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…

MONTREUX: BEYOND SCALING UP

Gerry Bloom, STEPS Centre health convenor, will be holding a session tomorrow (Thursday) at the the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux, entitled “Beyond Scaling Up”. Here’s a summary: “This session will present findings and conclusions of a stream of work jointly organised by the Future Health Systems Consortium and the STEPS…

MONTREUX: NEW DIRECTIONS IN ENVIRONMENT-HEALTH RESEARCH

Some of us are at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux and running events discussing our recent work (see the STEPS Centre events page for full details). Tomorrow (Wednesday), Michael Loevinsohn will be chairing a session at Montreux entitled “New directions in environment-health research: implications for health systems”. (Michael’s session’s at…

BEING “HEALTHILY SCEPTICAL” ABOUT BIOFORTIFICATION

Lawrence Haddad, IDS Director, has written about the future of biofortification (and mentioned the STEPS Centre’s work) on his blog, Development Horizons: “To date, biofortification has relied on conventional breeding techniques and behavior change research to answer 3 questions: (a) is there a significant, in terms of human nutrition, variation in the micronutrients zinc, iron,…

SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS OF DISEASE

We’ve added three new research projects we’re involved in to the website, under the heading “Socio-ecological dynamics of disease”. The projects are all looking at the social, ecological, biological and institutional dynamics of disease. The work focuses particularly on diseases originating in animals, using cases in Africa and Asia. Photo: Fruitbat / Brian Gratwicke /…

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…

ANTIBIOCALYPSE: HOW DO WE RESPOND TO SUPERBUGS?

by Gerry Bloom, STEPS Centre Health domain convenor On August 11 the Lancet published an article that demonstrated the emergence of a new antibiotic resistance mechanism (known as NDM-1) in India, Pakistan and the UK. The article points out that many of the UK people carrying resistant bacteria had visited the Indian sub-continent during the…

NEW BOOK: EPIDEMICS

Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice, the new book in our Pathways to Sustainability series, highlights the problems of emergency knee-jerk responses to serious outbreaks of disease. Of the many cases in the book, one is the story of the response to swine flu in Egypt. To address the disease, the government launched a nationwide…

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…