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A cheap way to save lives

By Joy Townsend

Smoking is the cause of roughly one in seven deaths in Europe. The recent study by David Levy et al. shows that half a million people die prematurely each year from smoking in Russia alone – where cigarette prices are particularly low and over 60% of men smoke…

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Physician salaries: one ingredient in the cake of retention

By Kate Tulenko

With the global migration of health workers increasing and population growth outstripping the training of new health workers in more and more countries, there is increasing emphasis on finding effective ways to retain health workers in country. In an effort to add light to this issue Edward…

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The road to universal health coverage in Kenya

By Adam Koon

Successful health finance reforms in several upper and lower middle-income countries have helped drive universal health coverage (UHC) to the top of the global health agenda. Unfortunately, low-income countries have few examples to guide them towards UHC. Instead they will largely be weighing the positive…

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2014: the year for every newborn

By Lara Brearley

2014 must be the year of the newborn. As Smith’s recent article states, despite huge strides in child survival, progress during the neonatal period has been disproportionately slow. Inaction is no longer an option – in many countries, persistently high rates of newborn mortality will hold countries…

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Antenatal care in India: what’s missing?

By Sanghita Bhattacharyya

From conception through to birth, a child’s health is very closely linked to its mother’s. The pre-delivery phase is a particularly important stage in the continuum of care. Good information and care during the antenatal period links the pregnant woman with the formal health…

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What can we learn from trans fat policies in the Americas?

By Modi Mwatsama

In May 2013, the World Health Assembly adopted the Omnibus Resolution on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This landmark publication includes the global NCD action plan, goals and monitoring framework. It follows 20 months of negotiations by governments and global stakeholders after the United Nations High Level Meeting…

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Addressing the burden of injury in LMICs

By Richard Matzopoulos

There is no question that injuries impose a substantial health burden on low- and middle-income countries. It is also true that they receive much less attention than a plethora of competing conditions that affect these same countries, which in turn compromises our ability to prioritise, devise…

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Contemplating capacity development for health policy and systems research

By Marsha Orgill

Is there enough individual as well as organisational capacity to help develop the field of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A) in Africa?

To begin to address this question, the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) set out to explore…

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Research in a vulnerable space

By Ursula Trummer

Undocumented migrants are among the most vulnerable groups in society, their daily living is characterised by uncertainty and abuse. Exploited on black labour markets, they are widely excluded from welfare systems. Seeking help from authorities is dangerous as it might result in detention and deportation. Research in…

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From fragility to resilience

By Karl Blanchet

When we talk about fragile states, we could cover the usual alarming figures: it is anticipated that by 2015, half of the world’s population living in poverty will be in fragile states. Similarly, while poverty continues to decline globally, fragile states still grapple with alarmingly poor…

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