All posts in low-income countries

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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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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