Preventable traffic injuries and deaths hold back the development of countries

final_impactofdevelopment_20180105_coverWhile reading a newspaper over the holidays, one of us came across an article with an often common story: “car collision causes mass fatalities on mountain road”. The collision resulted in 51 deaths, after a bus–one of the vehicles involved, plunged down a cliff in Peru.  Many of the dead were returning to Lima after celebrating the New Year’s holiday with family outside the city.

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World Bank Mobilizes US$200 Million to Combat Cholera in Yemen

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2017 – The World Bank announced today an emergency

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US$200 million grant to support Yemen as it struggles to contain one of the world’s largest cholera outbreaks. This will strengthen the country’s health, water and sanitation systems, addressing the source of the epidemic and improving systems to prevent future outbreaks.
The integrated support package financed by the new grant will include the training of 7,500 health workers, strengthening the local capacity to treat and manage cholera cases, provision of bulk chlorination of water supplies, rehabilitation of critical wastewater treatment plants, supporting mass communication and social mobilization campaigns, and supporting one the largest ever cholera vaccine campaigns aiming to reach millions of Yemenis. Continue reading

Partners Launch Framework to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage in Africa; World Bank and Global Fund Commit $24 Billion

Press Release; 26 August, 2016

African Heads of State and Partners Mobilize around Plans for Universal Health Coverage to medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]Achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 26, 2016—Today at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), African heads of state and partners vowed to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa. To help countries implement their health reforms, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years.

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eConsultant2: Develop a Sustainable Financing Model for the Medicines Regulatory Agencies

Deadline:  23-Nov-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

As part of the EAC medicines regulatory harmonization (MRH) work the AMRH (African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization) partners World Bank, WHO, NEPAD, US FDA, donor agencies Gates Foundation, DfID and US Government as well as the EAC MRH Steering Committee are interested in developing a model for improving theHospital financial standing of regulatory agencies and enable them to cope with the increased demand from their governments, citizens and private sector stakeholders. A group of executive MBA students from Cambridge University developed a concept already that can serve as a starting point. There is an opportunity now to elevate the topic to the EAC policy organs and try to get political approval for a joint approach across all EAC countries, which would make it easier for individual agencies to get changes accepted by their national executive and legislative bodies.

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This Week – 68th World Health Assembly – Follow events!

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the largest health policy meeting in the world and the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization. Held annually in Geneva, Switzerland, the decisions and outcomes from WHA guide the health agenda around the world that could impact your health in the future.

For the second year, WHO and the UN Foundation are partnering to bring you World Health +SocialGood from May 18-22, 2015. Building upon the success from last year, this five-day digital event is your pass to the 68th World Health Assembly. Every day at 16:00CEST/10am EST, through a daily live, one-hour broadcast, World Health +SocialGood will provide insight into the major happenings of each day at the World Health Assembly, while also offering exclusive, original content and interactive conversations with experts about key health issues under discussion.

Be sure to tune-in, submit your questions using #SocialGood AND #WHA68 and make YOUR voice heard on health issues that matter most to you. Follow @Plus_SocialGood on Twitter for the latest updates.

Click any of the links to follow the events and learn more by listening to interviews!

 

 

Ebola Hampering Household Economies across Liberia and Sierra Leone

Press release published on the World Bank website.

Latest surveys point to declines in employment, food insecurity, and long-term welfare concerns

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2014—The socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone are far-reaching and persistent, according to two new World Bank Group reports. Both countries continue to experience job losses, despite their differing health outlooks. These impacts have not been limited to the areas where infections have been the highest, which points to economy-wide slowdowns. As a result, many households have been forced to take short-term actions to cope, which can have substantial long-term effects on welfare.

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World Bank’s Ebola emergency response project

On Tuesday, September 16, the Board of Directors of the World Bank approved a $105 million dollar emergency response package to confront the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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The project consists of three components. The first component ($45m) is to support the Ebola outbreak response plans of the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The second component ($38m) aims to bolster the human resources side of the response, while the third component ($22m) consists of providing food and basic supplies to the quarantined populations and affected households. The full Project Appraisal Document can be found here.

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