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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.

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What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya
Martin Oliver / Global Health Action 2015
Community health workers (CHWs) are used increasingly in the world to address shortages of health workers and the lack of a pervasive national health system. However, while their role is often described at a policy level, it is not cl...
Barriers to completing TB diagnosis in Yemen: services should respond to patients’ needs
Rachel M. Anderson de Cuevas / PLoS ONE 2014
Obtaining a diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) is a prerequisite for accessing specific treatment, yet one third of estimated new cases are missed worldwide by National Programmes. This study investigated economic, geographical, socio-cul...
Helpdesk report: Comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health services
Evie Browne / Health and Education Advice and Resource Team 2016
This Helpdesk Report responds to the following query: What are the areas of likely comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health care services for public health goals particularly in the areas of MNCH and SRH inclu...
Managing the public-€“private mix to achieve universal health coverage
K. Hanson; B. McPake / The Lancet 2016
The private sector has a large and growing role in health systems in low-income and middle-income countries. The goal of universal health coverage provides a renewed focus on taking a system perspective in designing policies to manage...
Prohibit, constrain, encourage, or purchase: how should we engage with the private health-care sector?
D. Montagu; C. Goodman / The Lancet 2016
The private for-profit sector's prominence in health-care delivery, and concern about its failures to deliver social benefit, has driven a search for interventions to improve the sector's functioning. The authors review evidence for t...
Performance of private sector health care: implications for universal health coverage
Rosemary Morgan; T. Ensor; Hugh Waters / The Lancet 2016
Although the private sector is an important health-care provider in many low-income and middle-income countries, its role in progress towards universal health coverage varies. Studies of the performance of the private sector have focu...
What is the private sector? Understanding private provision in the health systems of low-income and middle-income countries
M. Mackintosh; A. Channon; Anup Karan; Sakthivel Selvaraj; Eleonora Cavagnero; H. Zhao / The Lancet 2016
Private health care in low-income and middle-income countries is very extensive and very heterogeneous, ranging from itinerant medicine sellers, through millions of independent practitioners — both unlicensed and licensed — ...
Audience reception and evaluation study for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR ) Communication Program in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Soul Beat 2014
Soul City is coordinating the implementation of a program on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) among youths and key populations in Southern Africa. The component focusing on key populations namely female sex workers...
New communication strategies for preventing misinformation
TELL ME Transparent communication in Epidemics 2015
The main purpose of this document is to offer recommendations to prevent the emergence and spread of misinformation in the course of a major infectious disease outbreak, and how misinformation can be corrected. Additionally, t...
Vunja Ukimya, Zungumza na Mwenzio: a mass media campaign to motivate couples to communicate effectively for HIV-free households
H. Connor; D. McCown / EngenderHealth 2014
Vunja Ukimya, Zungumza na Mwenzio: A Mass Media Campaign to Motivate Couples to Communicate Effectively for HIV-Free Households "As a result of the campaign, couples were motivated to communicate about health, and men and women...
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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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