Mapping the Donor Landscape in Global Health: Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation mapped the geographic landscape of global health donor assistance for family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH). Recipient countries typically received assistance for FP/RH from multiple different donors. Looking over the period 2009-2011, the report found: The average number of donors present in each recipient country was 8. Eleven recipient countries… Read more

Population and Development: The Demographic Transition

The demographic transition and its related effects of population growth, fertility decline and ageing populations are fraught with controversy. When discussed in relation to the global south and the modern project of development, the questions and answers become more problematic. Population and Development offers an expert guide on the demographic transition, from its origins in Enlightenment… Read more

Neil Squires (DFID) talking at ISNTD Coinfections meeting

This audio recording is of Dr. Neil Squires, Head of Profession for Health at DFID, talking at The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) Coinfections meeting in February 2013. The ISNTD Coinfections meeting was aiming for multidisciplinary progress in global healthcare by exploring the implications of coinfection between NTDs and other communicable diseases, and… Read more

Costings for community accountability interventions

There are a number of community accountability mechanisms in health interventions. These range from community health committees which aim to represent the community in planning, monitoring and evaluating health services to those in which community members are actively involved in the delivery of health services as volunteers or community health workers. Other models of community… Read more

Local Block Grants in Health

It was difficult to find examples that met the criteria of sub-national flexible block grants in health. Sections 2 and 3 cover the main two that were identified.  These are the Tanzania Essential Health Interventions Project (TEHIP) and Generasi, Indonesia. TEHIP aims to bring health spending more in line with cost-effective approaches to the local… Read more

Availability of Essential Medicine

Medicines are integral of any healthcare system, and limited access to medicines undermines health systems’ objectives of equity, efficiency and health development. In African countries, where it is estimated that 50–60% of the populace lack ‘‘access’’ to essential medicines, health problems associated with limited drug benefits are more damaging. The main barriers to essential medicines… Read more

Use of Behavioural Economics in Development Interventions

The concept of ‘nudging’ was first explained in Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, a book by Thaler and Sunstein. Nudge theory is based on a libertarian paternalist approach. Libertarian paternalism contends that people should be free to do what they choose; but that it is legitimate for people’s behaviour to be influenced… Read more

Different Funding Modalities for Health

This report examines the evidence on the success of health funding through unearmarked sector budget support and disease specific and programme funding.  It considers the following areas: Budget support and sector wide approaches (SWAps) Sector budget support in practice, ODI and Mokoro Disease specific programmes Papers on different funding modalities for health Aid effectiveness Williamson… Read more

Pro-Poor Health Delivery

Information on pro-poor health policies does not fit neatly into mutually exclusive categories and many of the themes overlap. For example, universal coverage interventions such as abolishing user fees were often discussed as pro-poor targeting. Universal targeting can appear to be targeting the poor but it may be that the less poor are paying for… Read more

Short Literature Review on the Health Costs of Climate Change Adaptation

This summary is an input to a larger piece of work by the Climate and Environment Division, in preparation of a cross-Whitehall International Climate Fund Board meeting in February 2011. Rather than being exhaustive, it intends to provide a brief overview of the available evidence to date. The contents include: An introduction to climate change… Read more

A Value for Money Perspective Applied to Global Health Initiative Market Shaping Activities

This study illustrates the inter-linkages between different market-shaping actors and interventions and the tensions between sometimes conflicting market impact goals. These interdependencies need to be considered when donors seek to measure GHI impact on value-for-money in the health technology space. Price sometimes dominates these discussions, but price needs to be seen in relation to the… Read more

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