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This guide aims to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on global health in developing countries. It aims to inform dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy actors and decision makers globally around issues such as: social determinants of health; health systems; infectious diseases; NCDs; HIV and Aids; injury and violence; maternal, newborn and child health; and nutrition.
Using Photovoice to improve health in the Sundarbans
S. Torfinn / Panos Pictures
Children in the Indian Sundarbans suffer from chronic malnutrition and communicable diseases. Furthermore, access to health facilities in the region is a challenge due to rough terrain and winding tidal rivers. Shibaji Bose, PIRU Officer for Future Health Systems, writes about the use of Photovoice in creating health policy change in the region.

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Rapid Assessment Method for Older People RAM-OP: the manual
HelpAge International, 2015
Older people (generally defined as people aged sixty years and older) are a vulnerable group for malnutrition in humanitarian and developmental contexts. Due to their age they have specific nutritional needs, such as easily digestible...
When the Hen Crows: Obstacles that Prevent Indigenous Women from Influencing Health-care Policies – A Case Study of Shillong, Meghalaya, India
P Oosterhoff; L Saprii; D Karlyngdoh; S Albert / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
This paper examines how the Indian state prioritises health needs, and how and whether poor and indigenous women are able to participate in decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. The focus is on the indigenous Khasi pop...
Constitutional Reforms and Access to HIV Services for Women in Low-resource Settings in Nairobi, Kenya
P Ooosterhoff; E Kageha Igonya / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
Four years after the approval of the new Constitution in Kenya in 2010, and one year after the devolution of health services in 2013, this case study examines: the difficulties that poor women and girls living in slum areas face in ge...
Psychosocial adjustment and mental health in former child soldiers – a systematic review of the literature and recommendations for future research
At any given moment, an estimated 300,000 children under 18 years of age are involved in armed forces or armed groups in more than 87 countries. This article reviews the available quantitative research on psychosocial adjustment and m...
ORIE Nigeria Gender Synthesis Report: Gender-related findings across ORIE studies (Year Three)
F. Hansford / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
Gender inequality and child mortality, morbidity and malnutrition are inextricably linked. Data collected in ORIE’s research and evaluation studies throw light on the links between the low status and autonomy of women, low uptak...
Food safety in developing countries: an overview
Evidence on Demand, 2015
Foodborne disease matters for development. It is a major public health problem. It presents a barrier to countries that wish to export and to smallholder farmers who wish to sell produce in high value domestic markets. It is also a ma...
Exploring the impact of the Ebola outbreak on routine maternal health services
S Jones; C Ameh / Voluntary Service Overseas, 2015
In May 2014, Sierra Leone, along with Guinea and Liberia, was hit by the biggest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic ever recorded. Up to August 2015 there have been 8696 confirmed cases and 3585 confirmed deaths in Sierra Leone. The e...
India Africa partnership in healthcare: accomplishments and propsects
Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2015
In the decades following India’s independence, the principle of South-South cooperation, particularly in the context of the non-aligned movement, has been at the forefront of India’s foreign policy towards Africa. Now, Ind...
Transport for health : the global burden of disease from motorized road transport
K Bhalla / World Bank, 2014
This report summarizes the findings of a long and meticulous journey of data gathering and analysis to quantify the health losses from road deaths and injuries worldwide, as part of the path-finding Global Burden of Disease (GBD) stud...
The Effectiveness of Emergency Obstetric Referral Interventions in Developing Country Settings: A Systematic Review
J Hussein; L Kanguru; M Astin; S Munjanja / PLoS Medicine, 2012
Pregnancy complications can be unpredictable and many women in developing countries cannot access health facilities where life-saving care is available. ? It should be possible to reduce maternal deaths (and the deaths of babies ...
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A scientific diagram of the circulatory system, painted on a wall in Dubangat Momicha government-run secondary school, in Ethiopia. The mural indicates the main arteries and veins of the heart.

© 2004 Crispin Hughes, Panos Pictures