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Is Money Motivating More C-sections?

04 May 2020

Article by Catherine Connor

“The cord might be around her neck, so we will need to schedule a C-section. How does next Wednesday sound?” My obstetrician smiled reassuringly. It was 1992 in Brazil. My first C-section. Not medically necessary I’ve come to learn. Brazil offers a cautionary tale of C-section rates over 50% of all births, well above the […]

Beware of the Success Cartel: A Plea for Rational Progress in Global Health

22 January 2019

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was originally published November 2018 in BMJ Global Health. By setting ambitious targets, the global health community has played a pivotal role in motivating the world to achieve remarkable improvements in health. Over 21 million additional lives were estimated to have been saved due to the accelerated progress promoted by the Millennium Development […]

International Development Doesn’t Care About Patient Privacy

21 March 2018

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on March 21, 2018. In 2013, in southern Mozambique, foreign NGO workers searched for a man whom the local health facility reported as diagnosed with HIV. The workers aimed to verify that the health facility did indeed diagnose and treat him. When they could not […]

Pragmatism, Not Ideology, Must Drive Health Systems Development

09 March 2018

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was published on Health Affairs Blog on March 9, 2018. For nearly two decades, donors, policy makers, and public health practitioners have lauded performance-based financing (PBF) as a solution to strengthen health services and accelerate progress toward reaching global health targets. PBF links health care provider payments to the achievement of predefined indicators […]

Arab Spring or More of the Same? Participatory Governance in Tunisia

10 September 2014

Tunisia’s revolution is often cited as the first in the series of regional uprisings known as the “Arab Spring.” Dissatisfaction with public services, oppressed civic engagement and structural inequalities served as the catalyst for a wave of civil protests and violent clashes throughout Tunisia. And with little opportunity to voice their discontent, Tunisians took to […]

How Korea is Doing Development Differently

08 September 2014

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This past December, I spoke at the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare’s (KOFIH’s) 2014 International Forum on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Addis Ababa. I also had the opportunity to deliver a keynote speech at KOFIH’s 7 year anniversary celebration in Seoul in 2013. I spend a lot of time at various international conferences and knowledge […]

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