Author Archives: Jason Nickerson

Health system indicators everywhere! Will we know success when we see it?

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I attended the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town last week. The central focus and theme of the conference this year Read More

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We have ignored supply chains for essential medicines and devices, and that’s fueling the Ebola epidemic

Jason Nickerson in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan

I recently wrote of the need to understand the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of health systems. As the epidemic continues to spiral out of Read More

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Why did it take an Ebola outbreak to realize the importance of health systems?

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This post originally appeared on www.jasonnickerson.ca I work in an area of research and practice that garners immense public interest when terrible things happen: wars, Read More

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World Pneumonia Day 2012 – Reflections

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                    Today is World Pneumonia Day. While #WPD2012 should lead us to be optimistic about the Read More

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Eliminating the Harms of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines in Anesthesia

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              This post was originally published on Views From Beyond the OR. Poor-quality medicines are found all over the Read More

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Some Thoughts on Using Randomized Controlled Trials in International Development

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This post originally appeared on Views From Beyond the OR. I recently came across a post on the Council for Foreign Relations’ Development Channel that Read More

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Waiting to Act: The Sahel Food Crisis is Already A Humanitarian Emergency

On July 20, 2011 the United Nations announced that in parts of Somalia, food security had deteriorated so significantly that two regions were now considered Read More

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Changes to Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program for Refugees

This piece is cross-posted from Views From Beyond the OR. On June 30, bill C-31, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, came in to effect, Read More

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Mapping Health Facilities in Crises – Reflections and Directions

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I am wrapping up my thesis research (finally!), which focuses on the mapping of health facilities in crisis settings. Over the past 3 years, I Read More

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Advance Market Commitments for New Vaccines – Lessons from the Pneumococcal Vaccine

In global public health, we talk about a class of diseases that cause significant morbidity and mortality, but for which treatments are either unavailable, ineffective, Read More

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Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Pneumonia – Scale It Up!

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An article caught my eye in last week’s Lancet. Soofi and colleagues conducted a cluster-randomised controlled trial of community case management of severe pneumonia in Read More

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Haiti’s Health System, 2 Years After the Earthquake

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Today marks the two year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. Far from celebration of the progress made since, Read More

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The War on Drugs: Implications for the Treatment of Pain

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Today, a colleague, Amir Attaran, and I had a paper published in PLoS Medicine where we discuss some of the international legal constraints that hinder Read More

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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic – Vaccines

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It has been just over one year since cholera emerged in Haiti, the first time in perhaps 100 years. Since then, it has wreaked havoc Read More

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