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Pathways to progress in health: lessons from leading performers | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Pathways to progress in health: lessons from leading performers | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
This event will launch four case studies exploring progress in tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sierra Leone and Cambodia, maternal health in Nepal, and maternal and child health in Mozambique.
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Nepal's progress in improving maternal health demonstrates what can be done when there is effective leadership, even in contexts where resources are limited.


See related article and video with lessons from the Nepal study: http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/article/development-progress-project-learning-implementing-mdgs

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Why Family Planning Matters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Huffington Post

Why Family Planning Matters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Huffington Post | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
Why Family Planning Matters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
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The sun is setting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2015, the world will shift its focus toward a new development agenda.
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Health Policy & Resources

Health Policy & Resources | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

Health Poverty Action's guide to health and development.

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This guide provides an overview of some of the most important (and intertwined) issues that have an impact on health and development globally.

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Just how do you get health services to every woman and every child?

Just how do you get health services to every woman and every child? | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
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
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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.

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DFID - Research for Development > Building institutions for health and health systems in contexts of rapid change

Research for Development Building institutions for health and health systems in contexts of rapid change
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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.

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Improving Community Resilience Through Public Health Prepare... : Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

All disasters are inherently local and require a coordinated response at the lowest jurisdictional level within an impacted area. 

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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.

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Using Results-Based Financing to Achieve Maternal and Child Health - Progress Report 2013 | RBF Health

Using Results-Based Financing to Achieve Maternal and Child Health - Progress Report 2013 | RBF Health | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

This report analyses preliminary results from Results-Based Financing (RBF) programmes in Afghanistan, Burundi, DRC, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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See also the related CDG blog: From Audits to Results - A needed paradigm shift in health aid
 (http://www.cgdev.org/blog/audits-results-needed-paradigm-shift-health-aid?utm_&&&)

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New alliance to benefit 3.7 million of the world’s poor through combining microfinance and health | USAID Microlinks

New alliance to benefit 3.7 million of the world’s poor through combining microfinance and health | USAID Microlinks | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

Joint initiative of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Freedom from Hunger to reach more than 700,000 microfinance clients with health education and services over the next 5 years.

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The initiative is being piloted in India "as a demonstration and model of what can be achieved on a global scale."

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Guide for Monitoring Scale-up of Health Practices and Interventions — MEASURE Evaluation

Guide for Monitoring Scale-up of Health Practices and Interventions — MEASURE Evaluation | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
Adamou B (2013)
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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.

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Can community interventions promote healthy behaviour? 3ie:International Initiative for Impact Evaluation |

Part of the 3ie-Delhi seminar series, this event will present the findings of an evaluation of the Sure Start project in Uttar Pradesh, India.

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The evaluation seeks to assess the feasibility of large-scale implementation of community-level interventions to promote healthier pregnancy through promotion of healthy behaviour.

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Health literacy and community empowerment: ... [J Health Psychol. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

This article presents an example of a community-based project that adopts an empowerment education model in health literacy.

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 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.

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Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship Conference, 13-14 April 2013

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) 2013 at Yale University will be the 10th annual conference organized by Unite for Sight. 

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The conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

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Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Online Platform

Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Online Platform | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

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.

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MSF pioneers open-access approach to humanitarian data - SciDev.Net

MSF pioneers open-access approach to humanitarian data - SciDev.Net | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
The charity hopes other organisations will do likewise and this will bring health benefits to vulnerable communities.
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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

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Integrating health into the post-2015 agenda

Integrating health into the post-2015 agenda | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
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.
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Knowledge brokering in health systems: A policy brief for EU countries | Capacity.org

Knowledge brokering in health systems: A policy brief for EU countries | Capacity.org | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

Despite their relatively advanced health systems, many European countries still have a way to go in leveraging available knowledge for policymaking.

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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.

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African Development Bank's capacity building programme on accountability in social service delivery

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.

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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.


For more information on the programme, visit the AfDB website at: http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/article/afdb-approves-a-us-5-7-million-trust-fund-for-governance-and-accountability-12037/


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SCA Tool - CRS Technical Resources

The Site Capacity Assessment (SCA) Tookit helps program managers to assess the capacity of health facilities to provide quality HIV care and treatment, identify capacity gaps and track progress.

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helps program managers to assess the capacity of health facilities to provide quality HIV care and treatment, identify gaps and weaknesses in capacity, and target and track the progress and impact of technical assistance. - See more at: http://www.crsprogramquality.org/scatool/#sthash.t0tXBy8V.dpuf
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The Benefits of Mobile Health, on Hold?

The Benefits of Mobile Health, on Hold? | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
Despite the availability of mobile health programs, they’ve floundered in developing countries.
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A critical analysis of the benefits and challenges of delivering health services through mobile phones (mHealth), a fast-growing sector in Africa.

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Building commitment and capacity for nutrition: Time to act

Building commitment and capacity for nutrition: Time to act | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
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...
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'Race against time' as 50 countries set to miss health-related MDGs

'Race against time' as 50 countries set to miss health-related MDGs | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
More than 50 countries look set to miss both millennium development goal targets for cutting mortality rates for young children and mothers by the 2015 deadline, according to a report
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GC21 E-Academy | Health and Health Management

You are here Health and Health Management. Capacity Building, International Leadership Training
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Overview of online courses for health practitioners available on the GIZ Global Campus

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The Green Changemakers: UNEP Case Study Booklet- ‘Seeds of Knowledge: Contributing to Climate Change Solutions’

The Green Changemakers: UNEP Case Study Booklet- ‘Seeds of Knowledge: Contributing to Climate Change Solutions’ | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

The ‘Seeds of Knowledge’, booklet highlights 24 case studies on grassroots solutions to the impacts of climate change, from 17 countries.

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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.


Download the publication at: http://wiki.mdgfund.net/images/4/47/Seeds_of_Knowledge.pdf

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Up and running: The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Up and running: The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it
The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is now officially up and running, in accordance with this recent UN General Assembly draft decision. This document confirms the ...
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26th Leadership in Strategic Health Communication Workshop, June 2-21, 2013 | CCP

26th Leadership in Strategic Health Communication Workshop, June 2-21, 2013 | CCP | Health and sustainable development | Scoop.it

The workshop features SCOPE WEB, an exciting, easy-to-learn, computer software program that guides participants through the steps of designing effective health communication and advocacy strategies.

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