Community health systems

Strengthening Hospital Management in South Sudan To Improve Service Delivery

Improving hospital management structures to improve the quality of health service delivery. In any health system, hospitals are increasingly complex and costly organisations. Effective and efficient management of hospitals pose huge challenges in both developed and developing countries. However, the positive impact of an effective Hospital Management Committee and Hospital Advisory Board on hospital operations […]

A song to increase health awareness and social issues in Mkushi, Zambia

Bumping our way down a dirt track, we glimpsed a gathering of orange t-shirts through the trees and as we stepped out of the car the air was filled with song. ‘SMAG forward twibwelela numa, SMAG forward cacine ee, Twalisalile fwebene, Twalisalile nokubomba, Twalisalile nokwenda, twalisalile nokubomela community’ ‘SMAG it forward and don’t turn back, […]

Leaving no-one behind: focusing on women with the least social support

Current broad spectrum targeting efforts are failing to reach those who need the most support. An adaptive programming approach was employed to identify under-supported women and address the clustering of child death. The emphasis on reaching every woman and every child within the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health by 2030 is laudable. […]

Why health programming and policy must respond to the reality of women’s lives

Health policies and interventions need a cross-cutting gender equality and women’s empowerment component if they are to tackle the real issues that women face.Women for Health Foundation Year Programme Student Women for Health Foundation Year Programme Student Persistent social and gender inequalities lie behind the fact that women and girls in many developing countries are […]

A training approach for community health volunteers which meets the needs of adult learners

A training approach for community health volunteers increased skilled birth attendant rates in rural Zambia by 63 percent from baseline over a two-year period. The UK aid-funded Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ) programme, implemented between 2010 – 2013, was set up to design and test innovative approaches to reduce demand-side barriers […]