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Making Markets for Merit Goods

In our paper on making the market for merit goods, we make the case that the market for ARVs was politically constructed, meaning that activists had to bring the demand and supply sides of the market together through a variety of tactics and strategies

End of an Era – A High-Water Mark in AIDS funding?

The pending Wall Street bailout reminds us that the buoyant global economy of recent years created permissive conditions for international altruism on global health and development. With America’s economy staggering, the effects are being felt further afield among other major industrialized economies, the UK included. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has for more than a […]

Uganda begins production of $9 per month ARVs

From the A pharmaceutical plant in Uganda this week will begin production of generic antiretroviral drugs following an order from the Ugandan government for drugs worth 17 billion Ugandan shillings, or about $10 million, the East African Business Week reports (Etyang, East African Business Week, 1/28). Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in October 2007 commissioned […]

Life insurance for HIV+ in South Africa

I belatedly discovered podcasts in my final weeks in Mbarara (Uganda) last December.  Two series, PRI radio programs on Health and Technology, have short stories that may interest readers.  The Health coverage includes a subset of HIV-specific podcasts. One story from March 2007 reported on the new life insurance market for HIV+ residents in South […]

Frist is not the Senator from Matobo*…

Senator Frist is back in the news this past week for his laudable involvement in Save the Children.  Save the Children has joined a new One initiative calling for an increase in US foreign aid for mothers and children of low-income countries.  Laudable certainly but a bit disappointing too when I read this in the […]

Developing a basic package of preventive care in Uganda

This is a couple of years old but the idea resonates with more recent calls for horizontal programming to meet the wider health needs of populations with high HIV prevalence.  The CDC created the Basic Preventive Care Program, recently mentioned again in the KaiserNetwork news summary.  In the last few years, there has been a […]

A sort of PSA: Donate computation time to The Grid

OK, so this is a bit of a public service announcement, but I just wanted to give a shout out to anyone with a computer that may be often idle.  You know you’re the one if you’ve got a slick new machine and it basically is a fancy web browser and text editor with occasional […]

Global AIDS fund wants more private donor money

Global AIDS fund wants more private donor money05 Mar 2007 16:22:21 GMTSource: Reuters By John Acher OSLO, March 5 (Reuters) – A global fund that combats AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria hopes to attract more money from private donors, fund officials said on Monday. Launched in 2002 with the backing of then U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, […]