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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.
Global health meets genomics: inequalities and politics
Medical lab technician
A. Loke / Panos Pictures
Scientific advances in the understanding of genetics and genomics have the potential to generate major improvements for human health in the near future. However, from a global health perspective, the translation of this technology into new medical treatments raises profound international and local issues around inequality, identity and insecurity. Melissa Leach - Director at the Institute of Development Studies, Gemma Buckland-Merrett - Research Fellow at the University of Susssex Centre for Global Health Policy, and Leah Murphy - Eldis Global Health Editor, provide some reflections on the interplay between advances in the areas of genomics and global health.

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Building healthier supply chains: the business case
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, 2014
It is increasingly clear that the economic health of countries, and of individuals, is directly tied to good nutrition. It is not difficult to see that this impact on productivity, lost future workforce and increased absenteeism due t...
Explaining the large disparities in health in the Philippines
Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2013
Despite the complexity and challenges in attribution of what causes good or ill health, this policy note argues that there are obvious key factors that can explain health disparities between the poor and the nonpoor in the Philippines...
Opportunities for making health financing and services more inclusive in the Philippines
Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2013
Growth does not automatically translate to more inclusive health services. Traditional trickle-down economics is too hopeful as a prescription for the reduction of poverty and social inequity. While growth may be a necessary condition...
The puzzle of economic growth and stalled health improvement in the Philippines
Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2013
The Philippine economy has grown respectably in the past few years, but the overall health status indicators have not markedly improved commensurate with that growth. This Policy Note provides an overview of the puzzle of econo...
Rapid desk-based study: The economic impact of road traffic accidents and injuries in developing countries
J. Fletcher / Evidence on Demand, 2014
This study has identified the evidence that exists on the economic impact of road traffic accidents and injuries on developing countries; it has also indicated the gaps in this evidence. Research includes an assessment of wheth...
Climate change, crop production and child under nutrition in Ethiopia; a longitudinal panel study
S. Hagos; T. Lunde; D.H. Mariam; T. Woldehanna; B. Lindtjørn / BMC Public Health, 2014
Background: The amount and distribution of rainfall and temperature influences household food availability, thus increasing the risk of child under nutrition. However, few studies examined the local spatial variability and the impact ...
Child undernutrition in Kenya: trend analyses from 1993 to 2008-09
D.J. Matanda; M.B. Mittelmark; D.M.D. Kigaru / BMC Medicine, 2014
Background: Research on trends in child undernutrition in Kenya has been hindered by the challenges of changing criteria for classifying undernutrition, and an emphasis in the literature on international comparisons of countries&rsquo...
Youth and abortion: key strategies and promising practices for increasing young women's access to abortion services
International Planned Parenthood Federation, 2014
Abortion is often portrayed in a one-dimensional way, primarily focusing on abortions of unwanted pregnancies. But abortion also affects education, professional careers and family life. This document is based on the findings of the ev...
Unintended Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in the Philippines: Context and Consequences
Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2013
How can reproductive health services improve in the Philippines? Although the government has enhanced access to contraceptive services, abortion is still illegal under all circumstances and about 1000 women die each year from complica...
Linking Poverty, Food Sovereignty And Security, And Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights
Why must Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) be a priority for the Post-2015 Development Agenda? SRHR is interlinked with areas such as gender, health, education and the environment and only if SRHR is considered for rele...
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