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Have Pro-Poor Health Policies Improved the Targeting of Spending and the Effective Delivery of Health Care in South Africa?

Since 1994 there have been a number of radical changes in the public health care system in South Africa. Budgets have been reallocated, decision making was decentralised, the clinic network was expanded and user fees for primary health care were abo…

Fixing Health Systems

The challenges that face Africa in the sphere of health care are formidable and often daunting. After decades of stagnant or worsening poverty and health indicators across the continent, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — adopted by the Uni…

A Nation's Health in Crisis: International Experience and Public-Private Collaboration

"The private sector is already playing an important role in health care, including providing care to poorer people, and its role could be greatly expanded. Given an appropriate regulatory environment, it could offer more affordable care to many mor…

Health Care Financing under Structural Adjustment: Some reflections from the health insurance experience of Khartoum State Sudan

"The study aims at investigating the different aspects associated with the adoption of health insurance as financing mechanism for curative health services in the Sudan. Specifically,it aims at examining the general features of the insurance plan an…

The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programs on The Health Sector in The Sudan: A Case of Khartoum State

"This study tries to examine the impact of the macro economic reforms implemented in the context of SAPs, especially the most important part of the sectoral reforms relating to the imposition of user charges, on the health sector and on the health …

Effects of Macroeconomic Policies (Fiscal, Trade, Exchange Rate, Structural Adjustment etc) on Health and Health Inequality

"The main objective of this paper is to present the literature review on the effects of macroeconomic policies on health and health inequality. The literature on this subject addresses the relevant issues in terms of macroeconomic policies developed…

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

"Malawi has experienced commendable results in as far as those macroeconomic indicators are concerned. The economy has stabilised with falling rates of inflation and a stable exchange rate. The appealing macroeconomic indicators notwithstanding, rat…

Costs And Benefits Of Investing In Contraceptive Services In Sub-Saharan Africa

"In this fact sheet, the health benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, allow women to time their births, and lower the incidence of death and disability related t…

Improving the Health of Kenya’s Present and Future Workforce for Enhanced Socioeconomic Development

"All Kenyan’s have a right to the highest attainable standard of health and health services including reproductive healthcare. This right is enshrined in The Constitution of Kenya 2010 article 43(a). Further, Kenya’s long-term development plan, Visi…

Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa

"This policy brief documents the policy and program drivers that have propelled the impeccable progress in increasing or stalling contraceptive use in these five countries. Lessons from these countries can galvanize commitment to FP and propel simil…

Rapid Assessment of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and HIV/ AIDS Integration in Malawi

"The high burden of disease and death relating to HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancies and poor maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) remains a major health challenge in Malawi, as is the case in most of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This is largely a r…

Regional Analysis of Youth Demographers: East African Community Countries

Approximately 17% of the world’s 7.5 billion people live in Africa, and by 2065, the continent’s population will comprise 28% of the world’s population. Roughly 60% of the African population is less than 25 years old (compared with 41% globally), an…

Analytical Brief of the 2019 Social Sector Budget: 'A Call for Fairness and Elimination of Wastage'

The 2019 National Budget comes at a time when the Government is facing fiscal constraints. Nevertheless, the Government will still have to deliver essential social services to its population to build on progress made in the past in order to safeguar…

The Impact of Infrastructure on Economic Growth in Botswana

This paper determined how infrastructure stock impacts long-term economic growth in Botswana using the ARDL framework. The infrastructure variables considered in the study are the number of health facilities (proxy for healthcare infrastructure), nu…

Leasing of Medical Equipment Project in Kenya: Value for Money Assessment

The MES as an emerging health financing option is a timely and indeed noble project for scaling up specialized health infrastructure, especially on the face of government fiscal constraints. The expectation was that this project would go a long way…

8 Facts on the Medical Equipment Leasing Project in Kenya

The country has recently experienced a rise in cases of non-communicable diseases as well as cases of injuries from traffic accidents. This coupled with inadequate medical personnel and low specialized health infrastructure owing to the reality of f…

Testing the Health Systems in Africa

It is still too early to assess the extent of the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa, but everything seems to suggest that it will have a major impact on already vulnerable health systems – from prevention to the management of patients. Various forms of…

The COVID-19 Pandemic in the IGAD Region: Impact on the Health and Economy - Volume 1

The COVID crisis has cast its dark shadow in the IGAD region at the worst time as it came on top of problems of the weak or fragile states, lack of capacity, widespread poverty and food insecurity, conflicts, and the desert locust invasion. Many of …

Reproductive Health Challenges : Issues and CPED's Experiences in Nigeria

The contents of this issue is as follows: "Perspectives on Reproductive health issues and challenges in Nigeria" which discusses the reproductive health status of the Nigerian adolescent, the general lack of sexual health information available to th…

Primary Health Care User's Perception of PHC Services in Delta State : Implications for Policy and Service Providers

The views in this policy brief is restricted to the perspectives of the users of primary health services. It mainly identifies various impediments in the delivery of primary health care services that may be important to the users but may appear tri…

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