News & Commentary

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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07 July 2014

Back to the People: Reorienting China’s Health System to Primary Care

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Victoria Fan, Tim Powell-Jackson, and Winnie Yip For decades, primary health care in China has been practically forgotten. Most people in China today seek care directly at hospitals rather than local village clinics. With hospitals overwhelmed by patients for even minor conditions, doctors provide l...

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04 July 2014

Getting up to speed on community health workers

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Mariam Bhacker Increasing recognition of the role that community health workers (CHWs) play in health service delivery has spurred the implementation of numerous CHW programs around the world. CHWs help alleviate resource and personnel shortages in national health systems, and with their ability to ...

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30 June 2014

5 key questions on close-to-community programmes as part of a broader health systems approach

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Photo courtesy of Photo by  Nena Terrell/USAID Ethiopia Kate Hawkins On the 26 June the UK Guardian newspaper held an online  Live Question and Answer Session on health systems .  Sally Theobald  contributed on behalf of  REACHOUT  with a focus on close-to-communit...

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18 June 2014

Infinite possibility in the palm of our hands

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Ashnie Padarath   First impressions of the Clinica da Familia Sergio Vieira de Mello With some favelas nudging near to Rio’s famous beaches, the stark inequality of the two incongruous scenes came as no surprise to us South Africans.  What did surprise us, however, was the quality of hea...

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