There is mixed evidence of the extent of the problem of high salt intake in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Different reports and different unit measurements make it hard to compare and assess data. Data suggests: a significant problem in India a moderate problem in South Africa and Zimbabwe a potential problem in Nigeria… Read more
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
Based on UN MDG data for married women, countries that achieved a 3% or 5% increase in a year or a similar average over more years include The Gambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Statistics from other sources include increases shown in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Afghanistan. The report includes a table with current contraceptive use… Read more
This report gives an overview of the evidence of the economic and social barriers to girls’ education in Sudan. It also gives an overview of barriers which affect the education of both boys and girls. It gives the evidence for successfully addressing barriers to girls’ education in Sudan and examples from other countries of successfully… Read more
HRC REPORT: This report presents the relative cost-effectiveness of scaling-up delivery of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN). It concludes that there is currently unrealistic optimism on the levels of access to LLINs and their use that can be achieved within the next few years, and on the numbers of LLINs needed to reach these targets…. Read more
HLSP REPORT: This paper presents a synthesis of institutional arrangements and issues currently facing National AIDS Councils/Commissions (NACs) in 2007. It reviews the governance and institutional arrangements of African NACs as well as harmonisation and alignement processes. For each topic there is an analysis of emerging themes.
HRC REPORT: This report considers if user fees for health services should be removed and reviews the experiences of countries that have gone down this route. It also provides an overview of the history of ‘user fee’ implementation in Sub-saharan Africa, and analyses the effect of ‘user fee’ charges using a ‘business model’ framework.
HSRC REPORT: This study extrapolates empirical cost data from Sub-saharan African firms to consider the conditions under which domestic production of drugs in a facility in Sub-saharan Africa would be feasible and profitable as a business enterprise, while at the same time, able to promote better access to quality medicines, at a price more affordable… Read more
HSRC REPORT: This review examined for 6 African countries, the country based poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) documentation and the associated World Bank/IMF HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) documentation for human resources for health content. These documents were supplemented with other relevant country documents such as health strategies.
HSRC REPORT: This is a report of a two day DFID workshop on health insurance in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in April 2002. The initiative was in response to the increasing policy interest in health insurance (HI) in several SSA countries, and particularly in social health insurance schemes.