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14 September 2015

Community health workers: Supporting them to serve their communities

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By Joanna Raven and Kate Hawkins* Working with community health workers (CHWs) is seen as a good solution to the problem of a shortage of formal health workers and the push to scale up of programmes to meet universal health coverage. But how do you attract, retain and support CHWs? Who manages CHWS ...

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11 September 2015

Reflections on the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: The need for greater gender analysis

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By  Rosemary Morgan, Asha George and Ravi Ram* We were pleased to have the opportunity to feed into the World Health Organization consultation on the health workforce . The process of developing the final policy is still ongoing and we commend Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) for their l...

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08 September 2015

Announcing a special article collection on community health workers

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By Kate Hawkins* One of the main purposes of the Thematic Working Group on Community Health Workers is to support the generation of evidence to inform the scale up of Community Health Worker programmes which is pragmatic and contextually embedded. To try and publish and promote good work in this are...

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26 August 2015

‘Fragility, Conflict and Violence’ and health: New questions for research and policy design

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By Stephen Commins* Over the past 15 years, donor agencies and researchers have sought to address the challenges of improving governance and services, as well as reducing levels of conflict in 'fragile and conflict affected states' (FCAS). One element of this effort has been different types of defin...

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20 August 2015

Life histories: A research method to capture people's experiences of health systems in post-conflict countries

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By Sarah Ssali, Sally Theobald and Kate Hawkins* This blog post is part of a series on people-centred research methods for health systems development published in conjunction with a Twitter chat on the same topic. Please see below for links to other blog posts in this series.  The ReBUILD Conso...

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