A NEJM perspectives piece making the case for a WHO list of essential diagnostics to parallel the list of essential medications. The point rings true – as we’ve been seeing on our trip, a deficit in any portion of a system degrades the system as a whole – though it does make you feel like it’s just another step towards a list of essential services all healthcare systems should offer (which I suspect exists in various scattered forms at the WHO).
Brief review from the KFF global health mavens laying out some thoughts on where US global health policy may be headed. The increasing partisan divide is some reason for concern, especially should at any point foreign aid become a wedge issue – and obviously, the choice of president will have a huge impact on things.
NYT piece discussing US anti-corruption efforts abroad, most recently highlighted by charges against the Malayasian prime minister and several of his associates. Corruption decreases both domestic and foreign support for the poor, and also degrades donor trust in host countries, so steps taken to reduce corruption very directly assist development in general.