News & Commentary

04 July 2014

Getting up to speed on community health workers

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Mariam Bhacker Increasing recognition of the role that community health workers (CHWs) play in health service delivery has spurred the implementation of numerous CHW programs around the world. CHWs help alleviate resource and personnel shortages in national health systems, and with their ability to ...

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30 June 2014

5 key questions on close-to-community programmes as part of a broader health systems approach

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Photo courtesy of Photo by  Nena Terrell/USAID Ethiopia Kate Hawkins On the 26 June the UK Guardian newspaper held an online  Live Question and Answer Session on health systems .  Sally Theobald  contributed on behalf of  REACHOUT  with a focus on close-to-communit...

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18 June 2014

Infinite possibility in the palm of our hands

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Ashnie Padarath   First impressions of the Clinica da Familia Sergio Vieira de Mello With some favelas nudging near to Rio’s famous beaches, the stark inequality of the two incongruous scenes came as no surprise to us South Africans.  What did surprise us, however, was the quality of hea...

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11 June 2014

Re-orienting health systems to be people-centred – the importance of stewardship

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Sophie Witter Bruno Marchal What explains whether and how policies are put into effect in local health systems? Whether the resources they bring are used to improve health and systems or to serve the self-interest of entrenched groups? These were among the questions we examined in a recent research ...

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08 May 2014

Welcome to the Health Systems Global blog

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Jeffrey V. Lazarus Like so many before us, Health Systems Global is venturing into the realm of blogs! We don’t quite know what to expect. Who will be eager to share blog posts? About what? Who will comment? Which issues will generate the most debate and discussion?  All we know for sure is t...

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