Blog: Health Systems

Owning It

26 April 2017

“No child should be denied the right to highly effective preventive interventions for unfair reasons, including economic and social causes. All barriers must be overcome” – Margaret Chan, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General [1]

How do countries overcome the barriers and challenges to ensure all children receive all WHO recommended vaccines? I think country ownership is key, and today RESULTS UK launches, “...

A good news story: Improved health in El Salvador

23 January 2017

In this guest post, Steve Lewis, RESULTS UK'S former Head of Policy, reflects on a recent visit to El Salvador and the incredible progress that has been made to expand access to basic primary health care across rural communities.

Let me introduce you to my friend Graciela. Graciela’s story shows us that life is getting better in most developing countries, that foreign aid works, and that most people in most poor countries are healthier now than they used to be. They are...

Integrating nutrition and health: Strengthening the evidence through case studies

2 December 2016

This week, RESULTS UK launched its most recent research, Integrating nutrition and health across the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health continuum ’. Anushree Shiroor, Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition), reviews the key findings.

Why is nutrition critical along the RMNCAH continuum? Nutrition requirements are increased particularly during adolescence, pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood to promote growth, good health,...

World AIDS Day: global challenges require global leadership

1 December 2016

Across the pond, pundits are beginning to speculate what the President-Elect’s cabinet picks will mean for US support for international development, with some pessimistically suggesting that America First may literally translate as America Not Overseas.

In particular, concerns have been voiced about a potential break from the bipartisan consensus that has existed for many years on the need to address HIV. Let us not forget that it was Republican George W...

Why nutrition and health combined? Lessons from Malawi

29 November 2016

Callum Northcote, Policy Advocacy Coordinator, reflects on a recent visit to Malawi to see how nutrition programmes are being integrated into wider health programmes and previews this week's nutrition advocacy tour.

What's Pneumonia got to do with the Global Goals?

11 November 2016

On #WorldPneumoniaDay 2016, Laura Kerr reminds us how the prevention of one disease can help reduce many preventable child deaths and requires a strong, well functioning health system.

In 2015, 2,500 young lives were lost every single day because of pneumonia.

It is the number one infectious killer of children under 5 and is responsible for 16% of all under 5 deaths globally. Last year this meant that Pneumonia was responsible for more child deaths than...

Reflections on immunisation in Uganda

8 September 2016

Sat on a mother’s lap under a tree, a baby cries out loudly and sharply. He doesn't care about the surrounding crowd or the other twenty babies waiting and watching with their mothers. The most important thing he doesn't know or care about right then is that his life has just been changed forever. He has just received a round of his routine immunisations. Painful though the injections might be, he is now much less likely to catch one of the many vaccine preventable diseases which still kill...

"With such a small piece of cloth, how do you choose what to cover?"

22 July 2016

In her second blog from Cambodia, Dr Jess Potter reports from the MDR-TB ward at CENAT hospital in Phnom Penh and highlights the impossible choices that have to be made with limited funding.

Today we are back in Phnom Penh at the National Centre for Tuberculosis (CENAT) to see their multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) ward. The moment we arrive we are confronted by a van with a patient lying in the back, an oxygen tank tucked in the corner and her young daughter...

How volunteer healthworkers in Cambodia are helping to leave no-one behind

22 July 2016

In her second blog, TB nurse Sue Dart discusses how community healthworkers in Cambodia are helping to ensure no-one is left behind.

Back in Phnom Penn, a sprawling city, an energy emanates from the myriads of scooters, tuk tuks and street vendors lining the roads. There is obviously investment happening, illustrated by the precarious wooden bamboo scaffolding supporting shells of new apartment complexes and hotels springing up across the city. However, for the majority,...

Behind the beauty a TB epidemic is raging

20 July 2016

In this guest blog post, Dr Jess Potter reflects on the scale of Cambodia's hidden TB epidemic, the progress that has been made and stresses why continued support to the Global Fund is vital.

The Cambodia I have experienced so far is magical. With its unwaveringly hospitable people, lush flat lands dotted with palm trees, brightly coloured houses on stilts and the landscape punctuated with majestic temples glistening gold in the morning sunshine – you can’t help but be...

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