Health in developing countries, including resources on issues such as: infectious diseases; NCDs; injury and violence; maternal, newborn and child health; and nutrition.

Towards accountability for health equity: galvanising a movement for UHC

10/05/2018
This month (May 2018), the Institute of Development Studies, in collaboration with Future Health Systems, the Impact Initiative, the Open Society Foundations, and Unequal Voices, publishes a new edition of the IDS Bulletin focusing on ‘Accountability for Health Equity’, which places relationships of power at the centre of our understanding of how health systems function – or don’t – for all levels of society. The issue includes draws on research enabled by the ESRC-DFID strategic partnership.
Village elders of the Jiwoyo Village, Mali, wait for treatment during a medical civil action program May 11, 2010.

Finding ways to deliver high-quality health care to low-income populations in developing countries is a critical policy challenge. Our initial ESRC-funded project found that reducing user fees (by providing primary health care for free) does substantially increase Malian households' use of this care.

News: The problem of overtreatment: why antimalarials are being used by malaria-negative patients

25/04/2018
According to the latest World Malaria Report, recent progress against malaria stalled between 2015 and 2016, while aid from the international community is on the decline. In such an environment, it is critical to ensure that precious resources – particularly antimalarial medications – are appropriately targeted to the patients who truly need them. In recognition of World Malaria Day, we would therefore like to call attention to the problem of overtreatment – the use of antimalarials by malaria negative patients.

News: CSW62: How can we improve life choices for women?

08/03/2018
Traditional and cultural expectations, low economic status or lack of access to healthcare and education are persistent and major barriers for women and girls. These barriers remind us that we need to change the structures and policies that continue to hold women back. With this as the backdrop, the Impact Initiative is launching its campaign #Policies4 Improving Life Choices for Women, proposing policy ideas and innovations that could empower women. The campaign will highlight the evidence and research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme that should inform decision making and interventions.

There is an urgent need to find means by which societies can engage in difficult debates about how to ensure food security in a world threatened by dangerous levels of climate change, at the same time as making drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. There will be conflicts, trade-offs but also potential co-benefits between these twin objectives depending very much on the pathways chosen.

Urbanisation in low-income nations presents both opportunities and immense challenges. As urban centres grow rapidly, inadequate housing and the lack of basic infrastructure and services affect a large and growing proportion of their population. There is also a growing body of evidence on urban poverty and its links with environmental hazards.

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