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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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Dual Practice by health workers in South and East Asia: impacts and policy options
D. Hipgrave; M. Natchtnebel; K. Hort 2010
Health professionals, especially doctors, often undertake private work while employed by government. Such “dual practice” is found in both high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) around the world,...
Fiji Islands health systems review
Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2011
The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) profiles are country-based reports that provide a detailed description of a health system and of reform and policy initiatives in progress or under development in a specific country. T...
Strengthening Community and Health Systems for Quality PMTCT: Applications in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ethiopia
Pathfinder International, 2013
Globally, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV, the vast majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are increasing efforts to reverse the trend, with emphasis placed on creating a generation in which no chi...
How healthy are the children of Indian Sundarbans?
B. Kanjilal; S. Bose; N. Patra / Future Health Systems research consortium, 2013
This report highlights the vulnerability of children in the Indian Sundarbans to health shocks. This is due to under-nutrition and the high prevalence of common communicable diseases. It focuses Patharpratima, as a representative bloc...
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
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...
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