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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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Impact of conditional cash transfers on maternal and newborn health
A. Glassman; D. Duran; M. Koblinsky / Center for Global Development, USA, 2013
Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) have been shown to increase health service utilisation among the poorest, but little is written on the effects of such programs on maternal and newborn health. The authors carry out a systemati...
Strengthening Health Systems for Resilience
G Bloom; H MacGregor; A McKenzie; E Sokpo. / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
In countries with high levels of poverty or instability and with poor health system management and governance, people are highly vulnerable to shocks associated with ill health, including major epidemics. An effective health system ca...
Assessment of the Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact of Hurricane Wilma on Jamaica
Planning Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica, 2005
Hurricane Wilma of 2005 has gone down in the record books as the most intense hurricane to have developed in any Atlantic Hurricane Season, having generated sustained wind speeds of 280 km/h.  The main impacts of on the environme...
Effect of routine iron supplementation with or without folic acid on anemia during pregnancy
M.Y Yakoob; Z.A Bhutta / BMC Public Health, 2011
Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutrient deficiency in the world, particularly during pregnancy. According to the literature, anaemia, particularly severe anaemia, is associated with increased risk of maternal mortality. It also...
Community-based intervention packages for reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality and improving neonatal outcomes (Review)
Z.S. Lassi,; B.A. Haider,; Z.A. Bhutta / Cochrane Library, 2010
While women, newborn and under-five child death rates in developing countries have declined significantly in the past two to three decades, newborn mortalities have hardly changed. It is now been recognised that almost half of newborn...
Effect of breastfeeding promotion interventions on breastfeeding rates, with special focus on developing countries
A Imdad; M.Y Yakoob; Z.A Bhutta / BMC Public Health, 2011
Given the recognised benefits of breastfeeding for the health of the mother and infants, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for the first six months of life. However, the prevalence of EBF is ...
Indoor Air Pollution: There is no smoke without fire
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 2009
The wide variety of interventions available to reduce indoor air pollution levels, exposure and the associated health effects can be grouped into three categories: (i) those that change the source of pollution such as fuel switching o...
Health insurance for the poor: myth or reality
H Waddington; S Mahendra (ed); H White; C Chapoy / International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 2009
A growing evidence base suggests that health insurance in poor areas can improve people’s access to health care. But the poorest in these areas do not seem to benefit much. Health insurance programs, generally, have not helped i...
The Diffusion of Health Knowledge through Social Networks: An Impact Evaluation of Health Knowledge Asymmetries on Child Health
A. Dillon; D. Olney; M. Ruel / International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 2013
This research is embedded in a larger cluster-randomized control trial that aimed to evaluate the impact of Helen Keller International’s Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) model on the nutritional status of women and youn...
Millennium Development Goals Scenarios to 2015 and Beyond: An Integrated Micro-Macro Modelling Approach
R. M. Briones / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2014
The Philippines has made considerable progress in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, achieving all the targets remains a daunting challenge, with goals for poverty, education, and maternal mortality unlikely t...
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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.

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