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Analysis of the key components of a well functioning health system, including: health promotion; access to medicines; health systems financing; health service delivery; governance and health; and human resources for health.
Innovation in malaria surveillance in Cambodia
Man with mobile phone
S. Torfinn / Panos Pictures
A diverse set of tools - a mix of routine reporting systems using eHealth and mobile phone-based (mHealth) solutions - were developed in Cambodia to improve malaria surveillance and to provide the information needed by national and district staff to manage the national malaria programme, respond to malaria outbreaks and individual cases and monitor in real-time the levels of critical malaria supplies at health facilities.

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Social accountabilty initatives in health and nutrition: lessons from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
N. Nisbett; N. Ahmed; S. Deshpande; F. Feruglio / Institute of Development Studies UK 2017
South Asia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population and is a region of dynamic economic growth, yet it performs relatively poorly on health and nutrition indicators. As a potential route towards addressing th...
A mobile health application to manage acute malnutrition: lessons from developing and piloting the app in five countries
T. Frank / Save the Children Fund 2017
Malnutrition is the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality and the global burden of disease. Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is a proven high-impa...
Nutrition surveillance systems: their use and value
V. Tuffrey / Save the Children Fund 2017
The detrimental consequences of child undernutrition are well documented. The fact that the effects of undernutrition early in life are largely irreversible means that quick and effective action is crucial. Large-scale surveys...
Increasing evidence use among Ethiopia’s health planners and policymakers
M. Sudhakar; M. Woldie / International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2016
Between 2015 and 2016, Jimma University developed and ran a training and mentoring programme with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to improve the Ministry’s capacity for using evidence in policy making. This case study di...
Governing health care in Uganda: explaining the mixed record on delivering rural maternal health services
Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre 2016
Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), came to power with a ‘Ten-Point Plan’. This outlined clear and specific ideas about what was needed to improve service delivery, and the role the pu...
How are young people in South Africa using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps?
K. Hampshire / University of Durham 2015
Young people account for 30% of the population in South Africa, with just under 15 million young people aged 10 – 24 years. Adolescence is considered a time of both risk and opportunity: When rapid physical and psychological chan...
Out of the reach of children? Young people’s health-seeking agency in Africa’s newly-emerging therapeutic landscapes
K. Hampshire; G. Porter; S.A. Owusu / University of Durham 2011
The dominant view within Western biomedicine is that children are vulnerable and in need of adult protection, while medicines are powerful, dangerous and should be controlled by experts, however, a growing literature suggests that chi...
Caste and care: is Indian healthcare delivery system favourable for Dalits?
S. George / Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India 2015
The development literature in the recent past has brought out the stark differences in the social and economic status of Dalits and Adivasis as compared to other social groups in India. Most of these studies tended to focus on the cor...
Health in climate change research from 1990 to 2014: positive trend, but still underperforming
Global Health Action 2016
Climate change has been recognized as both one of the biggest threats and the biggest opportunities for global health in the 21st century. This trend review seeks to assess and characterize the amount and type of scientific literature...
Review and synthesis - ten years of research evidence in health and development: ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research
Sridhar Venkatapuram; Adam Coutts; Pooja Mall / Economic and Social Research Council, UK 2016
The ESRC–DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research was established in 2005 in order to ‘provide a robust conceptual and empirical basis for development and enhance the quality and impact of social science research whi...
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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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