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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

“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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading