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The Impact Initiative has closed. This website has now been archived and will no longer be updated.
Health in developing countries; accountability for health; equitable health systems; infectious diseases; maternal, newborn and child health
Towards accountability for health equity: galvanising a movement for UHC
This month (May 2018), the Institute of Development Studies, in collaboration with Future Health Systems, the Impact Initiative, the Open Society Foundations, and Unequal Voices, publishes a new edition of the IDS Bulletin focusing on ‘Accountability for Health Equity’, which places relationships of power at the centre of our understanding of how health systems function – or don’t – for all levels of society. The issue includes draws on research enabled by the ESRC-DFID strategic partnership.
Village elders of the Jiwoyo Village, Mali, wait for treatment during a medical civil action program May 11, 2010.

Principal Investigator: Anja Sautmann. Lead Organisation: Brown University

Co-investigators: Mark Robert Dean; Simon Schaner

News: The problem of overtreatment: why antimalarials are being used by malaria-negative patients
According to the latest World Malaria Report, recent progress against malaria stalled between 2015 and 2016, while aid from the international community is on the decline. In such an environment, it is critical to ensure that precious resources – particularly antimalarial medications – are appropriately targeted to the patients who truly need them. In recognition of World Malaria Day, we would therefore like to call attention to the problem of overtreatment – the use of antimalarials by malaria negative patients.
Blog: Can better sanitary care help keep African girls in school?
On the Global Partnership for Education blog (18 April 2018), Elizabeth Tofaris discusses the findings and impact of research into the role that menstruation has in keeping adolescent girls out of school.
Blog: Demystifying menstruation
Catherine Dolan, Julie Hennegan and Gabby Edlin discuss the challenges faced by women and girls without access to sanitary products, or a safe place to use them. Published on Project Syndicate on 17 April 2018.
News: CSW62: How can we improve life choices for women?
Traditional and cultural expectations, low economic status or lack of access to healthcare and education are persistent and major barriers for women and girls. These barriers remind us that we need to change the structures and policies that continue to hold women back. With this as the backdrop, the Impact Initiative is launching its campaign #Policies4 Improving Life Choices for Women, proposing policy ideas and innovations that could empower women. The campaign will highlight the evidence and research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme that should inform decision making and interventions.
Principal Investigator: Monika Barbara Zurek. Lead Organisation: University of Oxford (School of Geography and the Environment).

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