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Dynamic modeling approaches to characterize the functioning of health systems: A systematic…

Publication date: December 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 194 Author(s): Angela Y.

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The Forest through the Trees: Themes in Social Production of Health

Recently Professor Ayodele S Jegede of the Faculty of Social Sciences, delivered the 419th Inaugural Lecture at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, during the 2016/2017 academic session.  Below Prof. Jegede shares an abstract of his lecture. Prof Ayodele S Jegede Knowledge of individual actor’s behaviour is a reflection of the society as tree to the forest. As forest produces large quantities of oxygen and takes in carbon dioxide, society produces the needed resources for human beings to survive through culture.

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In Madagascar, Use Of Health Care Services Increased When Fees Were Removed: Lessons For…

Despite overwhelming burdens of disease, health care access in most developing countries is extremely low.

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Realizing Universal Health Coverage in East Africa: the relevance of human rights

Applying a robust human rights framework would change thinking and decision-making in efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and advance efforts to promote women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ he…

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Assessing income redistributive effect of health financing in Zambia

Originally posted here:  Assessing income redistributive effect of health financing in Zambia

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Austerity and the “sector-wide approach” to health: The Mozambique experience

Publication date: August 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 187 Author(s): James Pfeiffer, Sarah Gimbel, Baltazar Chilundo, Stephen Gloyd, Rachel Chapman, Kenneth Sherr Fiscal austerity policies imposed by the IMF have reduced investments in social services, leaving post-independence nations like Mozambique struggling to recover from civil war and high disease burden.

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Equitable access to health insurance for socially excluded children? The case of the National…

Publication date: August 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 186 Author(s): Gemma A.

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Association between expansion of primary healthcare and racial inequalities in mortality…

by Thomas Hone, Davide Rasella, Mauricio L. Barreto, Azeem Majeed, Christopher Millett Background Universal health coverage (UHC) can play an important role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, which addresses reducing inequalities, but little supporting evidence is available from low- and middle-income countries. Brazil’s Estratégia de Saúde da Família (ESF) (family health strategy) is a community-based primary healthcare (PHC) programme that has been expanding since the 1990s and is the main platform for delivering UHC in the country. We evaluated whether expansion of the ESF was associated with differential reductions in mortality amenable to PHC between racial groups. Methods and findings Municipality-level longitudinal fixed-effects panel regressions were used to examine associations between ESF coverage and mortality from ambulatory-care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs) in black/pardo (mixed race) and white individuals over the period 2000–2013.

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Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy – fill the coverage gaps

In a press release for World Malaria Day 2017, the World Health Organization called for the global community to “Prevent malaria – save lives” as part of the WHO push for prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April. WHO recommended that, “Together with diagnosis and treatment, WHO recommends a package of proven prevention approaches, including insecticide treated nets, spraying indoor walls with insecticides, and preventive medicines for the most vulnerable groups: pregnant women, under-fives and infants.” This package has averted 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. That said, WHO also identified gaps. Approximately 69% of pregnant women in 20 African countries did not have access to the recommended 3 or more doses of preventive treatment. An estimated 43% of people at risk (including pregnant Women) of malaria in the region were not protected by either a net or indoor insecticide spraying in 2015 This gap became evident on a recent visit to Ouargaye Health District in Burkina Faso where National Malaria Control Program and Jhpiego, with support from US President’s Malaria Initiative and USAID’s Mother and Child Survival Project, are setting up a pilot program to test community delivery of IPTp through the existing network of community health workers

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Challenges and Recommendations in Distribution of LLINs in Urban Contexts

by Brooke Farrenkopf With the malaria team made up of public health nurses and an infectious disease specialist in Kumasi I participated in a study on urban distribution of long lasting insecticide treated bednets (LLINs) as part of the USAID/PMI VectorWorks Project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs aided by a JHU Global Health Field Placement Scholarship. I conducted qualitative interviews to support a programmatic study on the challenges associated with mass distributions in urban contexts and helped develop report recommendations for developing the guidelines for future campaigns in urban areas. I am sharing my findings here. As noted VectorWorks is funded by the US President’s Malaria Initiative and works to improve access to long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in 12 countries in Asia and Africa.

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Primary Health Care That Works: The Costa Rican Experience [Global Health Innovation]

Long considered a paragon among low- and middle-income countries in its provision of primary health care, Costa Rica reformed its primary health care system in 1994 using a model that, despite its success, has been generally understudied: basic integrated health care teams.

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A rapid review of the rate of attrition from the health workforce

Attrition or losses from the health workforce exacerbate critical shortages of health workers and can be a barrier to countries reaching their universal health coverage and equity goals.

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Health workforce metrics pre- and post-2015: a stimulus to public policy and planning

Evidence-based health workforce policies are essential to ensure the provision of high-quality health services and to support the attainment of universal health coverage (UHC).

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Impact of health financing policies in Cambodia: A 20 year experience

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Tim Ensor, Chhim Chhun, Ton Kimsun, Barbara McPake, Ijeoma Edoka Improving financial access to services is an essential part of extending universal health coverage in low resource settings.

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