Freebook: Pathways to Health and Sustainability

The second in a series of FreeBooks from Routledge, Pathways to Health and Sustainability, is available to download free of charge. The FreeBooks allow open access, for the first time, to chapters from the STEPS Centre’s ‘Pathways to Sustainability’ book series, now numbering nearly 20 books. This new collection draws on four books in the…

Antibiotics

Addressing resistance to antibiotics

There is growing international concern about the threat to public health of the emergence and spread of bacteria resistant to existing antibiotics. An effective response must invest in both the development of new drugs and measures to slow the emergence of resistance. A new Working Paper from the STEPS Centre and Future Health Systems, Addressing…

Complex Adaptive Systems & health: new resources

In June 2014, Future Health Systems (FHS) and the STEPS Centre co-hosted a workshop exploring Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) approaches to health systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). FHS and STEPS are particularly concerned with policies, programs, and individual level interventions promote and protect people’s health and wellbeing, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. The…

MONTREUX: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HEALTH RISKS

By Michael Loevinsohn, STEPS Centre member On Wednesday I chaired a session on New Directions in Health-Environment Research: Implications for Health Systems. The topic is a bit off the beam of the Symposium’s thrust: it’s one of 13 concurrent sessions, and about 20 people attend. Setting the stage, I describe the methodological challenges researchers are…

MONTREUX: KNOWLEDGE AND TRUST – HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH

By Michael Loevinsohn, STEPS Centre member You know you’re a discipline or a significant sub-discipline when you can organize and find funding for a global symposium. Twelve hundred participants from umpteen countries also testify to the self-awareness that marks a field. And the Symposium’s theme is fittingly ambitious: Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage. Charlie…

BEYOND SCALING UP WORKSHOP

By Julia Day We have a packed room here at the Institute of Development Studies for the first day of the Beyond Scaling Up workshop organised by the STEPS Centre and our affiliate partner Future Health Systems. And very surprisingly, for the UK, summer appears to have arrived on time to welcome our 50 or…

REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI: ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES OF PUBLIC HEALTH

By Melissa Leach The Kilifi conference on the publics of public health is now complete, after two more intense days. Two dimensions of the contemporary world of public health have been particularly dominant. First, the new global architectures through which so much funding and programming around health issues in Africa now takes place. The huge…

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDAS, NEW PUBLICS: REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI

By Melissa Leach We are on the Kenyan coast, not far from Kilifi town and the site of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), at a conference which the STEPS Centre has had a role in convening, together with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), KEMRI and the University of…

LETTER FROM DHAKA: HOW CAN WE REINVENT PUBLIC HEALTH?

By HILARY STANDING, Fellow on Health in the IDS KNOTS Team and Director of Realising Rights Living in Dhaka is a daily lesson in the extremes of human urban existence. This is a city of around 12 million packed into a surprisingly small area. It has huge slum populations and dense housing even in the…

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…