News & Commentary

26 November 2014

Researchers, health providers and policy-makers are not immune to weak health systems

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Martin Muhire  Weeks have passed since the Cape Town statement from the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research .  I attended the symposium as an Emerging Voice for global health, an initiative of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium, and a vision of Prof Van Damme...

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24 November 2014

Behind the scenes of dual practice: understanding physicians’ engagement in private services in low-income settings

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Giuliano Russo  Barbara McPake Physicians’ engagement with dual practice and private sector activities has always been frowned-upon by patients and regulators alike, on ethical grounds, but also on the suspicion that it diverts scarce resources and effort from public services, particularly in...

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18 November 2014

Is there more than Beatles and Mersey in Liverpool? The 1st International Conference on Realist Approaches to Evaluation and Synthesis

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Marsha Orgill, Sara Van Belle, Woldekidan Amde, Aku Kwamie, Thubelihle Mathole, Gaëlle Vareilles, Emilie Robert, Valeria Campos da Silveira and Bruno Marchal The authors, members of the SHAPES cluster group on ‘theory-driven inquiry’ attended the 1 st International Conference on Realist Approac...

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06 November 2014

CHW Central and the TWG announce an exciting new partnership on Community Health Workers

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Kate Hawkins Initiatives Inc.’s CHW Central and the Thematic Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development are delighted to announce their decision to work together to improve the accessibility and applicability of evidence. A meeti...

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03 November 2014

Ebola emerges in fragile states: another ‘wake- up’ call for action on health systems in conflict affected states?

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Suzanne Fustukian Karen Cavanaugh In 2013 World Bank President Jim Kim stated that the lack of progress for many fragile states:  “s hould be a wake-up call to the global community not to dismiss these countries as lost causes,”  and that “ timely and critical support [is needed] to ...

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