2. Chicago May Day '86: organize "religious" procession for Haymarket "Martyrs"--huge banners with sentimental portraits, wreathed in flowers & streaming with tinsel & ribbon, borne by penitenti in black KKKatholic-style hooded gowns--outrageous campy TV acolytes with incense & holy water sprinkle the crowd--anarchists w/ash-smeared faces beat themselves with little flails & whips--a "Pope" in black robes blesses tiny symbolic coffins reverently carried to Cemetery by weeping punks. Such a spectacle ought to offend nearly everyone .
2. On health systems strengthening, the Obama administration for seven years pursued a dual track approach. As you note, some aspects have been incorporated into specific disease programs such as malaria and tuberculosis. For example, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with CDC, is focused on further reducing malaria deaths and substantially decreasing malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination. In addition to scaling up lifesaving prevention and treatment, PMI has placed a great emphasis on support for strengthening key components of country health systems, including commodity supply chains, health information systems, and clinical and laboratory services. Many of the PMI-supported countries that have made the most progress in malaria control also have made the most progress in strengthening these key aspects of their health systems. At the same time, USAID works with priority countries to strengthen specific health functions in country-specific contexts — from bolstering governance structures, to helping countries collect, analyze, disseminate, and use timely and high quality health information. The dual track approach has similar objectives, but are not identical in all respects. (Full disclosure — I work for PMI at USAID).