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02 October 2014

An Angkorian perspective on complexity

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Maryam Bigdeli Jayavarman VII, King of the Khmer Empire during the XIIth century, pictured here in meditation, ordered the construction of 102 ‘halls of diseaselessness’ ( arogyasala ) (1). These 'hospitals' existed since the reign of Yashovarman I but it is Jayavarman VII who is credited for in...

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01 October 2014

Save a spot on the floor for us! Cape Town symposium jottings from the HSG secretariat

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Jeffrey V. Lazarus You could say that the exciting pre-symposium events this past Monday and Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa brought people to the edges of their seats – in fact the very high turnout meant that some folks even watched from seats on the floor. As the Health Systems Global secret...

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30 September 2014

Ebola’s collision with the Sierra Leone post-conflict health system

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Dr Haja Wurie In this article, Dr Haja Wurie (College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Sierra Leone and the ReBUILD Consortium) explains how Ebola has affected the already overstretched, post-conflict health system in Sierra Leone. Post-conflict Sierra Leone still suffers from the effects of ...

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27 September 2014

MHTF’s Work in Respectful Maternity Care Featured in Cape Town Symposium on Health Systems Research

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Katie Millar Next week the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), along with other global experts, will gather in Cape Town at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research . At the symposium, we, along with the USAID|Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project , aim to strengthen the me...

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27 September 2014

Collective action, social media and health policy – a new area of health policy and systems research?

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Veena Sriram  In February 2014, in order to alleviate India’s seemingly intractable human resource shortage in rural areas, the Medical Council of India decided to extend the duration of the MBBS program by a year to 7.5 years, so as to include one year of mandatory rural posting for all stud...

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