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…

Share

Read more

What can we learn from trans fat policies in the Americas?

By Modi Mwatsama

In May 2013, the World Health Assembly adopted the Omnibus Resolution on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This landmark publication includes the global NCD action plan, goals and monitoring framework. It follows 20 months of negotiations by governments and global stakeholders after the United Nations High Level Meeting…

Share

Read more

Addressing the burden of injury in LMICs

By Richard Matzopoulos

There is no question that injuries impose a substantial health burden on low- and middle-income countries. It is also true that they receive much less attention than a plethora of competing conditions that affect these same countries, which in turn compromises our ability to prioritise, devise…

Share

Read more

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…

Share

Read more

Research in a vulnerable space

By Ursula Trummer

Undocumented migrants are among the most vulnerable groups in society, their daily living is characterised by uncertainty and abuse. Exploited on black labour markets, they are widely excluded from welfare systems. Seeking help from authorities is dangerous as it might result in detention and deportation. Research in…

Share

Read more

Systematic reviews: who is asking the question?

By Gill Walt

A recently published paper by de Jongh et al. reports on a study commissioned by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It offers a robust defence of the substantial financial investment donors have made with regard to these three diseases, demonstrating that their funds…

Share

Read more

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…

Share

Read more

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…

Share

Read more

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…

Share

Read more

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…

Share

Read more