News & Commentary

24 September 2014

Global Health and the Problem of Local Context

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Stephanie M Topp The lead up to the upcoming 3rd Global Health Systems Symposium may be a good time to reflect on an emerging paradox in the world of global health.  On the one hand, we are seeing a growing emphasis on the need to generate health service and clinical models that work across mul...

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19 September 2014

Inviting Foucault to Cape Town

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Kerry Scott    There is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations. ― Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison What would French philosop...

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02 September 2014

When fragile states can’t deliver: How providers and users can collaborate to make services more people-centered

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Lara Ho As the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa is demonstrating so horrifically, health systems in many post-conflict countries aren’t able to address some basic needs. This may be due to political will, human resources, or financing. This gap is not insurmountable, however. Investing in streng...

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22 August 2014

A new era for the WHO health system building blocks?

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Jeffrey V. Lazarus* Tim France** A health system consists of all the organizations, institutions, resources and people whose primary purpose is to improve health. a  There is mounting evidence that health systems that can deliver services equitably and efficiently are critical for achieving imp...

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09 July 2014

Patient Centred Care and People Centred Health Systems: Reflections from a group of Emerging Voices

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Stephanie M Topp*  With the upcoming Cape Town symposium generating increasing buzz, the associated 2014 class of Emerging Voices has just started their distance-learning modules.  As always, in the lead up to the ‘main event’ those participating in this forum engage in a series of onl...

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