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  • Helping Haiti Prevent/Combat Avian Influenza

    Thursday, July 17th, 2008

    From the World Bank: Haiti: World Bank Approves US$1.6 Million Grant to Prevent Avian Flu The World Bank Board of Directors approved a US$1.6 million grant for the Republic of Haiti to respond to the risk of Avian Influenza infection by engaging in prevention, surveillance, reporting, mitigation and response measures. “This project aims to confront […]


    World Health Day 2007 – WHO Stresses “International Health Security”

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

    April 7th is World Health Day. What? You didn’t even know there was such a thing? Then you probably are not involved in national or international public health policy. (Or so they tell me.) World Health Day is one of those constructs that allows everybody in a certain community to talk “on message” and focus […]


    Fighting the Growing Menace of Counterfeit Drugs

    Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

    Have you ever bought medicine at a pharmacy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?  I'm not talking about the big, sophisticated ones you might find in Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro.  I'm speaking of those small ones in places like Santo Domingo or small towns in the Central American countryside, which are often […]


    What to Expect from WHO’s New Director-General

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

    On Thursday 09 November 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) elected a new chief executive, and it wasn’t a Latin. Dr. Margaret Chan of Hong Kong (but representing China in the contest) beat out Mexican Health Minister Julio Frenk for the post of Director-General (DG) — first for the WHO Executive Board (EB) endorsement, and […]


    The Elections for WHO’s DG: The LAC Connection

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    On Thursday the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) will elect a new chief executive (Director-General – DG) and the campaigning has been more intensely and publicly contested than in prior elections. One of the leading candidates and lightning rods of the campaign is Mexico’s Health Minister, Dr. Julio Frenk. So what? You may ask why […]