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Financing in times of uncertainty

Financing in times of uncertainty

Last week I had a bit of a rant about equitable distribution of care.  Later, in a debate with a colleague, I was urged to consider solutions rather than just reiterate well-known problems.  Ok, point well taken, my friend.  Let’s start with the bottom line – if we’re going to …

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Who is playing God here?

Who is playing God here?

First, I want to welcome Julia Robinson to Global Health.  Julia joins us with a diverse background in health advocacy and development work – most recently in South Africa working at mothers2mothers and previously in Sierra …

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Global Health – Year in Review

If I had to pick a phrase to describe the Global Health arena in 2010, I would choose “2 steps forward, 1 step back”.  With tightened purse strings, public health programs had hands tied in many ways; but on the research front, some of the breakthroughs were mind-blowing.  All in …

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Rationing Health

This just in from my colleague at PRI’s The World – a series called “Rationing Health: Who Lives?  Who Decides?”, airing on public radio and online starting tomorrow.  The series takes a look at four countries where different approaches to the …

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World AIDS Day Reflections

I’ve just returned from a drumming ceremony commemorating World AIDS Day 2010.  In my more jaded moments, it’s easy to dismiss these sorts of days as attempts by silos of the public health community to get their share of the limelight.  But for those living with HIV and on the …

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Business of health

INSEAD recently hosted a conference in Paris on the future of the healthcare industry.  They had a number of interesting speakers, including Harpal Singh of Fortis Healthcare.  Fortis is a leading provider of hospitals in India, and currently the fastest growing.  …

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Women and power dynamics and health

What does the status of women have to do with health outcomes? 
Karen Grepin posted an interesting set of statistics a few days ago in her article, Men are Dogs. Aren’t they?  Most people intuitively believe that serodiscordancy (when one …

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Images of Health: The Equality Trust

Images of Health: The Equality Trust

I recently finished reading The Spirit Level, a book which presents statistical evidence that more equal societies nearly always do better in every measure of social cohesion and human well-being.  Check out this table on infant mortality.  The vertical axis …

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From the FPA: Global Health – Challenges & Priorities

From the FPA: Global Health – Challenges & Priorities

A quick post to highlight an event coming up in New York from the FPA:

Infectious Diseases and Global Health: Challenges and Priorities

 
The Foreign Policy Association cordially invites you to attend the inaugural Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, …

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Motorcycles and mothers

Today, the New York Times launched an excellent series called Fixes, co-written by veteran storyteller of social entrepreneurs, David Bornstein.  (A thank you to my colleague, Carey, for referring me here.)  The inaugural article highlights the use of motorcycles by healthcare workers …

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MDG progress – global versus country

MDG progress – global versus country

An article in the Economist last week profiled the progress that has been made on the Millennium Development Goals since 1990.  The chart below shows selected targets and global progress:   
I was interested (though not surprised) to learn that China and India are responsible for the …

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Images of Health: Dr. Mitch Besser on TEDGlobal

Dr. Mitch Besser’s inspiring TED talk from Oxford has recently been posted on the TED website.  “In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell …

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MDG Summit and $5 billion for maternal and child health

As MDG summiters head home this weekend, they would be advised to read this excellent article by Nandini Oomman.  This week’s summit on the Millennium Development Goals, which concluded Wednesday, culminated in the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s announcement of a

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Taskshifting – not just for developing countries

The NYTimes published an editorial yesterday which debated the practice of allowing unsupervised, yet highly trained nurses to provide anesthesia care.  California recently joined 14 other states in allowing the practice; Colorado is set to approve it as well.  The cost savings are clear:
In …

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Hospitals and innovation

Few think of hospitals as hotbeds for innovation.  However, two recent postings from Harvard Business Review (‘Why Innovation Thrives at the Mayo Clinic” and “

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About the Author

Cynthia Schweer Rayner
Cynthia Schweer Rayner

Cynthia Schweer Rayner is an independent consultant and philanthropy advisor specializing in public health, social entrepreneurship and scalable business models for positive social change. As a recovering management consultant, she spent several months living in South Africa, and later co-founded the US branch of an organization providing support to orphaned and vulnerable children. In 2009, she was an LGT Venture Philanthropy Fellow, working with mothers2mothers (m2m), a multinational non-profit organization employing mothers living with HIV as peer educators to positive pregnant women. She currently works with individuals, companies and nonprofits to finance and develop models for positive change. Cynthia has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in English Literature from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Cape Town and visits New York frequently, where she co-owns a Manhattan-based yoga studio, mang'Oh yoga (www.mangohstudio.com).

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