Implications of the community health policy change in Kenya in light of world health worker week #WHWWeek

Kenya’s community health strategy (2006) expounds the country’s plan to expand access to community health care for the whole population, through two close-to-community providers:  community health workers (CHWs) (community selected community members who carry out a range of activities at household level) and community health extension workers (CHEWs) (government selected workers who supervise CHWs among… Read more




Tim Martineau on the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Working Group

Tim Martineau is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and leads a growing team working on health workforce issues. In this video, he talks about the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Working Group, a subgroup of Health Systems Global which is a society for… Read more




Introducing the Capacity Research Unit (CRU): Strengthening Health Research Capacity around the World

Professor Imelda Bates is the Head of the Capacity Research Unit (CRU), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the focus for an emerging international network with expertise in the evaluation of research capacity development. In this video, Professor Bates talks about the CRU’s work in health research capacity development in low and middle income countries (LMICs),… Read more




Introducing ReBUILD: A Consortium Building Resilient and Responsive Health Systems in Conflict-Affected States

Barbara McPake is a health economist specialising in health policy and health systems research. She is one of two Research Directors of ReBUILD, a UK Department for International Development funded Research Programme Consortium on health systems development. In this video, she talks about the consortium’s work in building resilient and responsive health systems in conflict-affected states. ReBUILD… Read more




Assessment of the patient, health system, and population effects of Xpert MTB/RIF and alternative diagnostics for tuberculosis in Tanzania: an integrated modelling approach

Several promising new diagnostic methods and algorithms for tuberculosis have been endorsed by WHO. National tuberculosis programmes now face the decision on which methods to implement and where to place them in the diagnostic algorithm. We used an integrated model to assess the effects of different algorithms of Xpert MTB/RIF and light-emitting diode (LED) fluorescence… Read more




Beyond accuracy: creating a comprehensive evidence base for TB diagnostic tools

The need for a strong and comprehensive evidence base to support decision making with regard to the implementation of new and improved diagnostic tools and approaches has been highlighted by a number of stakeholders; these include members of the New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG) and the Subgroup for Introducing New Approaches and Tools of the… Read more




Operational modelling and its potential for facilitating in-country policy decision making on uptake and implementation of new tools

Newly developed diagnostic tools and algorithms face a number of barriers in effective implementation. Policy makers need to make rational decisions on whether to go ahead and invest in new innovations for health and how. Should a new diagnostic test replace or be used in combination with an existing method? What are the access costs… Read more




Health pooled fund: South Sudan. Mid-Term Review Report: Draft for Submission

Beginning in October 2012, five donors (Australia, Canada, the European Union, Sweden and the UK) are providing £120 million through the Health Pooled Fund (HPF) for a programme in South Sudan lasting three and a half years. The UK leads and manages the HPF on behalf of other contributing donors. The programme supports the delivery… Read more




Cost analysis of the essential package of health services (EPHS) in Somalia

This cost study of the EPHS in the three zones of Somalia provides an important step in establishing the fundamental building blocks for further economic and VfM analysis of EPHS implementation and impact. The report explores the following economic questions: What are the actual total and unit costs of EPHS implementation in the regions where… Read more




Ghana health sector support programme: scenario planning and risk management, Draft report

This review considered possible scenarios for the health sector over the next three years and a range of associated options for future support from the Department for International Development (DFID). The review concludes the best option to be: provision of non-budget support financial aid for primary care. The report makes the following recommendations: DFID should… Read more




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