News & Commentary

02 August 2015

Reflections on what we gain from talking to colleagues who live and work in challenging contexts

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By Karen Daniels* I recently had the enormous privilege of visiting Beirut for the first time. My colleagues Etienne V Langlois, Elie Akl and I have begun work on a methods reader for systematic reviews of health policy and systems research on behalf of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Res...

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24 July 2015

HSG Board Officers and Secretariat meeting focuses on growing the community and intensifying engagement

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Health Systems Global Board Officers recently held a mini-retreat in Istanbul on June 23-24, 2015 with the new HSG Secretariat. The purpose was to evaluate the current functioning of the organization, craft a clear road map for 2015–16 and start the process of revisiting the long-term strategy for...

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23 July 2015

How can we best work with for-profit drug vendors for better health care?

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By Birger Forsberg* At the 11th World Congress in Health Economics in Milan Jenny Liu from University of California San Francisco and I, both active in the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on the Private Sector in Health , organized a session on market challenges and low-cost solutions i...

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06 July 2015

Cancer care in India: Need for multi-layered communication strategies among providers

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By Kalyani Subbiah* A periodic refrain heard in public health debates in India today is the need to better understand ethical dimensions in care-giving within the health system. Some of these dimensions are most manifested in interactions with women screened or diagnosed with gynecological cancers.&...

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01 July 2015

Addressing the human resources for health crisis: The role of action research to improve workforce performance

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By Joanna Raven* The single biggest barrier for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieving Universal Health Coverage is the lack of an adequate and well-performing health workforce. This deficit can be addressed by training more new health personnel and/or by improving the performance of the exist...

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