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Sector-Wide Approaches fail to improve health

None | 30 Jun 2010 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The World Bank and its partners are failing to improve health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa using Sector-Wide Approaches (SWAPs), according to a report by Advocacy to Control TB Internationally (ACTION).

World Bank Wasted Money and Lives in Buying Wrong Medicine

Roger Bate & Amir Attaran | 12 Sep 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Your editorial "World Bank Corruption" and Bret Stephens's Global View column "Mind the GAP" (both on Sept. 4) expose the myriad illicit practices of some World Bank staff and contractors, particularly in Indian health projects supported by Western taxpayers. The methods used by these bad actors to obfuscate their actions and delay, often permanently, their exposure are interesting.

Robert Zoellick's Health Challenge at the World Bank

Roger Bate | 05 Jun 2007 | American.com

AFM's Roger Bate comments on Robert Zoellick's new role as head of the World Bank. He suggests, "To make people healthier, he should step back and let other organizations take the lead".

Sick at the World Bank

Amir Attaran & Roger Bate | 19 May 2006 | Examiner

The World Bank is failing miserably on malaria, like it failed on HIV/AIDS before. Although it has a $20 billion budget that, deployed intelligently, could lower sickness and accelerate economic growth, the World Bank is instead making a mess of its reputation and costing patients their lives through its unwise medical judgments. Along with 11 academic colleagues, we overcame stringent peer-review at the world's top medical journal, The Lancet, to publish what we describe here.

The World Bank and Disease Control: a Bad Combination

Roger Bate | 03 May 2006 | World Bank

For the lack of decent sanitation and health care thousands of the poorest children die unnecessarily every day. While their governments have primary responsibility for them, the international agencies, notably the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, are not as effective at improving survival rates as they should be because they do not stick to their respective missions nor fulfill them. The WHO has disease expertise but poor management and has weakened its disease-control programs by becoming involved in health-care delivery. The Bank, with expertise in health systems development and health financing, has become involved in disease control where it has little institutional knowledge. The result of this bilateral mission creep is overlapping authority, lack of focus and accountability.

Sickening Incompetence

Philip Coticelli & Justin Schwab | 27 Apr 2006 | National Review Online

The World Bank is publishing inaccurate data to save face rather than face up to its failure to control malaria. Worse still, it is promoting ineffective treatments in India, resulting in the death of an unknown number of children. The Bank is incapable of disease control work and it should leave the field to more competent agencies.

The Unhealthy World Bank

Roger Bate | 24 Feb 2006 | TCS Daily

Paul Wolfowitz is trying to improve the World Bank's performance as co-sponsor of the Roll Back Malaria campaign, a coalition of multilateral health and aid agencies, including WHO and UNICEF that aims to combat the malaria burden in Africa. Improving RBM has been a long time coming. And as a director of Africa Fighting Malaria, a health NGO, I add my hearty welcome to this news, especially since, as far as anyone can tell, worldwide malaria rates are rising. However, in delving into operations in this one program, the former Deputy Defense Secretary may discover a far larger problem -- the Bank simply does not have appropriate skills amongst its staff to undertake its core mission.

Wolfowitz's Challenge

Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 29 Mar 2005 | National Review Online

The World Bank's new head could save many lives.

McNamara's Bank

Roger Bate & Benjamin Schwab | 29 Jul 2004 | TCS Daily

In dealing with authoritarian governments, Robert McNamara's legacy as president of the World Bank has always been controversial.