All posts by phpunsal

“Cashgate”, foreign aid, trust and relationships amongst stakeholders and its impact on Malawi’s health system

By Radha Adhikari, Jeevan Sharma and Pam Smith (University of Edinburgh)

In June 2014, we arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi from the University of Edinburgh for the first time, to start a research project in collaboration with the Kamuzu College of Nursing. There was a presidential election coming up, so every…

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What is driving antimicrobial resistance? Well, depends on who you ask.

By Anna Durrance-Bagale and Mishal Khan (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
 A UN report released last week highlighted yet again the serious threats to health and economic development posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report was picked up by newspapers around the world, from New Zealand to…

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‘DOING MORE WITH LESS’ – Voices of Frontline Health Service Providers in South Africa

By: Carrie-Brooke Sumner (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council & University of Cape Town)
Health systems under pressure

If you work in a health system or health systems research, you’re no stranger to messages about budget cuts, the need for efficiencies, ‘working…

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Tuberculosis: Health Policy and Systems Research

By Mishal Khan (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

This is the first World Tuberculosis (TB) Day since high-level UN General Assembly meeting on TB in September 2018. Strong commitments were made by political leaders and hopes are high. Enthusiasm for a revolutionary shift in tackling infectious diseases…

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Using the Polio Legacy to Strengthen International Health Regulations for Global Health Security

By Nirmal Kandel1, Graham Tallis2, Stella Chungong1, Jaouad Mahjour1

1Department of Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR, World Health Organisation

2Department of Polio Eradication, World Health Organisation

Continuing outbreaks, disasters and conflict are sufficient evidence that the world remains vulnerable to health emergencies. Emergencies can have significant health, social, economic…

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Five years after the Ebola epidemic, are new preparedness measures sustainable?

By Michael R. Snyder (Johns Hopkins University)

With the five-year anniversary of the West Africa Ebola outbreak declaration approaching, now is an appropriate time to reflect on progress made in improving global public health preparedness. Has the international community learned the lessons of the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic? What…

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Health Policy and Planning’s Top 10 articles in 2018 – Catch up now!

By Natasha Salaria (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Health Policy and Planning publishes health policy and systems research focusing on low- and middle-income countries. The journal consists of four sections; Health Systems Research, Health Economics, Health Policy Processes and Implementation Research and Evaluation. We had another great…

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Health systems strengthening in the SDG era: integration and cross-sector linkage

By Susannah Mayhew (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

There is a large body of robust scholarship on the impact and successful drivers of integrating sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services and their supporting health systems. This scholarship provides important lessons for understanding how to support the…

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Intimate Partner Violence, Inequality and HIV Transmission

By Shelley Lees and Mark Marchant (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

This blog was written to mark this year’s World Aids Day taking place on 1 December 2018.

Intimate-partner violence is virtually a universal phenomenon with global estimates revealing that around 35% of women have experienced…

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Optimizing community health worker programming through supervision

Authored by Kok Maryse (KIT Royal Tropical Institute)

After an extensive and careful development process, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the new WHO guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes. Recognizing that community health workers (CHWs) can effectively deliver health services at…

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