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Health systems (part III), finance and leadership

From This Week in Global Health. Health systems (part III), finance and leadership – YouTube.

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Key Data Points for Guiding the Ebola Response

While the general strategies for Ebola control – community engagement, contact tracing, patient transport, lab diagnosis, and isolation with treatment – are clear, ensuring effective Read More

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Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector

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Time savings – realized and potential – and fair compensation for community health workers in…

Background: Sub-Saharan Africa faces a severe health worker shortage, which community health workers (CHWs) may fill.


Health systems (part III), finance and leadership

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From This Week in Global Health. Health systems (part III), finance and leadership – YouTube.


Key Data Points for Guiding the Ebola Response

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While the general strategies for Ebola control – community engagement, contact tracing, patient transport, lab diagnosis, and isolation with treatment – are clear, ensuring effective Read More


10 Advances In Global Health, Vaccinations For 2015

Huffington Post: 2015: Full Speed Ahead Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015: 1. A fully-funded Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; 2. An end to the Ebola epidemic in…More


Gates Foundation reviews funding focus after criticism

The foundation aims to look less at technology and more at delivery to target polio and other diseases.


Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

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It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector


TFCH improves Maternal health in Nigeria with Solar Delivery Lights from Maternova, Inc.

Knowing the electricity challenges in our rural communities, women in labor and the midwives finds it very difficult during delivery of the newborn. Its been a trend that pregnant mothers are mandated to buy “Candles” as part of the listed items for delivery. The candle of course provides light in case labor comes at night. Where the mother is not able to buy the candle, the local lights known as “npanaka” used mainly by rural dwellers which produces dangerous fumes that causes carbon monoxide poisoning are regularly used. This local lights is known to be very dangerous to the health of the newborn , mother and health worker


Health workers’ experiences, barriers, preferences and motivating factors in using mHealth…

Background: Mobile health (mHealth) applications, such as innovative electronic forms on smartphones, could potentially improve the performance of health care workers and health systems in developing countries.


The Five Pillars of a Strong Global Health Brand

If there is one lesson I’ve learned from working at the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University these last few months, it is that the global health field is full of extremely intelligent individuals that are required to maintain expertise in a variety of interdisciplinary skills. GHD’s mission is to build a network of professionals dedicated to value-based health care globally, and they do this by creating public goods that give global health professionals an opportunity to learn the varied skills needed to deliver health care effectively and efficiently without letting the quality of care they provide diminish. Through their online virtual communities on GHDonline.org, GHD connects more than 13,000 global health professional to solve their real-time health care delivery concerns. Doctors have the opportunity to ask engineers the best way to structure a TB clinic to prevent the spread of infection to new patients, while health literacy experts can share their health communications plans. For this fellowship year, I am helping GHD with their marketing and development.


Cost-effectiveness analysis of a voucher scheme combined with obstetrical quality improvements:…

The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Uganda has declined significantly during the last 20 years, but Uganda is not on track to reach the millennium development goal of reducing MMR by 75% by 2015.


Payment-by-results in International Development: the elixir or the poison?

This week, Jason Calvert (MPH) – a development and health economist with PwC – explores the benefits limitations of a Payment-by-Results approach to international development. As the concept of Payment-by-Results (PbR) gains momentum in the international development sector, it hasn’t taken long for it to turn into somewhat of a ‘dirty’ word – particularly among not-for-profits. In some ways, its reputation can be justified but not entirely. PbR is a payment mechanism where delivery organisations will only get all or part of their payment upon the delivery of some form of ‘result’. This differs from other payment mechanisms where payments may be made upfront or on the delivery of inputs or intermediate outputs rather than results.


10 Health Workers Who Inspired Us in 2014

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We met some amazing health workers this year. They work hard every day to keep their communities healthy—and many put their lives on the line to do it.As 2014 comes to a close, we’re thinking of these health workers—and many more than we can list here—who’ve inspired us this year.1. Ebola FightersTIME named Ebola fighters Person of the Year in 2014. The editors couldn’t have made a better choice.Since March, health workers have been on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic. Hundreds from their ranks have died.But many still show up for work every day, at great personal risk. Their efforts to contain the disease will likely save millions of lives.Read: Why Health Workers Are Time Magazine’s Person of the Year2. Dr


Meeting Africa’s mental health needs

MDG : Mental health in Liberia : Dakemue Kollie, mental health coordinator in Bong County

With few psychiatrists on the continent, could non-specialists fill the gap? Theresa Taylor investigates.


West Africa: O Come thou Dayspring

Ami Waters Liberia Boat

While my bags seem lighter than when I arrived, I know that I take a different kind of baggage home with me. It is 3 Read More


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