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…

SWINE FLU: SOME EMERGING LESSONS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Co-Director Read a short version of this piece, published in The Guardian.The back-story of the swine flu outbreak is gradually seeping out. There are some vitally important lessons that can be learned. Here I outline five: 1. Risks, uncertainties and mortalities A favourite media narrative in the face of a potential…

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…

BOY ‘WAS FIRST TO GET SWINE FLU’

From the BBC News website following the authorities in Mexico saying they think they have pinpointed where the swine flu virus began. The video features ABC News’ Jeffrey Kofman speaking to a boy who is believed to be the first sufferer, in La Gloria, Mexico.

SWINE FLU: GOVERNING GLOBAL HEALTH IN AN AGE OF EPIDEMICS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre Co-Director More than 150 deaths in Mexico, a public emergency declared in the US, China banning imports of pigs from the USA and Mexico, health authorities across Asia and the Pacific on red alert, stock market prices for agriculture and travel industries down, while pharmaceutical stocks rise. These are just…

ECOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE DYNAMICS – FROM THE FORESTS OF SIERRA LEONE

By MELISSA LEACH, STEPS Centre director Last week I visited Sierra Leone catching up on happenings in its eastern rainforests following a long absence and a decade of civil war, and exploring collaboration possibilities for the STEPS Centre’s work on epidemics and the ecology of infectious disease. It was fantastic to be back there, and…

NEW AVIAN FLU PUBLICATIONS FOCUS ON SE ASIA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As participants gather for the major international meeting in Winnipeg Canada this week to discuss ways forward on the One World, One Health initiative, a series of new papers have been published, documenting country-level experiences of HPAI responses in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia (papers and presentations. Photo credit:…

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…