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

Informal m-health: How are young people using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data collected in 2012–2014 from over 4500 young people (aged 8–25 y) in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, this paper documents practices of using mobile phones to seek healthcare and the new therapeutic opportunities they create, alongside the constraints, contingencies and risks.

Intergenerational relations and the power of the cell phone: Perspectives on young people’s phone usage in sub-Saharan Africa

In this paper we reflect on the inter-generational encounters which are embedded in young people’s cell phone interactions, and consider the wider societal implications, not least the potential for associated shifts in the generational balance of power.
A nurse explains clinic procedures to waiting patients

Health inequities - that is, unfair and avoidable difference in health arising from social, economic or political factors, and which disadvantage the poor and marginalised - are trapping millions of people in poverty.

News: Making mHealth work for all

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are going to have a major impact on health and health systems in the near future.  To ensure that everyone (including the very poor) benefits from this new technology, it is vital that those designing new technologies, people responsible for health systems and social researchers come together to explore the opportunities and potential challenges, especially for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Blog: Child poverty research day
On 18 November, the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and the Impact Initiative hosted a ‘Child Poverty Research Day’ to discuss current evidence, knowledge gaps and ways forward for research helping to reduce child poverty. Despite massive poverty reduction in the past decades, child poverty remains an issue requiring urgent action. The day was filled with sharing of research findings as well discussions of knowledge gaps and ideas for ways forward on how research, policy and practice can come together towards seeking a solution for ending child poverty.
Blog: What does the widespread use of ICTs mean for health?
As information and communication technology (ICT) becomes more prevalent in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), both lay users and medical professionals are finding new and innovative ways to incorporate mobile health (mHealth) and electronic health (eHealth) tools into their everyday lives.
Blog: Ensuring all children can escape the cycle of poverty
SOS Children's Villages International explores how the multidimensional nature of poverty impacts on children, especially children without parental care or who are not living in households, and introduces the inter-agency initiative: All children count, but not all children are counted.
News: Strengthening health systems - Impact Initiative at the HSR2016
The HSR2016 brings together over 2,000 policymakers and practitioners in Vancouver, Canada, from 14-18 November. The Impact Initiative is hosting two organised sessions during the Symposium - ‘Opportunities and Challenges: integrating mHealth into low- and middle-income health systems’ and ‘Disability, equity and rights: Sharing intersectional approaches to building responsive, resilient and inclusive health systems’.

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