HOW WILL WE FINANCE FUTURE HEALTH SYSTEMS?

KATE HAWKINS, Future Health Systems member Day 2 of the Geneva Health Forum was characterised by discussions about the most appropriate mechanisms to finance functioning health systems and what changes in policy would be necessary to support this. Whilst development assistance overall is increasing the percentage share allocated to health is not rising at a…

TOMORROW’S HEALTH SYSTEMS: IN PHASE WITH REALITY?

by KATE HAWKINS, STEPS Centre Member Members of the Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium are actively engaging in discussions at the Geneva Health Forum. The conference began in dramatic fashion with an assessment of the changing landscape within which health systems are being forged. The opening plenary session featured a range of speakers who…

CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

by GERRY BLOOM & HILARY STANDING, STEPS Centre members It is thirty years since the Alma Ata Declaration outlined an international consensus on the need to provide universal access to primary health care (PHC). During the ensuing years some countries established well-organised government health services in which PHC played an important role. Many others were…

ONGOING DISCUSSIONS AT COP-MOP 4

by ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member I am in Bonn this week for meetings around the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the United Nations’ agreement to regulate the trans-boundary movement of living (genetically) modified organisms. From sensitive political discussions over liability and redress to questions over how to incorporate socio-economic considerations into decision-making, the working procedures…

COMPLEXITY, SIMPLIFICATION AND RESILIENCE

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member Complexity pervaded debate at the Resilience Alliance conference last month. In one way or another, participants tried to get to grips with the sheer complexities of the socio-ecological systems that concerned them, and puzzled over the kinds of adaptive governance that might ensure these systems provided resilient livelihoods to…

SALZBURG: WHAT NEXT?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The conference defined some critical points of leverage, where delegates and their organisations can achieve a sustainable impact on priorities.The essential ingredients of a Green Revolution in Africa, definition of priorities, desirable outcomes and the points at which value-added initiatives can have an impact have taken shape here in…

SALZBURG DAY 3: FARMERS IN THE DRIVING SEAT FOR AFRICA’S GREEN REVOLUTION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Farmers and their needs must be placed at epicentre of a uniquely African Green Revolution, conference delegates from across the board agreed on the final day in Salzburg.Photo: Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid addresses the conference / Julia Day Much of the discussion today, running…

SALZBURG DAY 3: A REPRESENTATIVE REVOLUTION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member To ensure an African Green Revolution is equitable there is a pressing need to ensure that wide representation is assured, delegates said.It is paramount that inclusive processes going forward are attendant to gender and ethnicity issues. It should also be ensured, in particular, that smallholders and those farmers who…

SALZBURG DAY 3: DATA, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The lack of data and information on crop productivity and prices, and the poor quality of the data that does exist, has been a recurrent theme throughout the conference and was stressed as key to the future on this final day.Photo: Mamadou Goita takes part in the press conference…