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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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Making health insurance work for the poor: learning from the Self-Employed Women’s Association’s (SEWA) community-based health insurance scheme in India
M. Kent Ranson / Social Science and Medicine, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to measure the distributional impact of a large community-based health insurance (CBHI) scheme in Gujarat, India, which reimburses hospitalisation costs, and to identify barriers to optimal distributional ...
Who gains, who loses and how: leveraging gender and class intersections to secure health entitlements
G. Sen; A. Iyer / Social Science and Medicine, 2012
This paper argues that a focus on the middle groups in a multi-dimensional socioeconomic ordering can provide valuable insights into how different axes of advantage and disadvantage intersect with each other. It develops the elements ...
Placing gender at the centre of health programming: challenges and limitations
C. Vlassoff; C.G. Moreno / World Health Organization, 2002
This paper argues that a gender analysis is fundamental to health and health planning. The authors begin with a definition of gender and related concepts including equity and equality. This is followed by a discussion on w...
Building a motivated health workforce during and post the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
ReBUILD Consortium, 2015
The already weak health care delivery sector in Sierra Leone has been further overburdened with the Ebola outbreak. All efforts made towards strengthening the health system and working towards providing equitable access to healthcare ...
Science and technology for health: towards universal access in a changing world
G. Bloom / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2009
Most anti-colonial movements in the second half of the 20th Century promised to provide universal access to health services. The Alma Ata Declaration of 1978 presented a consensus view of how governments could deliver on this promise....
The Political Economy of Avian Influenza Response and Control in Vietnam
T. Vu / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2009
As a country suffering from large-scale Avian Influenza (AI) outbreaks and receiving considerable international support, Vietnam provides a crucial case not to be missed in any analysis of the global AI crisis. Vietnam is also in...
Cambodia’s Victim Zero: Global and National Responses to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
S. Ear / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2009
Cambodia’s experience with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since the disease was discovered on a farm outside Phnom Penh in January 2004 reveals important aspects of how a developing country with limited resources and c...
Knowledge accumulation and the development of poliomyelitis vaccines
O. Yaqub / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2009
What does it take to develop a vaccine? This paper explores the technical and institutional conditions that allow reliable knowledge to build up in a series of structured stages from the laboratory to the field. The paper highlights t...
Morbidity patterns in Kerala: levels and determinants
K. Navaneetham; M. Kabir; C. S. Krishnakumar / Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India, 2009
This paper examines the levels, patterns, and determinants of morbidity in Kerala. This study is based on a community survey conducted in 2004, in three districts of the state namely Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram and Kannur. The surv...
Citizen Participation in Evaluating Health Services: The Latin American Experience
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2015
Throughout Latin America, civil society groups are using report cards as a tool to gather citizen feedback on the quality and coverage of public services. This Brief focuses on the use of report cards to assess health services, in par...
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