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“Vinegar test saves lives,” many headlines have recently read. Within the past year, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, among many…
Stephanie M. Topp Emerging Voice 2013 Research Associate and Health Systems Adviser. The ICASA conference has been punctuated by various discussions about where the focus of national and international efforts should lie over the next few years, and in an era where the end of AIDS has been predicted, Africa is now facing a social and political tipping point. For, in addition to continuing to scale up prevention and treatment to the millions of adults and children affected by the disease, there is a growing public health imperative to address the epidemiological drivers of the epidemic, so-called ‘key populations,’ including men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDU) and female and male sex workers.
Abubakar Muhammed Kurfi (EV 2013) Delegates at the 17th ICASA conference 2013 held a very timely and relevant session to discuss modalities for expanding the fiscal space in Africa through innovative public private partnership mechanisms to improve the delivery of HIV/AIDS services. The session began by appreciating the fact that public-private partnership in health care is a major issue of health sector reform and public policy analysis in many African nations. A “public private partnership” is a collaborative relationship between the public and private sectors aimed at harnessing and optimizing the use of all available resources, knowledge, and facilities required to promote efficient, effective, affordable, accessible, equitable and sustainable health care for all. The session was coordinated by the friends of Africa which is a pan African organization that works to mobilize strategic political and financial support for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria through advocacy, capacity building and resource mobilization. The organization supports the work of the Global Fund through collaboration and networking with all stakeholders including the civil society, the private sector and the government to combat these three diseases.
Background: Increasingly, health workforces are undergoing high-level ‘re-engineering’ to help them better meet the needs of the population, workforce and service delivery. Queensland Health implemented a large scale 5-year workforce redesign program across more than 13 health-care disciplines. This study synthesized the findings from this program to identify and codify mechanisms associated with successful workforce redesign to help inform other large workforce projects. Methods: This study used Inductive Logic Reasoning (ILR), a process that uses logic models as the primary functional tool to develop theories of change, which are subsequently validated through proposition testing. Initial theories of change were developed from a systematic review of the literature and synthesized using a logic model
‘Watts up’ out there everyone? We want to know what’s going on in your part of the world, and we want you to tell us. We’re launching a new program to bring solar powered lights to the people who need them! Right now, over 20% of the world lives without access to electricity. Can you imagine reading, cooking, caring for our families – even delivering babies – in darkness.
‘Watts up’ out there everyone? We want to know what’s going on in your part of the world, and we want you to tell us. We’re launching a new program to bring solar powered lights to the people who need them! Right now, over 20% of the world lives without access to electricity. Can you imagine reading, cooking, caring for our families – even delivering babies – in darkness
“The massive destruction of health care facilities, with disruption to access and delivery as well as protracted displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) will further undermine precarious maternal health provision in the Philippines, warn experts,” IRIN reports. “According to the recently released Multi-Cluster/Sector Rapid Assessment (MIRA), produced by more than 40 agencies across…More
Dear Colleagues, Plenty of news this week, with the WHO financing dialogue (2nd event in Geneva); the release of a number of working papers by ‘The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS — Advancing global health’; some brief coverage of events (like the European development days in Brussels and ITM’s annual colloquium in Bangalore); the December issue of the Lancet Global Health; the usual Global Fund update, even more important with the Global Fund Replenishment coming up; World Aids day is also approaching, … so HIV will again feature quite prominently in this newsletter. In Cape Town, the 2013 Emerging Voices face to face programme started, preparing for the ICASA conference. We will join them next week (which also implies that next week’s newsletter will probably be much shorter, hurray!). On 25 November, the International day of ending violence against women was celebrated.
This is a joint post with Yuna Sakuma. This blog is the second in a series of three on the quality of PEPFAR’s HIV treatment programs.
Dear Colleagues, This week our colleague An Appelmans wrote the introduction to this newsletter. She will soon leave ITM, on Friday 13th apparently. After a rather drastic ‘Facebook status’ update last year, when she played the lead role in ‘One Wedding and Four Kids’, An is now looking for greener pastures. She will be missed in Antwerp, as a friend and as a very committed colleague. Below you find her ‘farewell message to global health’.
Background: The shortage of physicians in Japan is a serious concern, particularly in specialties like pediatrics. The purpose of this study was to investigate recent changes in the geographic distribution of pediatricians and the factors underlying this change. Methods: We investigated the numerical changes in the pediatrician workforce (2002 to 2007) per 100,000 of the population under the age of 15 years in 369 secondary medical areas throughout Japan, using attributive variables such as population size, social and economic status, and pediatric service delivery. We performed principal component analysis and multiple regression analysis. Results: We obtained two principal components: one that reflected the degree of urbanization and another that reflected the volume of pediatric service delivery