Guest post: only trade-fuelled growth can help the world's poor

William Easterly | 21 Sep 2023 | Financial Times

The Millennium Development Goals tragically misused the world's goodwill to support failed official aid approaches to global poverty and gave virtually no support to proven approaches.

China's Billion-Dollar Aid Appetite

Jack C. Chow | 19 Jul 2023 | Foreign Policy

Back in 2001, I was the lead U.S. negotiator in international talks meant to transform the way that poor countries fight some of the world's most pernicious diseases — HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Millions spent on malaria but problems remain

Maria Cheng | 19 Apr 2023 | Associated Press

Health groups have spent more than a billion dollars and bought millions of bednets to fight malaria, and 20 African countries have increased their bednet coverage at least fivefold, new research says.

Study: Health aid made some countries cut budgets

Maria Cheng | 09 Apr 2024 | Associated Press

After getting millions of dollars to fight AIDS, some African countries responded by slashing their health budgets, new research says. For years, the international community has forked over billions in health aid, believing the donations supplemented health budgets in poor countries. It now turns out development money prompted some governments to spend on entirely different things, which cannot be tracked.

Evaluation: the top priority for global health

None | 12 Feb 2024 | The Lancet

This week, The Lancet publishes a UNICEF-commissioned evaluation of its Accelerated Child Survival and Development programme. The news is mixed.

Unicef child-death campaign in Africa 'failed'

None | 12 Jan 2024 | BBC News

A UN programme to combat child deaths from disease in West Africa has failed, a Johns Hopkins University study says. Unicef spent $27m (£17m) rolling out vaccinations, vitamin A pills and bed nets to protect against malaria from 2001 to 2005 in areas of 11 countries. The researchers studied parts of Ghana, Mali and Benin and said children often survived better outside the UN scheme.

Exaggerating the impact of climate change on the spread of malaria

Chris Goodall | 12 Jan 2024 |

A recent press release from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) suggested that millions more people in Kenya are susceptible to malaria as a result of mosquitoes colonising higher ground as global temperatures rise.

WHO reports progress in malaria control

Roger Collier | 17 Dec 2023 | Canadian Medical Association Journal

While international funding to fight malaria has more than doubled in the past three years, producing positive results, much more money is needed, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Malaria cases likely half in third of countries

Maria Cheng | 15 Dec 2023 | Associated Press

Malaria cases appear to have been slashed by half in more than a third of countries battling the disease following a renewed push by the United Nations to eradicate it, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Falling foul of the fund

None | 11 Nov 2023 | IRIN News

Programmes supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reported 2.3 million people on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in June 2009. Funding to beneficiary countries is based on performance, and failure to meet targets can lead to delays, suspension, discontinuation or termination of grants.