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  • POST-MDG GOALS: WHERE TO AFTER 2015?

    This session chaired by Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor in chief, looks at how we identify new goals and build country ownership after the MDG target deadline of 2015. “Sustainable development is about the lives and predicaments of those in our world today and the future; it is explicitly intersectional,” says Horton. What are the [...]

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  • IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH (click to read more)

    Margaret Kruk explained that there are two ways for health program to fail. It means that the program theory was wrong or due to poor implementation of the program. Many evidence based innovation fail to produce results when transferred to communities in the global south, largely because their implementation is untested, unsuitable, or incomplete. Realizing [...]

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  • PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: LESSONS FROM HONG KONG, SINGAPORE AND CHINA (click to read more)

    (Rapporteur Ugwu Chidiebere) Eliza Wang defined the private health sector as comprising all providers who exist outside the public sector, whether their aim is philanthropic or commercial, and whose aim is to treat illness or prevent disease. Wang described public-private partnership (PPP) as an agreement between the government and one or more private partners according [...]

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  • Q&A: Prof Zhou Xiao-Nong, Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Diseases of Poverty, and director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases

    Prof Zhou talks to TropIKA.net about the launch of the new journal. Q. Why did you feel there was a need for a new journal? A. There is a lack of journals that are transdisciplinary in neglected diseases. We are linking diseases of poverty with, for instance, environmental issues. Q. Was there a journal you [...]

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  • Q&A: Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva.

    Abdul Ghaffar talks to TropIKA.net about universal health coverage and action needed after the conference. Q. Is there a consensus on what universal health coverage is? A. No, there is no consensus. People have serious differences of opinion – we will never have a perfect definition of universal health coverage (UHC). There are debates about [...]

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  • Q&A: John Lavis, Director of the McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Canada

    John Lavis, Director of the McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Canada talks to TropIKA.net about supporting health systems research. Q. How does your work support health systems research? A. Nelson Sewankambo from Makerere university in Uganda and I jointly share the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Research Chair in foreign health policy and systems. Through [...]

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  • JOURNAL LAUNCH: INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF POVERTY (click for more)

    Today saw the launch of a new journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty focusing on the link between infectious diseases and poverty. The BioMed Central open-accesss journal aims to be a transdisciplinary journal, publishing scoping reviews, which sit between systematic and narrative reviews. For the first 3 years, author publishing charges will be funded by the [...]

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  • PRISMA-E: ADDING EQUITY TO GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS (click to read more)

     Vivian Welch, Deputy Director, University of Ottawa, outlined her group’s work on developing an equity-extension of the PRISMA (preferred reporting items of systematic reviews and meta analysis) guidelines. “We wanted to improve the evidence base for equity-oriented policy, by thinking about whether interventions increase or reduce inequities,” she says. The indices of equity are numerous [...]

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  • Q&A: Sharmila Mhatre, International Development Research Centre, Canada

    Sharmila Mhatre, Program leader for GEHS, at the IDRC talks to TropIKA.net about increasing effectiveness in health systems Q. When health systems came onto the global agenda, donors found it tricky to know how to contribute since it requires a long-term investment and sometimes hard-to-measure outcomes. Has this changed? A. I’m quite excited actually because [...]

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  • EFFECTIVENESS 2.0 (click to read more)

    This lively session was discussion-based, with each presenter introducing themselves and then answering questions from the chair, Garry Aslanyan, WHO-TDR. What follows is a shortened transcript of the discussion. Irene Agyepong, Regional Director of Health, Ghana Health Service. “We started researching whether health insurance is feasible in Ghana. The initial answer was no, but the [...]

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