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Supporting close-to-community providers through a community health system approach: case…

IntroductionClose-to-community (CTC) providers, including community health workers or volunteers or health extension workers, can be effective in promoting access to and utilization of health services.

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U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More

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Friday Think: what Disney World and systems strengthening have in common

Last week, Bill Gates penned an op-ed for the New York Times discussing how the global health community was ill-prepared to respond to the Ebola epidemic and remains ill-prepared to respond to similar global health epidemics in the future. His … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesStrength in numbers: the power behind peer learning networksOn World Water Day, PATH celebrates the Water for the World ActFriday Think: a “clinic on wheels” packs a punch at poverty ;

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Supporting close-to-community providers through a community health system approach: case…

800px-Community_health_worker_gives_a_vaccination_in_Odisha_state,_India_(8380317750)

IntroductionClose-to-community (CTC) providers, including community health workers or volunteers or health extension workers, can be effective in promoting access to and utilization of health services.


U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

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Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More


Friday Think: what Disney World and systems strengthening have in common

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Last week, Bill Gates penned an op-ed for the New York Times discussing how the global health community was ill-prepared to respond to the Ebola epidemic and remains ill-prepared to respond to similar global health epidemics in the future. His … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesStrength in numbers: the power behind peer learning networksOn World Water Day, PATH celebrates the Water for the World ActFriday Think: a “clinic on wheels” packs a punch at poverty ;


Improving Access to Maternal Health Commodities through a Systems Approach: Where are we now?

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By Beth Yeager, Principal Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health & Chair, Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Nearly three years ago, I blogged about a systems approach to improving access for a Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) series on maternal health commodities: Increasing access to essential medicines and supplies for maternal health requires a systems approach that includes: improving governance of pharmaceutical systems, strengthening supply chain management, increasing the availability of information for decision-making, developing appropriate financing strategies and promoting rational use of medicines and supplies. It was an exciting year for maternal health. The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) had just released its report with 10 recommendations for improving access to 13 priority commodities that included 3 for maternal health: oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate.  The UNCoLSC report also reflected the idea that a systems approach was necessary and included recommendations related to both upstream and downstream supply chain bottlenecks, information, financing and appropriate use. That same year, the Maternal Health Supplies Caucus of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition held its first membership meeting in October for the purpose of joining the maternal health and family planning communities to “draw on existing approaches to address the bottlenecks undermining commodity security across health systems.” Since then, great progress has been made in identifying the bottlenecks to access, raising awareness of the complexity of addressing these challenges and increasing global commitment to ending preventable maternal deaths as part of the post-2015 development agenda. Improving governance With respect to governance, through the efforts of the UNCoLSC to promote coordinated national strategies for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), the need for coordinated planning among all stakeholders, including measures of accountability, has come to the forefront


Syrian Aid Delivery Proves Difficult As Islamic State Group, Syrian Government Slow…

Associated Press: Both Islamic State group, Syria government slow down aid: U.N. “A new U.N. report says the delivery of aid to millions inside Syria is becoming even more difficult as the Islamic State group closes down humanitarian efforts and Syria’s government puts more obstacles in the way…” (3/24).


Task-shifting: an effective way to protect expecting mothers from malaria

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Malaria is a life-threatening illness for anyone. But what are the consequences when a pregnant woman gets malaria? During pregnancy, it can cause serious, life-threatening risks for a woman and her baby. Common problems include maternal anemia, miscarriage, prematurity, stillbirth, and … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesOn World Water Day, PATH celebrates the Water for the World ActDesigning a device to save newborn lives: thinking big while thinking smallCondom dancers, vaccine smilers, and toilet sweepers: our favorite 2014 photos ;


BRICS Countries Must Invest In Health Systems To Better Prevent, Treat Tuberculosis

NPR: ‘How Unromantic It Is To Die Of Tuberculosis In The 21st Century’ Salmaan Keshavjee, director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai and senior TB specialist at Partners In Health “…Ebola is the tip of a global health crisis: a crisis in our collective ability to deliver the essentials of modern medicine…More


How Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal address gaps in health delivery systems

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This post does not reflect the opinions of the US Government, the US Peace Corps or Peace Corps Senegal. There is usually a general misunderstanding of what Peace Corps volunteers do or are capable of doing in field. This misunderstanding comes from families and friends of volunteers back home, the communities the volunteers serve, and sometimes, in the earlier stages of service, the volunteers themselves. How much impact can a volunteer make? How can the most impact be made during such a short service


HIV Exceptionalism in Sierra Leone: An Interview with Adia Benton

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  I recently read the book HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, by Adia Benton, a medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Brown Read More


Shop-based malaria kit boosts testing for disease

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But despite rise in testing, many patients carry on buying inappropriate medication, finds Ugandan trial.


Re-establishing Routine Immunizations In Ebola-Hit West Africa Vital To Disease Outbreak…

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Measles: Preventing a Predictable Consequence of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Matt Hanson, a senior program officer with the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Gates Foundation, and Orin Levine, director of the team, note a recent study published in Science estimating a measles outbreak in Ebola-hit West…More


Successful Rural Health Programs Need Service Integration

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Vaccine Heroes and the Work Ahead Using a small Indian village as an example, Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Gates Foundation, discusses “the importance of working to ensure health services are integrated across vaccines, family planning, nutrition, and water and sanitation,…More


Placing women at the centre of the food system

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Marc Van Ameringen | “Each year International Women’s Day shines a spotlight on women, putting them at the centre of development and equality efforts. For Read More


Setting healthcare priorities in hospitals: a review of empirical studies

Priority setting research has focused on the macro (national) and micro (bedside) level, leaving the meso (institutional, hospital) level relatively neglected.


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