Health and Education in fragile states: shared challenges

In a recent blog, Alice Albright of the Global Partnership for Education wrote about the close relationship between health and education in international development. She highlighted the mutually reinforcing benefits between health and education: educated mothers have healthier children, healthier children learn better. But the relationship between health and education is not just one of… Read more

Maternal mental health in the context of community based home visiting: “Acting urgently, building slowly”

On 12 June 2014, Professor Mark Tomlinson from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, gave a seminar to DFID health advisors on maternal mental health in the context of community based home visiting. The seminar highlighted that in low and middle income countries women and girls carry a significant care burden. They are twice as likely as… Read more

Ethics & Gender: reflections from the Global Health Bioethics Network Summer School in Malawi

What is the global health bioethics network? The Global Health Bioethics Network is a collaboration between the five Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Kenya, Thailand-Laos, South Africa, Vietnam, and Malawi and the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. Funded through a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, the Network aims to: promote and support… Read more

Support National Malaria Programme (SUNMAP) Annual Review (2013)

The UK provides financial support to the SUNMAP programme to support the management, coordination and delivery of malaria control services in six Nigerian States. It subsequently expanded to a further four States covering a total population of around 60 million. The support is through the provision of long and short term technical assistance for systems… Read more

Ghana Education 2006-2013, Lessons Learned

This short Lessons Learned paper was requested as part of the Project completion Review process of DFID’s Support to the Education Strategic Plan 2006-2013. The education sector looks very different in 2013 from how it did in 2006. The major changes are: over 3 million more children enrolled in basic education (a 70% increase) over… Read more

Learning for earning – the links between learning and economic growth

On 10 June 2014, Andreas Schleicher, a Special Advisor on Education Policy to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Secretary-General and Deputy Director for Education, gave a seminar to DFID education advisors in London. The presentation he gave explored how economic development can contribute to eradicating poverty. He argued that education is key… Read more

Dr Laura Day Ashley on the role and impact of private schools in developing countries

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has commissioned a series of rigorous literature reviews focused on different aspects of education. The reviews identify critical evidence gaps to guide future research programmes and present existing evidence for the development of effective interventions. Dr Laura Day Ashley and her colleagues worked on the review focused on… Read more

Let’s invest in private hospitals as they are more efficient compared to other hospitals, right?

My co-authors and I recently published a paper in which assess whether the efficiency of a hospital is affected by its type of ownership. Interestingly, in parallel unrelated efforts, the US think tank Centre for Global Development is also currently publishing a series of papers and blogs that seek to re-examine the role of hospitals… Read more

5 key questions on close-to-community programmes as part of a broader health systems approach

On the 26 June the UK Guardian newspaper held an online Live Question and Answer Session on health systems. Sally Theobald contributed on behalf of REACHOUT with a focus on close-to-community providers of health care. Amref set the scene by stressing that strong health systems: ‘Must reach right down to the community level as demand must exist to feed up into… Read more

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