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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

USAID and P&G kick-off Global Development Alliance to improve health in Myanmar

Parents and children of North Okkalapa Township, outside Burma's capital Rangoon on Feb. 27, 2014, listen intently to a demonstration on proper safe water and hygiene practices. In Burma USAID and Procter and Gamble partner to provide clean drinking water and promote sanitation practices for some of the country's most vulnerable. (Image credit: Kelly Ramundo/USAID)

Administrator Raj Shah this week helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under a Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in Myanmar.

Over the next two years, USAID and P&G will make joint investments of at least $2 million on health projects aimed at providing clean drinking water through provision of P&G Purifier of Water packets, promoting better hygiene behaviors;,and building capability to deliver improved health services to mothers and children. These projects will be implemented on the ground by PSI.

#Unclogit Day 1: Understanding the Blockages

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With nearly 170 participants registered, 21 countries represented, countless organizations and specialties and the loud buzz of excited conversation, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop in Kampala got off to a great start. Day 1′s goal was to Understand the Blockages: an entire day dedicated to informing participants of the challenges faced within the sanitation sector.

Unclogging the Blockages: Building sustainable markets for sanitation products and services

Despite growing attention to sanitation being paid by donors and governments, and the declaration by the United Nations that access to basic sanitation is a human right, progress remains slow. In an effort to get things moving (pun intended), on Tuesday, February 18, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop will commence in Kampala, Uganda.