All posts in health policy

We did the sums on South Africa’s mental health spend. They’re not pretty

By Sumaiyah Docrat and Crick Lund (Alan J Fisher Centre for Public Mental Health, University of Cape Town)

This blog has been posted with kind permission from The Conversation.

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health…

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Gender quotas: Foe or friend for health leadership?

By Kui Muraya, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

My colleagues and I recently published a paper discussing the experiences and career trajectories of male and female health managers at sub-national level in Kenya. The published data was collected through in-depth interviews with sub-county level managers…

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Maternal death reporting is all about politics

By Andrea Melberg (University of Bergen, Norway)

How can a health system respond to maternal deaths? The concept is simple and appealing: identify all maternal deaths, understand why they happened and implement interventions to prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future. However, the implementation of Maternal Death Surveillance and…

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How can we do a better job of setting research agendas with communities?

By Bridget Pratt (University of Melbourne)

The status quo: Communities lack a say

Community engagement is gaining prominence in global health research. Growing consensus about the importance of community representation and participation for ethical research means research institutions and funding bodies now promote, or even mandate, community engagement as an…

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Policy Needs to Focus on Politics: Coca-Cola’s Political and Policy Influence in Mexico

By Eduardo J Gómez (King’s College London)

True to the nature of being a political scientist, I’ve always been interested in exploring the sources of political power and its consequences for policy. In my new article titled “Coca-Cola’s Political and Policy Influence in Mexico: Understanding…

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Are women empowered by volunteer community health work? The story of Eleni

By: Svea Closser (Johns Hopkins University), Kenneth Maes (Oregon State University), and Sarah Fossett (Middlebury College)

Women’s Development Army

This Wednesday, as usual in this small town in rural Amhara, Eleni was running a weekly meeting with 30 women. The meeting was delayed in the midst of a spontaneous…

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“Losing a billion dollars a day”: The Cost of Not Breastfeeding

By: Dr. Dylan Walters (Project Director, Health Economics, Nutrition International)
[Interactive infographic below. Download the PDF here: Cost of not breastfeeding]

Recent history has shown us the powerful effect of data in appealing to both the emotional and rational interests of people. Shocking claims of the number of preventable deaths…

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Meeting global ICPD Commitments: putting SRH-HIV integration at the heart of health systems strengthening

By Susannah Mayhew (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Charlotte Warren (Population Council)

The UN’s World Population Day (11th July) calls attention to the need for the world to remember its commitments at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 25 years ago to make reproductive…

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Health Policy and Planning’s 2018 Impact Factor and Top 10

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

Another year, another impact factor. Health Policy and Planning’s new 2018 Impact Factor has seen another increase to 2.714, placing us 14th out of 81 journals in the Health Policy and Services category (Quartile 1). While most people…

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Digital Health for Communities: “It makes you someone who changes with the times”

By Kristy M. Hackett (Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

With the release of the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy on Digital Health, the inaugural State of Digital Health 2019, and novel tools like the Digital Health Atlas, the digital health…

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