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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.
MAMA Mia! Are mHealth programmes living up to the hype?
Women using mobile phone
P. Lissac / Panos Pictures
Mobile communication technology is becoming a more popular tool in maternal health. Three years on since Hillary Clinton launched the MAMA programme and as Canada prepares to host the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit, we look at the possibilities and potential pitfalls of this tool.

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Success factors for women's and children's health: Policy and programme highlights from 10 fast-track cuontries
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, 2014
There have been substantial achievements towards MDGs 4 and 5 (to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health) from 1990 (the baseline for the MDGs) to 2014. Despite this, every year 6.6 million children&nbs...
Reimagining mobile in South Africa: Lessons from year one
This report explores the programmatic processes, successes and lessons learned by Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA), an innovative public-private partnership that delivers vital health information to...
Highlighting the evidence gap: how cost-effective are interventions to improve early childhood nutrition and development?
N. Batura / Oxford Journals, 2014
There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of early childhood interventions to improve the growth and development of children. Although, historically, nutrition and stimulation interventions may have been delivered separately, the...
Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh
T. Ahmed / BioMed Central, 2014
Inadequate energy and micronutrient intake during childhood is a major public health problem in developing countries. Ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) made of locally available food ingredients can improve micronutrient status a...
Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach the poor at scale?
E. Tung; S. Bennett / Globalization and Health, 2014
The bottom of the pyramid concept suggests that profit can be made in providing goods and services to poor people, when high volume is combined with low margins. To-date there has been very limited empirical evidence from the health s...
Beyond storms & droughts: the psychological impacts of climate change
S. Clayton; C. Manning; C. Hodge / American Psychological Association, 2014
This report divides the impacts of climate change on human wellbeing and health into three general categories: impacts on mental health, impacts on physical health, and impacts on community health. It concludes with two sets of recomm...
The contribution of malaria control to maternal and newborn health
J. Hill; A. van Eijk / Roll Back Malaria, World Health Organization (WHO), 2014
This latest report in the Roll Back Malaria's Progress & Impact Series shares evidence that intermittent preventive malaria treatment during pregnancy and the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) can reduce by 18% the r...
Health and peace recovery: situation report on nodding syndrome case management
D.B. Otim; J. Odong / Refugee Law Project, Uganda, 2013
This report is a follow up on the developments associated with Nodding Syndrome (NS) in northern Uganda. The report entails a summary of key issues, responses and challenges noted in the response to NS in the region. The author...
An exploration and critique of the use of mental health information within refugee status determination proceedings in the United Kingdom
Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, 2014
This study seeks to understand the composition, use and cultural orientation of mental health evidence within the UK’s refugee status determination (RSD) process. It responds to an increasing importance placed on considering evi...
Children’s multidimensional health and medium-run cognitive skills
E. Aurino; F. Burchi / Young Lives, 2014
By recognising the multifaceted nature of health, this paper engages in the lively debate on the effects of health in early childhood on educational outcomes in later life stages, bringing new evidence from four low-and middle-income ...
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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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