What a lack of breastfeeding support is costing the world

By Dylan Walters (Nutrition International) and Sandra Remancus (Alive & Thrive)

Every year, a lack of concerted support for breastfeeding from governments around the world costs the global economy more than US$570 billion. These losses, the cumulative result of child and maternal mortality, increased healthcare costs, and depleted human…

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Health Policy and Planning’s Top 10 Articles Contributing to the 2021 Impact Factor

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

The 2021 impact factors have now been released and we are pleased to announce we have seen another increase in our impact factor which has gone up to 3.547 with our 5-year impact factor coming in at 4…

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People-centered strategies for the management of drug-resistant tuberculosis is not sexy enough science

By Uzma Khan (IRD Pakistan; Karachi, Pakistan and IRD Global; Singapore, Singapore)

Since 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended treating patients affected with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) using a clinic- or community-based ambulatory care model. However, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) continue to struggle to…

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Untangling the complex pathways towards maternal, late fetal and newborn survival and health through more holistic, contextualized research

By Andrea Blanchard (University of Manitoba) & Neha Singh (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Long and winding roads

How can we answer some of the most complex questions in public health? As researchers, we often don’t go far enough to locate our understandings of specific, short-term…

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Call for abstracts: Rethinking External Assistance for Health

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In a recently published Commentary in Health Policy and Planning, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences have raised questions about the availability, design, implementation, and accountability of external assistance for health. We argue that these questions have made urgent the need for a fundamental…

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Men who have sex with men: stigma within healthcare settings in Senegal

By Fanny Procureur (University College London)

Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Senegal face violent homophobia and a very challenging socio-legal context because homosexuality is still illegal in the country. MSM constantly live in fear of being denounced and taken by the police or beaten up. They…

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Online dual practice of public hospital doctors: the case of China

By Hongqiao Fu, PhD (School of Public Health, Peking University)

Background

Telemedicine and telehealth hold promise for reducing access barriers, improving quality, and containing health expenditure. As Internet companies enter the healthcare market, a rising number of online healthcare platforms have emerged worldwide. These platforms primarily use telephone and videoconferencing…

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Health Policy and Planning’s Top 10 articles in 2021

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.

At Health Policy and…

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Want to systematically apply gender analysis? Use a gender analysis matrix

By Rosemary Morgan, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A gender lens can and should be applied to all health research and intervention topics that involve people. This is because gender power relations affect everybody. Despite this, there has been a historic neglect of gender-based analysis in…

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SUPPLEMENT LAUNCH! Reimagining health systems for better health and social justice

Health Systems Global (HSG) and Health Policy and Planning (HPP), with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), are pleased to announce the publication of a Special Supplement – Reimagining health systems for better health and social justice.

This Supplement distills and spotlights some of the rich debates and…

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