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Economic factors can play an important role in raising tobacco taxes and advancing public health goals in LMICs

By Ayotemide Akin-Onitolo (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Benjamin Hawkins (University of Cambridge)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) established the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that recommends six evidence-based tobacco control measures: monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies, protecting people from tobacco smoke, offering…

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Multisectoral Governance for Reproductive Health: Challenges and Lessons from the Philippines

By Vanessa T. Siy Van (Health Sciences Program, Ateneo de Manila University) and Jhanna Uy (Research Department, Philippine Institute for Development Studies; Health Sciences Program, Ateneo de Manila University)

What is Multisectoral Governance?

Since the twentieth century, governments have recognized that health is as much a product of social, economic…

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Universal health coverage policies may fail to ensure the provision of primary care for all without a stronger commitment to community health

By Andres Garchitorena (Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement and NGO PIVOT), Felana A. Ihantamalala (Harvard Medical School and NGO PIVOT), and Matthew H. Bonds (Harvard Medical School and NGO PIVOT).

Background

Nearly half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services. To address this, most countries…

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Current approaches to COVID-19 emergency response planning: scope to promote health systems resilience and reduce avoidable death and illness

By Saqif Mustafa (World Health Organization), Yu Zhang (World Health Organization), Zandile Zibwowa (World Health Organization), Redda Seifeldin (World Health Organization), Louis Ako-Egbe (World Health Organization Country Office, Monrovia, Liberia), Geraldine McDarby (World Health Organization), Edward Kelley (World Health Organization), Sohel Saikat (World Health Organization)

COVID-19 has been…

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Facility births are not all the same. Poor, high parity women are underserved by hospitals for childbirth in rural Tanzania

Manuela Straneo (Athena Institute, VU University) , Claudia Hanson (LSHTM and Karolinska Institutet), Lenka Benova (Institute of Tropical Medicine and LSHTM) , Thomas van den Akker (VU University and Leiden University)

Background

What does it take to provide effective childbirth care to the poorest women in rural sub-Saharan Africa? Understanding where…

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Vaccine hesitancy within Black people in the UK: A person-centredness approach

By Michelle Udoh (LSHTM MSc student in Global Mental Health)
Cultural competence training must be delivered to all persons involved with the delivery of the programme, to minimise the repercussions that racist attitudes and behaviours have on minority ethnic communities.”
The concentrated and collaborative efforts of governments and various stakeholders…

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Bridging the gap for post-project evaluations of adolescent sexual and reproductive health projects: Guidance from WHO

By Susan Igras (Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, Center for Child and Human Development), Marina Plesons (UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the World Health Organization) and Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli (UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World…

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Antibiotic Resistance: Lessons from Behaviour Change Interventions in LMICs

By Carla Cuevas (University College London), Neha Batura (University College London), Luh Putu Lila Wulandari (University of New South Wales and Udayana University), Mishal Khan (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Aga Khan University) and Virginia Wiseman (University of New South Wales and London School of Hygiene &amp…

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Cervical cancer prevention in Ethiopia—health benefits and financial risk protection

By: Allison Portnoy (Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

What is financial risk protection?

Policymakers use a number of priority-setting frameworks to make decisions but accounting only for health gains and medical costs averted in the case of vaccination can neglect important…

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A long way to ensuring access to quality antenatal care in east Africa: challenges and future directions

Firew Bobo (University of Technology Sydney), Augustine Asante (University of New South Wales), Mirkuzie Woldie (Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia), Andrew Hayen (University of Technology Sydney)

Background

Improvements in maternal and newborn health coverage have not led to anticipated progress in maternal and newborn health indicators in low- and middle…

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