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Analysis of the key components of a well functioning health system, including: health promotion; access to medicines; health systems financing; health service delivery; governance and health; and human resources for health.
Innovation in malaria surveillance in Cambodia
Man with mobile phone
S. Torfinn / Panos Pictures
A diverse set of tools - a mix of routine reporting systems using eHealth and mobile phone-based (mHealth) solutions - were developed in Cambodia to improve malaria surveillance and to provide the information needed by national and district staff to manage the national malaria programme, respond to malaria outbreaks and individual cases and monitor in real-time the levels of critical malaria supplies at health facilities.

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Asia in the ageing century: part III – healthcare
ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, 2013
This is the third research brief in a three-part series that looks at Asia in the ageing century, with a particular focus on the countries of East and South-East Asia. Highlights include: as Asian societies becom...
Purchasing arrangements with the private sector to provide primary health care in underserved areas
Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2014
Most countries in Asia and the Pacific are characterized by mixed health systems, that is, centrally planned public health services that operate side by side with private markets, and the private sector is used abundantly in some...
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar health system review
Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2014
The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) review is a systematic and comprehensive review of a country’s health system. It assesses the health system’s core components —organisation and governance, financing, physical a...
Informing policy: gender differences in health outcomes
R. Jayaraman; D. Ray; S.Y. Wang / Centre for Micro Finance, India, 2012
Inequalities between men and women in health status and access to health care is a phenomenon that have detrimental effect on the health outcomes of women in India. This brief indicates that there are numerous pathways through which t...
Direct funding of health facilities: findings from an evaluation of the Health Sector Services Fund in Kenya
E Waweru; S. Molyneux; C. Goodman; B. Tsofa 2014
The Health Sector Services Fund (HSSF) is an innovative scheme that provides funds directly to primary health facilities. It was established in 2010 by the Government of Kenya with the aim of increasing resources at peripheral&nb...
Reimagining mobile in South Africa: Lessons from year one
2014
This report explores the programmatic processes, successes and lessons learned by Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA), an innovative public-private partnership that delivers vital health information to...
Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach the poor at scale?
E. Tung; S. Bennett / Globalization and Health, 2014
The bottom of the pyramid concept suggests that profit can be made in providing goods and services to poor people, when high volume is combined with low margins. To-date there has been very limited empirical evidence from the health s...
Break Your Bones – Mortality and Morbidity Associated with Haiti’s Chikungunya Epidemic
A.R. Kolbe / Igarape Institute, 2014
In December 2013, chikungunya, a deadly dengue-like virus spread by mosquitos, was first diagnosed in the Americas on the island of St. Martin. The disease quickly spread to neighboring islands and on May 7 the Haitian Ministry of Hea...
South Africa's National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP): case study
K. Rendall-Mkosi; F. Wenhold; N.B. Sibanda / Home Grown School Feeding, 2013
The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in South Africa is a large government sponsored programme reaching over 8 million learners in primary and secondary schools. The emphasis of the programme is on the provision of the daily...
Perceptions of health stakeholders on task shifting and motivation of community health workers in different socio demographic contexts in Kenya (nomadic, peri-urban and rural agrarian)
B.M. Ochieng 2014
The shortage of health professionals in low income countries is recognized as a crisis. Community health workers are part of a “task-shift” strategy to address this crisis. Task shifting in this paper refers to the delegat...
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