Why Family Planning Matters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Huffington Post The sun is setting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2015, the world will shift its focus toward a new development agenda.
Community recruits can plug the shortage of qualified health workers and help the UN deliver on its promise to save 16 million women and children by 2015, write Helen Morton
This article in the Guardian's Global Development Professionals Network cites a recent meta analysis of evidence from over 50 qualitative studies of community health worker programmes globally, which identified eight key factors that could help facilitate success.
Research for Development Building institutions for health and health systems in contexts of rapid change
This paper focuses on the creation of institutions to overcome information asymmetry and encourage the provision of safe, effective and affordable health services in this context of complexity and rapid change.
All disasters are inherently local and require a coordinated response at the lowest jurisdictional level within an impacted area.
This paper highlights lessons from recent disasters in the US, which highlighted the need for emergency services to engage more proactively with key community stakeholders to enhance public health preparedness.
This guide is intended to provide governments, donors, country organizations, and implementing partners with a low cost and replicable approach to monitoring the process of scaling up innovations in health.
This article presents an example of a community-based project that adopts an empowerment education model in health literacy.
Based within a small indigenous community in the Philippines, participants were engaged in critical reflection to gain a better understanding of how health is conceptualised within their socio-economic and political environment and its implications for practice, power relations and subjective experiences. The article concludes with the assertion that although developing health literacy skills is important, we must never lose sight of unbalanced power relations and unfair structures that hinder positive social change.
This platform is an open and inclusive consultation space to discuss the role of health in the post 2015 development agenda. The convenors aim to generate a representative cross section of views and start to build consensus in five key areas: What are the lessons learnt from the health related MDGs? What is the priority health agenda for the 15 years after 2015? How does health fit in the post 2015 development agenda? What are the best indicators and targets for health? And how can country ownership, commitment, capacity and accountability for the goals, targets and indicators be enhanced? The platform is co-convened by WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Government of Sweden and the Government of Botswana.
The charity hopes other organisations will do likewise and this will bring health benefits to vulnerable communities.
As an example of the potential benefits of an open data policy MSF highlights how it shared its data on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis with external researchers who were conducting a large-scale analysis of treatment outcomes, "the results of which directly influenced new WHO guidelines on programmatic treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis."
However, making health data freely available raises questions about privacy, especially in developing contexts where there may be insufficient control of who collects such data and how they use it. MSF explains that it will avoid misuse by adopting a "managed access" policy: limiting the amount of data stored in its free-to-access online repository and requiring researchers to apply to obtain more sensitive data.
To read the full article on Scidev, with a link to MSF's research and data repository please go to: http://www.scidev.net/global/data/news/msf-pioneers-opening-up-access-to-humanitarian-data.html?utm_content=buffer5e9b1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Improving health was core to establishing the Millennium Development Goals, focusing on disease-specific targets. But ultimately there is more to global health than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, an expert from the U.K.
Despite their relatively advanced health systems, many European countries still have a way to go in leveraging available knowledge for policymaking.
While the brief seeks to highlight common features of health systems across Europe, it pays particular attention to experiences in lower-income countries, particularly in terms of resources available to support the production, packaging and sharing of health systems information. It also addresses the experiences of non-English speaking countries, given that most health systems information is currently available primarily in English. These aspects, make the issues highlighted in the Brief particularly relevant for health policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders in developing countries and other parts of the world.
On average 40-60 per cent of public expenditure goes to education, health and other types of social spending in Africa, which calls for improved governance, voice and accountability in social service delivery.
Rwanda is held up as a model of good governance in the health sector, having managed "to transform what was considered to be one of the weakest health care systems into one that excels in socio-economic outcomes through application of instruments such as Result Based Financing (RBF),” according to Richard Dezibera, Secretary General of the East African Community.
In order to build capacity for delivering such outcomes across the region, the African Development Bank and partners held the first training workshop of its "Value for Money" programme in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 4-7 November, 2013. The programme seeks to build the skills of key stakeholders to address inefficiencies in socila spending in African countries.
Global and national momentum to address the challenge of malnutrition has never been higher, and the knowledge now exists to build commitment and to convert it into enduring impacts, according to the authors of the fourth paper in The Lancet...
The ‘Seeds of Knowledge’, booklet highlights 24 case studies on grassroots solutions to the impacts of climate change, from 17 countries.
This UNEP publication aims to show that grassroots, community-led responses are already playing an essential role in building resilience to climate change across all regions of the world. The cases cover a range of themes, from ecosystems management, energy and water, to governance, capacity building and risk management.