How to strengthen the CMAM programme in Northern Nigeria and reduce rates of programme defaulting Education and disability research Emergency obstetric referral and transport in low- and middle-income countries: the direction of travel
Mother and baby smiling, Nigeria

How to strengthen the CMAM programme in Northern Nigeria and reduce rates of programme defaulting

This report presents findings from the operations research (OR) study which was conducted to identify barriers to attendance of the Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Weeks programme (MNCHW), in two states of northern Nigeria  – Jigawa and Zamfara States. The work was a collaborative project between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Food [...]Read more >

Inclusive education classroom

Education and disability research

Nidhi Singal is an expert on education and disability research at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. In this video she talks about direction of education in disability research in the southern context. She states that many debates in this field are mostly determined by the northern hegemonic understanding of disability and education. Only a [...]Read more >

New mother with her child in a post-maternity ward, Timor-Leste

Emergency obstetric referral and transport in low- and middle-income countries: the direction of travel

In low- and middle-income countries, adequate plans to seek care in case of an emergency are important especially if women live far away from where lifesaving care is available. Decisions to seek care can be deferred or hindered. Even if decisions are rapidly made to seek care, transport may be unavailable or slow. Mechanisms to [...]Read more >

The Political Economy of NCDs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

01 September 2015

Parents and children waiting outside of clinic, Zimbabwe

There is a growing movement advocating for an increased focus on resourcing the control and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), ie The Lancet NCD Action Group and the NCD Alliance. The proponents of tackling NCDs often quote figures for NCD impact in LMICs without discussing disparities between socio-economic groups. The rapid search for this report [...]

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Categories: Health, Helpdesk Reports, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Publications0 Comments

Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) Annual Review

01 September 2015

Teacher, Kabkabiya, North Darfur, Sudan

The GESS project aims to increase enrolment, retention and levels achievement for girls in South Sudan. This review finds good progress on all three outputs. The continuing insecurity in the three Greater Upper Nile States has clearly impacted project progress, and a programme level Interim Strategy has been put in place to ensure GESS is [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Curriculum, Learning and Teaching, Education, Girls' Education, Quality of learning outcomes, Violence, Conflict and Emergencies0 Comments

How to strengthen an Infant and Young Child Feeding programme in northern Nigeria

26 August 2015

Child eating

This four-page research summary highlights findings and recommendations from operations research into how to strengthen the implementation of an Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programme and to motivate behaviour change to improve IYCF practices in northern Nigeria. The research found that the IYCF programme was viewed positively by a range of beneficiaries and stakeholders, [...]

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Categories: Childhood nutrition, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition0 Comments

A stepping-stones approach to leaving no one behind in learning

25 August 2015

Schoolchild raising hand in outdoor classroom, India

To ensure the rhetoric of leaving no one behind becomes a reality, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) give rise to an important practical question: how can we monitor progress to ensure we know if we have been successful? As our new DFID-funded paper for HEART shows, it is vital that the commitment to leaving no [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Curriculum, Learning and Teaching, Early learning, Education, Equity, Policy, Finance and Governance, Quality of learning outcomes0 Comments

Addressing the human resources for health crisis: the role of action research to improve workforce performance

20 August 2015

A nurse measures a child's arm with a severe malnutrition, North Darfur, Sudan

The single biggest barrier for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieving Universal Health Coverage is the lack of an adequate and well-performing health workforce. This deficit can be addressed by training more new health personnel and/or by improving the performance of the existing health workforce. So far efforts have mostly focused on training new staff [...]

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Categories: Health, Health Systems0 Comments

How can education systems become equitable by 2030?

18 August 2015

Pupil at Beboy Deux school near Paoua, Central African Republic

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasise the importance of all children and young people learning the basics by 2030, along with a commitment to ensuring noone is left behind. This dual emphasis is needed. Enrolment has increased considerably in many low- and lower middle-income countries over the past 15 years, in line with global commitments [...]

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ORIE Deliverables Tracker – Nutrition Research in Northern Nigeria

11 August 2015

Cassava processing

This deliverables tracker tool sets out the reports and other outputs that will be produced and circulated during 2015-2017 from the independent Operations Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE) project of the UK Department for International Development funded Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme. WINNN and ORIE work in partnership with the Federal [...]

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Breastfeeding is a human right, but does society truly enable women to breastfeed?

04 August 2015

Breastmilk is the optimal nutrition for an infant in the first 6 months of life. It promotes healthy child development and growth and prevents diseases in adulthood. Especially in resource-poor settings in which formula feeding is not affordable, feasible or sustainable, breastfeeding is often the only option to ensure child survival and health. A recent [...]

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Two evaluations of community Ebola interventions, two different results

04 August 2015

This spring, when my team from the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform evaluated Community-Based Ebola Care Centres (CCCs) in Sierra Leone, one thing we constantly heard complaints about was human-resource management. Residents of the communities where the Centres were located grumbled about favouritism: well-paying jobs in the Centres were given to friends and family of the [...]

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Categories: Communicable Diseases, Health, Health Systems, WASH0 Comments

Preventing undernutrition through multi-sectoral initiatives in Pakistan

04 August 2015

This report was produced by PATH, AKU and HPI to provide a landscape analysis as an initial step to develop a multi-sectoral nutrition intervention in Pakistan through DFID-funded MQSUN project. The nutritional situation in Pakistan is a cause for much concern and hitherto intransigent to change. Although the proportion of underweight children under 5 years [...]

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Categories: Nutrition0 Comments

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