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Blog: Join us at HSR2016 in Vancouver to discuss the role of health markets in managing antibiotic use and addressing antimicrobial resistance

posted Apr 18, 2016, 4:18 AM by Karine Gatellier

By Meenakshi Gautham and Annie Wilkinson

"Unregulated, fragmented, unorganised, patient-centred, for-profit, low-quality, informal and formal’. These are the keywords that describe the busy health markets of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). In the Health Systems Global (HSG) conference at Vancouver, the Private Sector in Health Thematic Working Group brings another angle to the existing narrative of health markets: that of ‘antimicrobial resistance"....

Meenakshi Gautham and Annie Wilkinson write about the session they are organising for HSR2016 on ‘Resilient and Responsive Health Systems for a Changing World: the Role of Health Markets in Managing Antibiotic Use in Low and Middle Income Countries’. 

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Blog: Charting a Course Through the Jungle of Urban Healthcare Delivery in Bangladesh

posted Apr 18, 2016, 4:14 AM by Karine Gatellier   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 4:15 AM ]

By Alayne M. Adams

"A pluralistic healthcare landscape is a defining feature of urban settings in low-income countries (LICs) and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)..."

Alayne M. Adams writes about a session icddr.b are organising for HSR2016. It is entitled: ‘Rapid urbanization and the private healthcare sector imperative: understanding motivations and entry points for enhancing health systems engagement and sustaining health gains in Bangladesh’, and explores the implications of rapid urbanization on healthcare delivery in Bangladesh, and the role of the private sector.

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Blog on 'How the new global goals can help drive systems to address health challenges better'

posted Oct 1, 2015, 4:15 AM by Karine Gatellier

Sara Bennett (Chair of the board of Health Systems Global) and Kabir Sheikh (Vice Chair of the board of Health Systems Global) blog in The Conversation about how the sustainable development goals promise a significant improvement for global health over what went before. The blog can be accessed here.

A new blog based on a session held at the iHEA World Congress

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:38 AM by Karine Gatellier   [ updated Aug 6, 2015, 8:41 AM ]

The 11th World Congress in Health Economics was held in Milan from 12-15 July 2015. Birger Forsberg and Jenny Liu organized a session on market challenges and low-cost solutions in increasing quality of services at retail drug shops in low-income countries. Birger write about this in a new blog published on the Health Systems Global website.

We've now included this blog as part of the background resources for this website and community.

A working paper and a blog on addressing resistance to antibiotics in pluralistic health systems

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:36 AM by Karine Gatellier   [ updated Aug 6, 2015, 8:43 AM ]

Over the past few years it has become apparent that a growing proportion of bacteria are resistant to the available drugs.

The STEPS Centre working paper reviews a number of strategies for improving the use of antibiotics.  It concludes that effective strategies need measures to ensure easy access to antibiotics, as well as those aimed at influencing providers and users of these drugs to use them appropriately. The blog is based on this paper.

We've now included both of these resources as part of the background resources for this website and community.

2015 Supplement in Health Policy and Planning

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:10 AM by Karine Gatellier   [ updated Aug 6, 2015, 8:40 AM ]

This supplement is on the symposium on the Private Sector in Health held in Sydney in 2013, where experts, healthcare providers and researchers from around the world were brought together to discuss and share findings and research on the role of the private sector in the development of better health systems and the improvement of healthcare worldwide.

We've now included this most recent supplement as part of the background resources for this website and community.

Next PSinHealth webinar: Advances in knowledge on the role of the private sector in health systems

posted Oct 8, 2014, 1:36 AM by Jeff Knezovich   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 1:56 AM ]

  1. Watch webinar recording

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM BST
Earlier this year, Health Policy and Planning released a special supplement on the role of the private sector in health. The supplement was a direct result of a meeting in Toronto, Canada held in 2011. The symposium invited researchers and policy makers around the world to participate with presentations on the role of the private sector in health systems. The best presentations were selected for inclusion in the supplement. 

This webinar introduces the supplement and then hears briefly from the authors of each of the articles included in it. 

Please consider reviewing the supplement before attending the webinar at: http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/suppl_1.toc 

Chair: 
  • Birger Forsberg, Karolinska Instiutet 

Speakers: 
  • Lucy Kanya, Population Council 
  • David Hotchkiss, Tulane University 
  • Ilana Ron Levey, Abt Associates and Gallup 
  • Meenakshi Gautham, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
  • Amanda Pomeroy, John Snow Inc

Two new collections on the role of the private sector in health

posted Jul 18, 2014, 10:18 AM by Jeff Knezovich   [ updated Jul 18, 2014, 10:18 AM ]

July 2014, one year on from our last symposium and we're pleased to announce not one, but two new special collections of journal articles relating to the role of the private sector in health. One of them even comes straight from the 2011 symposium in Toronto.

First up we have a new special collection in Health Policy and Planning, Advances in Knowledge on the Role of The Private Sector in Health. The supplement was edited by Dominic Montagu and Birger Forsberg, both leading members of the PSinHealth group. In their opening editorial they note:

'Nearly 50% of total expenditure on health in low- and middle-income countries is private, rising to ∼70% in countries such as Pakistan, Liberia, India and Myanmar (World Health Organization 2011). A large proportion of this expenditure goes to private providers of health-related goods and services. Awareness of this, the scale and complexity of private health service provision and the magnitude of the regulatory challenges it presents, has been growing for a decade. As a response to the need for improved understanding of the role of the private sector in health systems, interested experts in health and economics have been working together in an informal consortium since 2008 to create a platform [the PSinHealth community] for continued growth of the knowledge on this subject.'

Additionally, Globalization and Health have just published a new open collection on The Future of Health Markets, which invites additional journal articles related to the core themes of the collection: the role of private for-profit providers, regulation and learning.

We've now included both of these collections as part of the background resources for this website and community.

PSinHealth has found a home

posted Dec 12, 2013, 9:23 PM by Jeff Knezovich   [ updated Dec 12, 2013, 9:24 PM ]

Health Systems Global, the first international membership organisation fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation, recently announced its selection of its first six thematic working groups (TWG). We're pleased to let you know that the Private Sector in Health group was among them.

This is great news for the group, whose scientific committee prioritised finding a mechanism for institutionalising the group several years ago.

It means that, in the future, the group will need to continue to evolve, and we'll let you know more about some of the implications of this new institution as they emerge. In the meanwhile, the loose 'Scientific Advisory Committee' has morphed into a TWG Steering Committee and has already met to begin discussions on future planning.

You can review the final application that was approved. If you are interested in being a member, sign up to our email list and be sure to select 'Member' under the Thematic Working Group header.

PSinHealth around the web

posted Aug 1, 2013, 7:49 AM by Jeff Knezovich   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 7:51 AM ]

In addition to several posts about the Symposium on the Private Sector in Health website, various programmes and organisations have commented on the Symposium. Here's a quick round up.

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