) PSI, and others, have learned a great deal about malaria in Southeast Asia with the help

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A PSI medical detailer assessing a private provider for Pf malaria diagnosing and treatment capacity. (Credit: Chris James White)

Planting seeds of change

Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 2

PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Below is part 2 of 3. (read part 1) After Bill and Melinda Gates visited PSI in Cambodia, I spent several days there with my

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(Photo credit: PSI/Chris James White)

Seize this moment

Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind - Part 1

PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Below is part 1 of 3. Why Malaria, Why Southeast Asia, Why now? I first met Bill Gates for dinner in Nairobi in 2008. His

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Market Dynamics Matter

PSI is implementing a five-country project, funded by UNITAID, to create a private sector market for malaria rapid diagnostic tests. Otieno Chemist, left, is one of the registered private sector outlets in Kenya. Photo courtesy of UNITAID

By Brian Smith, originally posted at NextBillion.net.

Editor’s note: NextBillion Health Care has launched a new Market Dynamics initiative to encourage discussion about how markets impact health outcomes.

Why are so many global public health experts talking about “market dynamics” these days?

Whether we call it “market shaping” or “market facilitation” or the “total market approach,” there is a large and growing interest in the idea that we’ll be more effective in improving health outcomes at the base of the pyramid if we frame challenges in terms of markets. Why?

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Strong health systems: "The secret ingredient"

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As a global health community, we have the skills and know-how to accomplish these goals, but we must work together and recognize that the ‘secret ingredient’ that binds all of our collective knowledge, skills and interventions is a strong health system. The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health reported this past year that such goals are indeed feasible and would bring about a grand convergence in life expectancy between poor and rich nations in our lifetime. The required investment would pay off 9 to 20 times in full-income returns, and to succeed, half of the resources should be used to strengthen health systems – from human resources to better governance of the sector’s public and private components.

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Smart investments in maternal health

From the Impact Magazine-Devex survey of over 1,000 global health professionals: 85 percent believe public-private partnerships are important or extremely important.

Impact interviews Dr. Naveen Rao, lead of Merck for Mothers. In 2011, Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, created Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality globally. Rao shares his thoughts on public-private partnerships and the importance of engaging local partners in efforts to improve maternal health.

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Are we leaving the private sector out of health systems strengthening?

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Health system strengthening is widely recognized as the key to making progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 successors. So it came as no surprise that development professionals who responded to the Devex survey identified it as a ‘best buy’ in global health. But to get the most out of this best buy, we should move beyond what is too narrow a definition of health system strengthening.

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Best Buys for Global Health: Event video and conversation

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Marking the launch of the Spring edition of PSI’s Impact Magazine, “The Best Buys Issue: Where to Invest in Global Health in 2014,” two panels of global health industry leaders gathered to discuss what are the best buys for global health. View the video of the full event, and the conversation on Twitter.  Here’s more information about the event, hosted in partnership with PATH, Devex, and the Center for Global Development, with support from the Merck for Mothers Program.

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Why We Need Government Regulation

Ask Dr. Arun Gupta, a pediatrician based in the New Delhi area, what makes a sound investment in global health, and his answer may surprise you. Regional coordinator of the International Baby Food Action Network in Asia, Dr. Gupta is now a member of the Prime Minister’s National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges and chairs

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Are We Leaving the Private Sector Out of Health Systems Strengthening?

By Brian Smith, Chief Strategy and Resource Officer, PSI Nearly 50 years ago, an MIT professor working with the Indian Institute of Management shared an insight with India’s Ministry of Family Planning: Condoms weren’t getting to the people in India who needed them most. They were stuck in government health clinics, which were few and

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Let's talk about the Best Buys for Global Health

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Starting today and culminating on March 19th at the Center for Global Development, we hope you’ll join a conversation along with experts from implementing agencies, governments, research institutions, and the private sector to  discuss and debate what makes a “best buy” in global health.

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