MAKING HEALTH SYSTEMS WORK FOR THE POOR

By Kate Hawkins, Communication Officer for Health and Social Change We’ve published seven new briefings on “scaling up” in the health sector. Among the themes covered are improving access to health services, building sustainable health systems, and harnessing a spirit of innovation to improve equity. Photo: Shimla street scene by Liz Highleyman from Flickr (Creative…

SCALING UP: IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES?

We are working to challenge the prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector, along with our affiliate partner Future Health Systems. Opinions on how to improve access to services vary. There’s a long-standing debate on the relative merits of blueprint approaches – which involve the replication of a well-designed intervention in multiple settings…

CANCELLED: STEPS AT GENEVA HEALTH FORUM: 19-21 APRIL

Our events have been cancelled due to the travel disruption. The theme of this year’s Geneva Health Forum is “Globalization, Crisis, and Health Systems: Confronting Regional Perspectives”. The STEPS Centre is working with its affiliate partner Future Health Systems to run and take part in several events at the Forum. More info: STEPS at the…

BLOG FROM THE WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH ECONOMICS, BEIJING

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member ‘Harmonising health and economics’ sounds like a tall order, nonetheless it is the title of this year’s World Congress on Health Economics being held in Beijing. Our colleagues from Future Health Systems and POVILL, Samantha Reddin and Adrijana Corluka, are blogging live from the event, and have already covered…

BEYOND SCALING UP: PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSAL ACCESS

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The STEPS Centre and our affiliate Future Health Systems are launching a series of activities that challenge the thinking behind prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector. There is an increasing awareness amongst policy-makers in developing countries that their government’s health services do not adequately meet the…

INDIAN ELECTION: A STEPS TOWARDS CHANGES IN HEALTH PROVISION?

By BARUN KANJILAL, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur and member of the Future Health Systems consortia The 2009 parliamentary election in India meant a roller-coaster journey for the country in April and May of this year. The results are now out and the Congress Party, with a few other regional parties, has resurged with…

MAKING HEALTH MARKETS WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE

Many people in developing countries use a variety of market-based providers of health services. These can range from highly organised and regulated hospitals and specialist doctors to informal health workers and drug sellers operating outside the legal framework. Encounters with health workers, even within public systems, often involve a cash payment. Understanding health markets and…

HEALTH MARKETS DISCUSSION AT THE PRINCE MAHIDOL AWARD CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK

By KATE HAWKINS, FHS member This year’s Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, January 28-30 2009, was on mainstreaming health into public policies. STEPS Centre affiliate, Future Health Systems, was represented at the conference by Gerald Bloom who contributed to a panel on the private sector and policy responses to improve its performance in terms…

EVENT: CHINA AND GLOBAL HEALTH MARKETS – CO-OPERATION OR COMPETITION?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As we enter the ‘industrious and practical’ Chinese Year of the Ox, the country is emerging as a significant player in global health markets. Margaret Chan has recently become the first Chinese national to lead a UN agency with her appointment as Director-General of the WHO, and on 21…

AN END TO SPECULATION AS OBAMA ACTS ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

For sexual and reproductive health advocates across the globe the inauguration of President Obama promised great things. The Bush Administration’s policy line on sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and abroad has seen funding restrictions that undermined good public health policy and breached legal rights in other countries. Breaking news from the US…