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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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Celebrating commitment to mental health care in primary health care settings

By Jessica Spagnolo (Department of Community Health Sciences and Charles-Le Moyne-Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Research Centre on Health Innovations, Université de Sherbrooke)

Global mental health aims to increase access to mental health care and to encourage the social inclusion of people living with mental ill health by promoting…

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World Breastfeeding Week: The Cost of Not Breastfeeding Infographic

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Global economic costs of not breastfeeding are around US £341 billion annually and globally inadequate breastfeeding leads…

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Health Policy and Planning’s 2017 Impact Factor and Top 10 articles

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

Health Policy and Planning has received a new 2017 Impact Factor which has seen an increase to 2.420, placing us 17th out of 79 journals in the Health Policy and Services category (Quartile 1). With a new impact factor…

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STEP-BY-STEP: How to measure health worker motivation in Low- and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)

By Jo Borghi (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

This published paper on ‘How to do (or not to do)… Measuring health worker motivation in surveys in low- and middle-income countries’ aims to provide a practical overview of the steps involved in designing and implementing surveys measuring health…

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Twitter chat on 3rd October for Launch of Supplement – Join Us!

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

I am pleased to announce that @HPP_LSHTM will be hosting a Twitter chat on 3 OCTOBER using the hashtag #CommunityMNH!

Date: 3 October, 2017
Time: 2-3pm UK TIME
Location: Twitter – lead by @HPP_LSHTM

This Twitter chat will discuss the…

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Interrogating the evidence: The potential for social safety nets to reduce childhood violence

By Amber Peterman (UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti) and Anastasia (Naomi) Neijhoft (UNICEF Mozambique)

Non-contributory social safety nets (SSNs), including cash and in-kind transfers, public works and vouchers or fee waivers, are typically designed to provide regular and predicable support to poor populations and have become a…

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Martin McKee: The Brexit White Paper—making Britain great again?

By Martin McKee (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Cross-posted with kind permission from the BMJ Opinion blog.

The long awaited Brexit White Paper has finally appeared. Yet Martin McKee finds it fails to shed any light on how Brexit’s consequences for health (or much else) will…

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Health Policy and Planning- Year In Review 2016

Happy New Year to all of our readers, authors, reviewers, editorial board members and health policy and planning community!

In 2016 we achieved some exciting developments at Health Policy and Planning and so in this blog, we take a look back at the previous year with our top 10 highlights…

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Health markets and antibiotics: Unlikely places you can buy them

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

This blog is extracted with kind permission and modifications from Singapore Sling.

The long flight back home from the Fourth Health Systems Research Symposium in Vancouver provided an opportunity to reflect on the plethora of thought-provoking discussions that took…

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