All posts in low-income countries

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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Is user fee removal a way towards universal coverage of delivery care in Sub-Saharan Africa? Compelling evidence from Burkina Faso

Written by Hoa T. Nguyen1, David Zombré², Valery Ridde2,3, Manuela De Allegri1

It is well known that user fees charged at point of use constitute a major financial barrier to accessing health care, especially for vulnerable groups like pregnant women. Every year, mainly due to the financial barriers, more…

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HSR Symposium 2018 and Health Policy and Planning

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

Starting on the 8th October – this marks the start of the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research; a full and diverse programme addressing the theme of ‘Advancing health systems for all in the SDG era’ from 8-12th October…

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Cash support: a new tool to decrease Intimate Partner Violence?

By: Ana Maria Buller and Meghna Ranganathan, Assistant Professors at LSHTM and Amber Peterman, Consultant to the UNICEF Office of Research—Innocenti
This blog has been cross-posted with kind permission from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

We’ve all heard the statistics—intimate partner violence…

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Call for Papers: “Advancing Health Systems for all in the SDG Era”

This call for papers is jointly organised by the journal Health Policy and Planning, and the organizer of the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018) – Health Systems Global. This call is intended for those who have had conference abstracts and/or presentations accepted HSR2018. Authors should submit their…

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The politics of alcohol and policy formulation

By Adam Bertscher, Leslie London & Marsha Orgill (all authors University of Cape Town)

Alcohol is contributing to a growing global burden of non-communicable diseases. Some of these diseases are referred to as ‘industrial epidemics’ because they are the result of social or commercial determinants of health. In other…

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SUPPLEMENT LAUNCH: Strengthening health system leadership for better governance: what does it take?

By Lucy Gilson (University of Cape Town)
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Why is health system leadership so important? And what can be done to improve health system leadership in low- and middle-income countries for better governance? A new supplement in Health Policy and Planning addresses these questions providing evidence…

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Does the Nigerian private sector provide quality maternal health care to reduce maternal and newborn mortality?

By Atsumi Hirose (Karolinska Institutet), Julia Hussein (University of Aberdeen), Ibrahim Yisa (Partnership for Transforming Health Systems II)

Private sector for universal health coverage

One of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 is to achieve universal health coverage, which includes ensuring access to quality maternal health care services…

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