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2014: Year of the Social Determinants of Health?

As I reflect on the major events of 2014, I’m surprised by the underlying themes of social inequality and a global desire to do things better. Read More

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Innovations in Big Data and Analytics for Development

My colleagues and I have been thinking and talking about the relevance of big data analytics from the international development point of view for some time now. We have been inspired by the work of the United Nations Global Pulse initiative and wondered whether and how the World Bank Group should engage.

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Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More

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U.N. Emergency Response Fund Receives Nearly $420M In Pledges, Falls Short Of $450M Request

U.N. News Centre: Donors pledge over $400 million for 2015 U.N. rapid humanitarian response fund “International donors have pledged $418.6 million for a United Nations fund aimed at enabling the speedy delivery of humanitarian aid into the epicenters of crisis zones around the world, falling short of a broader appeal made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…More


amfAR Grants Will Support Research On HIV Service Delivery Among Key Populations In LMICs

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research: amfAR Announces New Grants to Support Implementation Science Research Among Key Affected Populations “In an effort to address the unrelenting disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals — collectively known as ‘GMT’ — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS…More


2014: Year of the Social Determinants of Health?

2014 Social Determinants of Health events

As I reflect on the major events of 2014, I’m surprised by the underlying themes of social inequality and a global desire to do things better. Read More


Innovations in Big Data and Analytics for Development

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My colleagues and I have been thinking and talking about the relevance of big data analytics from the international development point of view for some time now. We have been inspired by the work of the United Nations Global Pulse initiative and wondered whether and how the World Bank Group should engage.


Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

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Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More


USAID ‘Grand Challenges’ To Find Innovative Solutions To Global Crises

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Devex: USAID’s grand challenges — a model for speeding up the pipeline in global crises “…The U.S. aid agency’s grand challenges approach represent[s] organizationwide and lately even governmentwide efforts to institutionalize innovation, part of what USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah called in a statement on Friday a ‘new model of development — bringing together the world’s…More


Uganda’s History Of Effective Ebola Responses Informing Efforts In West Africa

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IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Uganda Brings Ebola Expertise to the West African Response Vincent Oketcho, IntraHealth’s Uganda country director, and Richard Seifman, a consultant at IntraHealth, discuss Uganda’s experiences managing past Ebola and hemorrhagic fever outbreaks and how “[i]nternational health officials have acknowledged and tapped into” this expertise (12/15).


Rwanda’s evolving community health worker system: a qualitative assessment of client and…

Background: Community health workers (CHWs) can play important roles in primary health care delivery, particularly in settings of health workforce shortages.


Core Humanitarian Standard: Establish a Threshold or Raise the Bar?

Maybe not everyone knows that this week a group of humanitarians, representing a fairly wide swath of key and not key industry players meet in Copenhagen to finally launch something called the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS). For those unfamiliar with CHS, the basic idea, as you’d expect from the name, is to articulate a set […]


Tracking Rural Health Facility Financial Data in Resource-Limited Settings: A Case Study from Rwanda

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Reliable financial data are essential for health policy formulation and implementation, as well as for monitoring and evaluation.  PLOS Medicine: Tracking Rural Health Facility Financial Read More


Transforming rural health care through information technology: an interventional study in China

This article estimates the impacts of health information technology (HIT) on health-care delivery in the Wenchuan County of China, where the devastation of the 2008 Great Wenchuan Earthquake and the subsequent large-scale HIT implementation (the Healthy Wenchuan Program) offers a ‘natural experiment’ opportunity, enabling us to conduct a difference-in-difference evaluation of the potential benefits of HIT on accessibility, affordability and appropriateness of health-care services in the underdeveloped rural area.


Modelling the returns on options for improving malaria case management in Ethiopia

Background Diverse opinions have emerged about the best way to scale up malaria interventions.


Incorporating elements of social franchising in government health services improves the quality…

Background Although social franchising has been shown to enhance the quality of reproductive health services in developing countries, its effect on nutrition services remains unexamined.


New 15 minute test for Ebola to be trialled in Guinea

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Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) | A rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test for the Ebola virus will be trialled in the coming weeks Read More


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