Health in developing countries, including resources on issues such as: infectious diseases; NCDs; injury and violence; maternal, newborn and child health; and nutrition.

News: Power, politics and health equity

02/08/2017

A recent Health and Accountability workshop attracted between 80-90 participants from donors, multilateral agencies, national and global civil society, and research institutions over three days. ‘Unpicking power and politics for transformative change: Towards accountability for health equity’ aimed to critically examine the practices and politics shaping accountability in health systems from the local to the global levels. 

Blog: Towards accountability for health equity

Jul 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals set out an ambitious agenda to achieve universal health coverage for all but how will this goal be reached when we have seen already the ease with which reformed health services and refreshed health resources still fail to reach the people who need them most? An international workshop discusses "Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity" at IDS from 19 to 21 July.

Informal m-health: How are young people using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data collected in 2012–2014 from over 4500 young people (aged 8–25 y) in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, this paper documents practices of using mobile phones to seek healthcare and the new therapeutic opportunities they create, alongside the constraints, contingencies and risks.

Intergenerational relations and the power of the cell phone: Perspectives on young people’s phone usage in sub-Saharan Africa

In this paper we reflect on the inter-generational encounters which are embedded in young people’s cell phone interactions, and consider the wider societal implications, not least the potential for associated shifts in the generational balance of power.
A nurse explains clinic procedures to waiting patients

Health inequities - that is, unfair and avoidable difference in health arising from social, economic or political factors, and which disadvantage the poor and marginalised - are trapping millions of people in poverty.

News: Making mHealth work for all

07/06/2017

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are going to have a major impact on health and health systems in the near future.  To ensure that everyone (including the very poor) benefits from this new technology, it is vital that those designing new technologies, people responsible for health systems and social researchers come together to explore the opportunities and potential challenges, especially for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Blog: Child poverty research day

Dec 2016
On 18 November, the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and the Impact Initiative hosted a ‘Child Poverty Research Day’ to discuss current evidence, knowledge gaps and ways forward for research helping to reduce child poverty. Despite massive poverty reduction in the past decades, child poverty remains an issue requiring urgent action. The day was filled with sharing of research findings as well discussions of knowledge gaps and ideas for ways forward on how research, policy and practice can come together towards seeking a solution for ending child poverty.

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