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Missing: confidence in Liberia’s health system

by Margaret E. Kruk, Associate Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

“Fear of Ebola breeds a terror of physicians” proclaimed an article in the New York Times recently, observing that sick people in rural areas were more comfortable with seeking help from traditional healers than health system workers…

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Under new leadership: making the most of India’s private health care system

by Arjun Vasan and Gina Lagomarsino, Results for Development Institute

Just over three months ago, Mr. Narendra Modi was inaugurated as the 14th Prime Minister of India after his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), resoundingly defeated the ruling Congress Party. Many observers are now looking to Mr. Modi, a…

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The power of mobile technology in global health

By Patricia Mechael, Executive Director, mHealth Alliance

The earliest insight I gained while studying the use of mobile technology to support global health efforts is that a mobile phone is only as good as the people and services that it connects. While this insight dates back to my PhD research…

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La suppression du paiement direct : en savons nous (vraiment) assez?

Valéry Ridde et Emilie Robert

«Je pense que la Banque était idéologique». Dans un entretien au Guardian début avril 2014 [i], le président de la Banque Mondiale surprit tout le monde en affirmant que son institution avait promu pendant des années le paiement direct au…

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Abolition of user fees: do we (really) know enough?

By Valéry Ridde and Emilie Robert, University of Montreal

“I think the bank was ideological”, in an interview with The Guardian last month the President of the World Bank surprised everyone by acknowledging that his institution had for years promoted user fees on the basis of an ideology.
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Muddling through the jungle of hospital priority setting

By Lydia Kapiriri, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University

Have you ever wondered why patient X goes to a hospital and gets all the treatment they need, yet, patient Y goes to the same hospital and somehow fails to get the treatment they need? I will…

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Sustainably graduating – so they don’t come home to live with us

By Robert Steinglass, Immunization Senior Advisor for JSI

Have we been kicking the can down Sustainability Street?

I have never forgotten his irritated impatience, or my surprise, when a senior WHO Immunization Officer told me 25 years ago, just as the resource-intensive and externally-driven UNICEF rush to achieve…

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Coherence between health policy and human resource strategy: implications for China’s health system reform

This blog post was originally published in International Health Policies

By Xiaoyun Liu

The lack of coherence between health policies and human resource (HR) strategy is one of the major causes for the failure to meet health goals, such as the MDGs. A recently published article in Health Policy and…

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Understanding the role of uncertainty in preparing for the unpredictable

By Prashant Yadav

The risk of a flu pandemic is amongst the top global risks today.  Scientists and public health experts seem to agree that it is a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ it happens.  It has been nearly 100 years since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, which…

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Posting and transfer holds clues to the health of health services

By Kabir Sheikh

A contract health worker is posted in a remote health post, 700 km away from where his spouse and children live. He sees them once a year, using up most of his annual leave of 18 days, in travel. He has been applying unsuccessfully to be posted…

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