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…

NEW BOOK: AVIAN INFLUENZA: SCIENCE, POLICY AND POLITICS

Our new book, Avian Influenza: Science, Policy and Politics, edited by Ian Scoones, is out today. Earthscan books is offering a 20% discount (see link below). Buy from Earthscan (20% discount)Buy from Amazon This new book lays out the lessons from the international avian influenza response, and suggests a way forward based on ‘One World,…

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…

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…

NEW STEPS PUBLICATIONS: WATER REFORM AND VACCINES

We’ve just published two new Working Papers: one on Water reform in South Africa, the other on polio vaccine development. Photo: Growing vegetables near the Driekoppies dam, Lomati river by Synne Movik In policy discussions in post-apartheid South Africa, existing users were strongly protected, and redistribution to ‘historically disadvantaged individuals’ was seen as risky. 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…

AID FOR AIDS: HOW DO COMMUNITY GROUPS NEGOTIATE THE NEW FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE?

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The past decade has witnessed a change in the public health funding landscape – with the rise of global health initiatives as well as increases in bilateral funding for health sector development. Action on HIV/AIDS has been associated with high profile programmes such as the Global Fund to Fight…

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…

KILLER DUST: NEW ASBESTOS REPORT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member STEPS member Linda Waldman has co-aurthored a new academic report commissioned by construction union UCATT. Linda and Heather Williams have uncovered huge deficiencies in the rules covering the management of asbestos in people’s homes. Potentially exposing both residents and maintenance workers to asbestos exposure. Householders undertaking standard DIY functions…