Seasonality in South Sudan Evidence on ECD approaches in Malawi Barriers to scaling-up prevention of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis
An old lady peels groundnuts manually at the market in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan

Seasonality in South Sudan

Acute malnutrition tends to be highest during the lean season April/May – August. The lean season occurs at the same time as the rainy season, when the incidence of malaria and diarrhoea increases. This creates a double burden of vulnerability. The rainy season also brings logistical constraints to the implementation of nutrition activities, hampering communication [...]Read more >

School building in Malawi

Evidence on ECD approaches in Malawi

This rapid review looks at the evidence on Early Childhood Development (ECD) models (including integrated approaches) in Malawi and in the Sub-Saharan African region, looking at the impact on child development and learning. Most of the evidence from Malawi focuses on Community Based Childcare Centres (CBCC) which are the main centre based model for ECD [...]Read more >

Mother with her newborn child, Ethiopia

Barriers to scaling-up prevention of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis

The value of syphilis testing in early pregnancy has been gaining recognition in recent years. Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of the disease is estimated to be responsible for between 2-4% of all neonatal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study. This makes a clear case for strengthening the prevention of MTCT (PMTCT) [...]Read more >

Convening a ‘write shop’ – an innovative way of getting evidence into policy

30 November 2015

How do we inspire busy policy advisers to take time to absorb the latest research? And how do we ensure that, when they are using evidence, we can record the process and impact that this is having? At a meeting held at Oxford University in September 2015, DFID policy advisers had a unique opportunity to [...]

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Local research capacity is essential for the Scaling-Up Nutrition agenda to take off in Nigeria

24 November 2015

Delegates at the second SUN Annual Global Gathering in October 2015 called for better use of evidence in policy-making for nutrition, and stronger country-level nutrition data to track progress towards overcoming malnutrition, and to keep governments accountable. The 2015 Global Nutrition Report recognises that governments and donors need to work more closely with researchers to [...]

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Situational analysis of FGM/C stakeholders and interventions in Somalia

23 November 2015

Improving health systems in Somalia

The overall aim of the Situational Analysis in Somalia is for government, donors and the UN to gain a greater understanding of existing interventions towards ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), and to identify gaps so as to be able to strengthen the current interventions and inform future programming. There are two parts to the report: [...]

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Categories: Health, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health0 Comments

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, External review 2014

21 November 2015

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international independently governed collaboration situated in the Health Systems and Innovation cluster at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. Its overarching goal is to improve the health sectors of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) through the promotion and use of empirical health [...]

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Categories: Health, Health Systems0 Comments

Cost-effectiveness of village health workers

16 November 2015

Psychosocial support group in Zimbabwe

This report reviews the evidence of the cost effectiveness of village health workers. It found that the literature tends to use the term community health workers (CHWs) generally to encompass village health workers and other regional variations of a similar role. The reviews on this topic often use the term broadly where country programs operate [...]

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DFID should put long term research at the heart of development

11 November 2015

Researcher looks through microscope, Ghana

The 2015 autumn spending review launched by the chancellor George Osborne, aims to find ways to reduce the UK government budget by a further £20 billion. While the UK aid budget is protected from such cuts, heightened public awareness of fiscal tightening, and scrutiny from the likes of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), [...]

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Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) South Sudan

10 November 2015

Physiotherapist massages six-month-old, who suffers serious mobility problems in her legs and feet, North Darfur, Sudan

In South Sudan the DFID Integrated Case Management Programme (ICCM) was initiated in April 2013 to complement the Global Fund home management of malaria for children under 5 years of age. It allows treatment of additional childhood illnesses including pneumonia, diarrhoea and severe acute malnutrition by community based distributors at the household level. This is [...]

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Categories: Annual reviews and progress reports, Assignment Reports, Childhood nutrition, Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition0 Comments

Somalia: Support to donor working group on Human Resources for Health – Remuneration, HR and payroll process issues related to the introduction of the ‘medium scenario’

10 November 2015

Mother holds malnourished baby in hospital, Somalia

The purpose of this assignment was to support the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Donor Working Group to review the implications of the introduction of the medium-level pay scale for health workers on each of the programmes they fund in Somalia (with a focus on the Global Fund, GAVI, JHNP, Health Consortium for the Somali [...]

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Categories: Health, Health Systems0 Comments

Education for pregnant girls and young mothers

10 November 2015

Mothers and infants at primary health centre, Madagascar

Officially, pregnant girls in Kenya are allowed to stay in school as long as they think they can. However, there are cases where school authorities bar pregnant girls from attending school or girls leave school early to avoid stigma. There is no education provision whilst girls are on maternity leave unless parents are able to [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Child Rights, Education, Equity, Girls' Education, Helpdesk Reports, Policy, Finance and Governance0 Comments

Affordability of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention

10 November 2015

Health assessment during a demobilisation programme in Sudan

This helpdesk reviews key studies on multiple primary and secondary prevention strategies, cardio-vascular disease (CVD) prevention drugs, and cancer prevention and early detection, in order to determine what the evidence says about the affordability of managing NCDs in low income countries. One key document reviewed the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of [...]

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

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