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Antenatal care in India: what’s missing?

By Sanghita Bhattacharyya

From conception through to birth, a child’s health is very closely linked to its mother’s. The pre-delivery phase is a particularly important stage in the continuum of care. Good information and care during the antenatal period links the pregnant woman with the formal health…

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Contemplating capacity development for health policy and systems research

By Marsha Orgill

Is there enough individual as well as organisational capacity to help develop the field of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A) in Africa?

To begin to address this question, the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) set out to explore…

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Overcoming inequalities in a mixed health system: the new Chilean miracle?

By Claudio Mendez
How do we overcome inequalities in a mixed health system? This is an important question, which for me does not have a clear, evidence-based answer. One of the reasons why this question remains unanswered is that the politics of health systems are not usually addressed when…

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Is there a reason to scale up public-private engagements in the South African health system?

By Lucy Gilson

The South African health system is a plural health system, with a strong private sector – encompassing private-for-profit providers of various forms of health care, private health insurance companies, commercial companies providing a range of services to all parts of the health sector, and others, such…

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How strongly committed are global organizations to the strengthening of national health systems?

By Jeremy Shiffman and Tamara Hafner

Following a period of focus on disease-specific initiatives, including the emergence of GAVI, PEPFAR and the Global Fund, a number of global health organizations have come to give attention to the issue of health systems strengthening. In a paper published earlier this year…

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The science and practice of people-centred health systems

Health Policy and Planning and the organizers of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research are pleased to issue a call for papers for a special supplement on the theme of “The science and practice of people-centred health systems”. The theme for the call is also the theme…

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From fragility to resilience

By Karl Blanchet

When we talk about fragile states, we could cover the usual alarming figures: it is anticipated that by 2015, half of the world’s population living in poverty will be in fragile states. Similarly, while poverty continues to decline globally, fragile states still grapple with alarmingly poor…

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Performance-based financing: a magic bullet for health systems change?

By Josephine Borghi

For many low- and middle-income country governments it is no longer a question of whether to introduce performance-based funding but how to. This is a result of the large scale promotion and funding of performance-based schemes by a number of donors who see this…

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Welcome to Health Policy and Planning Debated. We have created this blog to spark conversations about challenges in health systems, opportunities, evidence and innovation.

We will be presenting the best in health systems research, voices of young researchers and snapshots in policy and practice – and their interfaces with research.

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