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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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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...
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...
Break Your Bones – Mortality and Morbidity Associated with Haiti’s Chikungunya Epidemic
A.R. Kolbe / Igarape Institute, 2014
In December 2013, chikungunya, a deadly dengue-like virus spread by mosquitos, was first diagnosed in the Americas on the island of St. Martin. The disease quickly spread to neighboring islands and on May 7 the Haitian Ministry of Hea...
South Africa's National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP): case study
K. Rendall-Mkosi; F. Wenhold; N.B. Sibanda / Home Grown School Feeding, 2013
The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in South Africa is a large government sponsored programme reaching over 8 million learners in primary and secondary schools. The emphasis of the programme is on the provision of the daily...
Perceptions of health stakeholders on task shifting and motivation of community health workers in different socio demographic contexts in Kenya (nomadic, peri-urban and rural agrarian)
B.M. Ochieng 2014
The shortage of health professionals in low income countries is recognized as a crisis. Community health workers are part of a “task-shift” strategy to address this crisis. Task shifting in this paper refers to the delegat...
Task-shifting and prioritisation: a situational analysis examining the role and experiences of community health workers in Malawi
S. Smith / Human Resources for Health, 2014
As low- and middle-income countries face continued shortages of human resources for health and the double burden of infectious and chronic diseases, there is renewed international interest in the potential for community health workers...
Supervising community health workers in low-income countries – a review of impact and implementation issues
Z. Hill 2014
Community health workers (CHWs) are an increasingly important component of health systems and programs. Despite the recognised role of supervision in ensuring CHWs are effective, supervision is often weak and under-supported. Little i...
The state of the world’s midwifery 2014: A universal pathway - a woman’s right to health
United Nations Population Fund, 2014
This report presents findings on midwifery from 73 low and middle- income countries. The report, produced by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and several other par...
Cost and impact of policies to remove fees for obstetric care in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Morocco
S Witter / FEMHealth, 2014
User fee exemption for delivery and emergency obstetric care (EmONC) has been introduced by several African countries with the aim of improving access to care and thus improving maternal and neonatal outcomes. However, the current evi...
Developing leadership and managementcompetencies in low and middle-income countryhealth systems: a review of the literature
J Daire; L Gilson; S Cleary / Resilient and Responsive Health Systems, 2014
Strong leadership and management competencies are key elements for encouraging health systems that are responsive to population needs. This paper undertakes a review of the existing management and leadership literature from ...
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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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