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Malaria Programs Implementation in Ebonyi State, Nigeria: Where Are We?

Jhpiego has developed a tool to help malaria programs understand implementation successes and challenges. Bright Orji, Daniel Umezurike, Lawrence Nwankwo, Boniface Onwe, Gladys Olisaekee, Enobong Ndekhedehe, and Emmanuel Otolorin outline the application of this tool for the malaria program in Ebonyi State, Nigeria at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the Poster Session of 6th November 2017. Their abstract follows: Despite important strides in recent years, Nigeria has yet to achieve global targets of universal coverage for malaria case management nor 80% coverage for malaria in pregnancy. While available malaria interventions are effective, critical health system challenges undermine implementation. Jhpiego has developed a health systems framework and planning tool to assist malaria control programs identify and respond to these challenges.

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Progress toward #polio eradication is a much-needed reminder that global health is still…

I always love spotlighting polio eradication. Along with Guinea worm, it is one of the few candidates to follow smallpox to the eternal (or so we all hope) halls of eradicated diseases. While the eradication effort has suffered its setbacks in recent years, public health workers have persisted, steadily marching onward. And frankly, there has been so much hand-wringing in global health in recent weeks that it is important to occasionally remember that there are still wins we can, and should, celebrate.

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Global Community Should Formally Integrate Community Health Workers Into Health Systems

The Lancet Global Health: Community health workers: emerging from the shadows? Editorial Board “…[Community health workers (CHWs)] are desperately needed globally because existing health services do not meet health needs, yet despite decades of being used at the front-lines, they often still stand in a grey area at the fringes of the health system, undefined…More

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Global Health in Conflict: A Weightier Commitment

I currently work as an epidemiologist at a regional health department in Texas. We serve two main roles for the 30 counties we cover. One of our roles is to function as a local health department and deliver a diverse range of services to 23 counties. The other main role is to serve as an extension of the state health department and provide surveillance/investigation guidance for the reportable conditions that health care providers, schools, and community members are mandated to report. This relationship is seen especially when we work with the 7 counties in our region that have their own local health departments

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Dr. Georges Benjamin responds to APHA members and Section Leaders

Read Dr. Georges Benjamin’s response to our open letter and learn how you can be involved in public health advocacy efforts: Page 1 Page 2 Tagged: advocacy, Global health, Public health

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Trump Administration Should Not Allow Foreign Countries To ‘Freeload’ Off U.S. Medical…

Wall Street Journal: How Other Countries Freeload on U.S. Drug Research Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest “President Trump says American companies have been getting ‘systematically ripped off’ by foreign governments and firms. He’s right. Yet he has backed a proposal that would make the problem even worse —…More

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Is there enough research output of EU projects available to assess and improve health system…

Adequate performance assessment benefits from the use of disaggregated data to allow a proper evaluation of health systems.

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See Sara on film talking in the plenary at the Global Symposium

It is now possible to see Sara Bennett’s plenary presentation on the web. You can also download her PowerPoint presentation from the Global Symposium site.

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Exploring the spread and scale up of health interventions and service coverage

BY KATE HAWKINS, INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES The Future Health Systems Consortium has invested in a stream of work called, “Beyond Scaling Up: Pathways to universal access.” This research has looked at some of the challenges involved in rapid scale up and what can be learnt from successes in this area. Drawing on a background paper, co-authored with Peroline Ainsworth, Gerry Bloom opened a parallel session at the Global Symposium with an overview of learning in this area. Gerry argued that there are many challenges that might impact upon the scaling up process. Recent years have seen many political commitments to increase access and an improved financing environment for health systems strengthening underpinned by new global organisations. There is a recognition that scaling up means managing change in a dynamic and complex context (where there has been a shift from absolute scarcity to problems with safety, quality and cost with changing patterns of inequality, the introduction of new technologies and institutional arrangements, the rise of patient and citizen movements and mixed systems).

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Learning by doing and applying our learning: What are the strategies and institutional options?

BY KATE HAWKINS, INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUIDES BASED ON NOTES BY LIGIA PAINA, JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Learning by doing sounds a nebulous concept but actually it is crucial in health systems development. If we can’t understand the process of intervening in the system and the positive and negative outcomes of our actions how can we improve the work that we are doing? The last decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of institutions such as learning platforms, health observatories, and think tanks. But at the same time, there is a lack of clarity in the difference between them, as well as their pros and cons.

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Blogs we like: The Center for Health Market Innovations

KATE HAWKINS, INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES Sitting in the Global Symposium marketplace is a good way of finding more about other projects and the people that make them tick. We were lucky to have the Center for Health Market Innovations as our neighbour. Rose, their Program Officer, has been kind enough to link to our blog. You should check them out, this is what they say about their blog: The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) blog features news about promising new programs, innovative collaborations, relevant resource articles, and editorial pieces authored by members of the CHMI community. These editorial pieces are intended to further conversations about health market trends, national health policies, and improving health care for the poor.

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New Directions in Health-Environment Research: Implications for Health Systems

BY MICHAEL LOEVINSOHN, GUEST BLOGGER FROM THE STEPS CENTRE I chair a session on New Directions in Health-Environment Research: Implications for Health Systems. A bit off the beam of the Global Symposium’s thrust: one of 13 concurrent sessions, perhaps 20 people attend. Setting the stage, I describe the methodological challenges researchers are tackling to uncover how environmental change, of different kinds, is creating health risks; in identifying developmental processes that are loosening structures of risk and in clarifying how health and other sectors can collaborate to realize these opportunities.     The first case describes an “unnatural experiment”, the 2001-03 famine and its impact on the evolution of HIV in Malawi. Using existing data, I show how hunger profoundly affected the distribution of HIV and of people by pushing people into survival sex and distress migration

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Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic

Guest book review from Anita Makri, an editor and writer going freelance after 5+ years with SciDev.Net. (@anita_makri) I’m sure that to readers of this blog the Ebola epidemic that devastated West Africa a couple of years ago needs no introduction (just in case, here’s a nice summary by the Guardian’s health editor). So I’ll cut to the chase, and to a narrative that at …

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A Safe Bet: Investing in Resilient Health Systems for Everyone

The word resilience is on the upswing. It was used more in 2015 than ever before. It even appears in two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 9 refers to “resilient infrastructure,” and SDG 11 to making cities and human settlements resilient.Now resilience is being used to describe a desirable state for health systems.

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