IHP news 478 : Research

By on July 13, 2018

Global Health: Science and Practice (Editorial) … 5 Years In


Five years after launching Global Health: Science and Practice, we are seeing signs that we are helping to fill an important gap in program-related evidence. Looking forward, we seek to offer better coverage for topics that are relatively neglected in the global health literature and to publish more papers by authors based in low- and middle-income countries. We invite authors to submit manuscripts on global health programs grounded in evidence from research, evaluation, monitoring data, or experiential knowledge, and encourage readers to access and share our free articles to find scalable approaches and important lessons to inform programs and policy.”

Global Health: Science and Practice (Methodologies) – Monitoring Progress in Equality for the Sustainable Development Goals: A Case Study of Meeting Demand for Family Planning

Y Choi et al; http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/6/2/387

“As demand for family planning has increasingly been satisfied, disparities between groups within a country have also generally declined but persist. To monitor disparity across countries and over time, we recommend comparing met demand by wealth quintile because it is most comparable to interpret and highly correlated with disparity by education, residence, and region. Within country, comparing disparity in met demand across geographic region can identify populations with greater need for programmatic purposes.”

Also from the new issue of Global Health: Science and Practice.

Global Health Promotion – June Issue


Check out for example the EditorialIs health promotion culturally competent to work with migrants?.

BMJ Global Health – Accountability mechanisms and the value of relationships: experiences of front-line managers at subnational level in Kenya and South Africa

N Nxumalo, L Gilson, S Molyneux et al; https://gh.bmj.com/content/3/4/e000842

Resource constraints, value for money debates and concerns about provider behaviour have placed accountability ‘front and centre stage’ in health system improvement initiatives and policy prescriptions. There are a myriad of accountability relationships within health systems, all of which can be transformed by decentralisation of health system decision-making from national to subnational level. Many potential benefits of decentralisation depend critically on the accountability processes and practices of front-line health facility providers and managers, who play a central role in policy implementation at province, county, district and facility levels. However, few studies have examined these responsibilities and practices in detail, including their implications for service delivery. In this paper we contribute to filling this gap through presenting data drawn from broader ongoing research collaborations between researchers and health managers in Kenya and South Africa. These collaborations are aimed at understanding and strengthening day-to-day micropractices of health system governance, including accountability processes….”

Journal of Human Rights Practice – The Populist Challenge to Human Rights

P Alston; https://academic.oup.com/jhrp/article/9/1/1/3772736

“The nationalistic, xenophobic, misogynistic, and explicitly anti-human rights agenda of many populist political leaders requires human rights proponents to rethink many longstanding assumptions. There is a need to re-evaluate strategies and broaden outreach, while reaffirming the basic principles on which the human rights movement is founded. Amongst the challenges are the need to achieve more effective synergies between international and local human rights movements and to embrace and assert economic and social rights as human rights rather than as welfare or development objectives. It will be crucial to engage with issues of resources and redistribution, including budgets, tax policy, and fiscal policies. There is a need for collaboration with a broader range of actors, to be more persuasive and less didactic, and to be prepared to break with some of the old certainties. Academics should pay attention to the unintended consequences of their scholarship, and everyone in the human rights movement needs to reflect on the contributions each can make.”

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