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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637228/application-of-social-network-analysis-in-the-assessment-of-organization-infrastructure-for-service-delivery-a-three-district-case-study-from-post-conflict-northern-uganda
#1
Freddie Ssengooba, Vincent Kawooya, Justine Namakula, Suzanne Fustukian
In post-conflict settings, service coverage indices are unlikely to be sustained if health systems are built on weak and unstable inter-organization networks-here referred to as infrastructure. The objective of this study was to assess the inter-organization infrastructure that supports the provision of selected health services in the reconstruction phase after conflict in northern Uganda. Applied social network analysis was used to establish the structure, size and function among organizations supporting the provision of (1) HIV treatment, (2) maternal delivery services and (3) workforce strengthening...
June 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591799/incentivizing-universal-safe-delivery-in-nepal-10%C3%A2-years-of-experience
#2
Tim Ensor, Hema Bhatt, Suresh Tiwari
Payments to users and providers of health services are an important ingredient in attempts to promote universal health coverage in low resource settings. The maternal health programme in Nepal explicitly recognizes that ensuring universal access to safe delivery care requires policies that both ensure effective services and overcome demand-side barriers. The programme has used three innovative financing initiatives to stimulate an increase in the use of facility-based delivery: the maternity incentive scheme (2005) reimbursing women for accessing a facility, activity payments in poor districts (2006) and universal free-delivery (2009)...
June 7, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582532/generating-global-political-priority-for-urban-health-the-role-of-the-urban-health-epistemic-community
#3
Yusra Ribhi Shawar, Lani G Crane
Over the past decade there has been much discussion of the challenges posed by rapid urbanization in the developing world; yet the health of the urban poor, and especially those residing in low- and middle-income countries, continues to receive little political priority in most developing countries and at the global level. This research applies social science scholarship and a public policy analytical framework to assess the factors that have challenged efforts to make health in urban poor settings a priority...
June 3, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575193/the-cost-structure-of-routine-infant-immunization-services-a-systematic-analysis-of-six-countries
#4
Fangli Geng, Christian Suharlim, Logan Brenzel, Stephen C Resch, Nicolas A Menzies
Little information exists on the cost structure of routine infant immunization services in low- and middle-income settings. Using a unique dataset of routine infant immunization costs from six countries, we estimated how costs were distributed across budget categories and programmatic activities, and investigated how the cost structure of immunization sites varied by country and site characteristics. The EPIC study collected data on routine infant immunization costs from 319 sites in Benin, Ghana, Honduras, Moldova, Uganda, Zambia, using a standardized approach...
May 31, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575415/catastrophic-healthcare-expenditure-and-poverty-related-to-out-of-pocket-payments-for-healthcare-in-bangladesh-an-estimation-of-financial-risk-protection-of-universal-health-coverage
#5
Jahangir A M Khan, Sayem Ahmed, Timothy G Evans
The Sustainable Development Goals target to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection (FRP) among other dimensions. There are four indicators of FRP, namely incidence of catastrophic health expenditure (CHE), mean positive catastrophic overshoot, incidence of impoverishment and increase in the depth of poverty occur for high out-of-pocket (OOP) healthcare spending. OOP spending is the major payment strategy for healthcare in most low-and-middle-income countries, such as Bangladesh...
May 30, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549142/how-do-performance-based-financing-programmes-measure-quality-of-care-a-descriptive-analysis-of-68-quality-checklists-from-28-low-and-middle-income-countries
#6
Erik Josephson, Jessica Gergen, Martha Coe, Samantha Ski, Supriya Madhavan, Sebastian Bauhoff
This paper seeks to systematically describe the length and content of quality checklists used in performance-based financing programmes, their similarities and differences, and how checklists have evolved over time. We compiled a list of supply-side, health facility-based performance-based financing (PBF) programmes in low- and lower middle-income countries based on a document review. We then solicited PBF manuals and quality checklists from implementers and donors of these PBF mechanisms. We entered each indicator from each quality checklist into a database verbatim in English, and translated into English from French where appropriate, and categorized each indicator according to the Donabedian framework and an author-derived categorization...
May 26, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541422/where-women-go-to-deliver-understanding-the-changing-landscape-of-childbirth-in-africa-and-asia
#7
Dominic Montagu, May Sudhinaraset, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Oona Campbell, Sabine Gabrysch, Lynn Freedman, Margaret E Kruk, France Donnay
Growing evidence from a number of countries in Asia and Africa documents a large shift towards facility deliveries in the past decade. These increases have not led to the improvements in health outcomes that were predicted by health policy researchers in the past. In light of this unexpected evidence, we have assessed data from multiple sources, including nationally representative data from 43 countries in Asia and Africa, to understand the size and range of changing delivery location in Asia and Africa. We have reviewed the policies, programs and financing experiences in multiple countries to understand the drivers of changing practices, and the consequences for maternal and neonatal health and the health systems serving women and newborns...
May 25, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541542/reducing-stock-outs-of-essential-tuberculosis-medicines-a-system-dynamics-modelling-approach-to-supply-chain-management
#8
L Bam, Z M McLaren, E Coetzee, K H von Leipzig
The under-performance of supply chains presents a significant hindrance to disease control in developing countries. Stock-outs of essential medicines lead to treatment interruption which can force changes in patient drug regimens, drive drug resistance and increase mortality. This study is one of few to quantitatively evaluate the effectiveness of supply chain policies in reducing shortages and costs. This study develops a systems dynamics simulation model of the downstream supply chain for amikacin, a second-line tuberculosis drug using 10 years of South African data...
May 24, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531247/the-health-cost-of-tobacco-use-in-uganda
#9
Nigar Nargis, Kellen Nyamurungi, Sebastian Olakira Baine, Daniel Kadobera
The economic cost of tobacco use is well documented in high-income countries. It has been measured in relatively fewer low-and middle-income countries, and much less in sub-Saharan Africa despite the longstanding recognition of significant current and future health risk to people attributed by tobacco use in this region. This article fills this gap by estimating the economic cost of tobacco use in Uganda, a low-income country in sub-Saharan Africa. This study estimates the economic cost of tobacco use in Uganda using the cost-of-illnesses approach based on data collected from a survey of patients and caregivers in four major service centers in Mulago National Referral Hospital, namely, Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda Heart Institute, Chest Clinic and Diabetic Clinic, key informant interviews and secondary sources for the year 2014...
May 22, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531288/an-evaluation-of-systemic-reforms-of-public-hospitals-the-sanming-model-in-china
#10
Hongqiao Fu, Ling Li, Mingqiang Li, Chunyu Yang, William Hsiao
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have been searching for effective strategies to reform their inefficient and wasteful public hospitals. Recently, China developed a model of systemic reforms called the Sanming model to address the inefficiency and waste at public hospitals. In this article, we explain and evaluate how the Sanming model reformed its 22 public hospitals in 2013 by simultaneously restructuring the hospital governance structure, altering the payment system to hospitals, and realigning physicians' incentives...
May 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520949/socio-economic-inequalities-in-access-to-maternal-and-child-healthcare-in-nigeria-changes-over-time-and-decomposition-analysis
#11
Oludamilola Adeyanju, Sandy Tubeuf, Tim Ensor
This article examines socioeconomic inequalities in maternal and child health care in Nigeria over an 18-year period. Studies demonstrate that maternal and child mortality is much higher amongst the poor in low-income countries, with access to health care concentrated among the wealthiest. Evidence suggests that in Nigeria inequalities in access to quality services continue to persist. We use data from two rounds of the Nigerian Demographic and Heath Survey (NDHS) conducted in 1990 and 2008 and measure inequalities in maternal and child health care variables across socioeconomic status using concentration curves and indices...
May 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520961/building-a-middle-range-theory-of-free-public-healthcare-seeking-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-realist-review
#12
Emilie Robert, Oumar Mallé Samb, Bruno Marchal, Valéry Ridde
Realist reviews are a new form of knowledge synthesis aimed at providing middle-range theories (MRTs) that specify how interventions work, for which populations, and under what circumstances. This approach opens the 'black box' of an intervention by showing how it triggers mechanisms in specific contexts to produce outcomes. We conducted a realist review of health user fee exemption policies (UFEPs) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This article presents how we developed both the intervention theory (IT) of UFEPs and a MRT of free public healthcare seeking in SSA, building on Sen's capability approach...
May 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481996/drivers-of-health-system-strengthening-learning-from-implementation-of-maternal-and-child-health-programmes-in-mozambique-nepal-and-rwanda
#13
Fiona Samuels, Ana B Amaya, Dina Balabanova
There is a growing understanding that strong health systems are crucial to sustain progress. Health systems, however, are complex and much of their success depends on factors operating at different levels and outside the health system, including broader governance and political commitment to health and social development priorities. Recognizing these complexities, this article offers a pragmatic approach to exploring the drivers of progress in maternal and child health in Mozambique, Nepal and Rwanda. To do this, the article builds on a semi-systematic literature review and case study findings, designed and analysed using a multi-level framework...
May 7, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475754/a-cluster-randomized-evaluation-of-an-intervention-to-increase-skilled-birth-attendant-utilization-in-mid-and-far-western-nepal
#14
Bishnu P Choulagai, Sharad Onta, Narayan Subedi, Dharma N Bhatta, Binjwala Shrestha, Max Petzold, Alexandra Krettek
Skilled birth attendant (SBA) utilization is low in remote and rural areas of Nepal. We designed and implemented an evaluation to assess the effectiveness of a five-component intervention that addressed previously identified barriers to SBA services in mid- and far-western Nepal. We randomly and equally allocated 36 village development committees with low SBA utilization among 1-year intervention and control groups. The eligible participants for the survey were women that had delivered a baby within the past 12 months preceding the survey...
May 4, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472460/did-contracting-effect-the-use-of-primary-health-care-units-in-pakistan
#15
Muhammad Ashar Malik, Ellen Van de Poel, Eddy Van Doorslaer
For many years, Pakistan has had a wide network of Basic Health Units spread across the country, but their utilization by the population in rural and peri-urban areas has remained low. As of 2004, in an attempt to improve the utilization and performance of these public primary healthcare facilities, the government has gradually started contracting-in intergovernmental organizations to manage these BHUs. Using five nationally representative household surveys conducted between 2001 and 2012, and exploiting the gradual roll-out of this reform to apply a difference-in-difference approach, we evaluate its impact on BHU utilization...
May 3, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444197/understanding-the-linkages-between-social-safety-nets-and-childhood-violence-a-review-of-the-evidence-from-low-and-middle-income-countries
#16
Amber Peterman, Anastasia Naomi Neijhoft, Sarah Cook, Tia M Palermo
As many as one billion children experience violence every year, and household- and community-level poverty are among the risk factors for child protection violations. Social safety nets (SSNs) are a main policy tool to address poverty and vulnerability, and there is substantial evidence demonstrating positive effects on children's health and human capital. This paper reviews evidence and develops a framework to understand linkages between non-contributory SSNs and the experience of childhood emotional, physical and sexual violence in low- and middle-income countries...
April 22, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444184/can-school-based-distribution-be-used-to-maintain-coverage-of-long-lasting-insecticide-treated-bed-nets-evidence-from-a-large-scale-programme-in-southern-tanzania
#17
Logan Stuck, Angelina Lutambi, Frank Chacky, Paul Schaettle, Karen Kramer, Renata Mandike, Rose Nathan, Joshua Yukich
Many sub-Saharan African countries have achieved substantial gains in insecticide treated bednet coverage since 2005. The Tanzania National Malaria Control Programme identified school-based net distribution as one potential 'keep-up' strategy for the purpose of maintaining long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) coverage after a nationwide mass campaign in 2011. The School Net Programme (SNP) was implemented in three regions of southern Tanzania and distributed one LLIN to each enrolled child attending schools in primary grades (standards) 1, 3, 5 and 7, and secondary grades (forms) 2 and 4 in 2013 and again with slightly modified eligibility criteria in 2014 and 2015...
April 22, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431108/investments-in-children-s-health-and-the-kenyan-cash-transfer-for-orphans-and-vulnerable-children-evidence-from-an-unconditional-cash-transfer-scheme
#18
Carolyn Huang, Kavita Singh, Sudhanshu Handa, Carolyn Halpern, Audrey Pettifor, Harsha Thirumurthy
Child mortality is one of the most pressing global health and policy issues in the developing world. The leading drivers of death-pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria-are preventable and treatable. However, these illnesses are exacerbated by a lack of accessible nutrition, water, basic and preventive health services, and sanitary living conditions-all factors which are more likely to disproportionately impact the poor. We examine whether Kenya's largest social protection impacts children's incidence of upper respiratory illness...
April 18, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430978/culture-matters-indigenizing-patient-safety-in-bhutan
#19
Rinchen Pelzang, Megan-Jane Johnstone, Alison M Hutchinson
Studies show that if quality of healthcare in a country is to be achieved, due consideration must be given to the importance of the core cultural values as a critical factor in improving patient safety outcomes. The influence of Bhutan's traditional (core) cultural values on the attitudes and behaviours of healthcare professionals regarding patient care are not known. This study aimed to explore the possible influence of Bhutan's traditional cultural values on staff attitudes towards patient safety and quality care...
April 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419286/horizontal-inequity-in-outpatient-care-use-and-untreated-morbidity-evidence-from-nationwide-surveys-in-india-between-1995-and-2014
#20
Anamika Pandey, George B Ploubidis, Lynda Clarke, Lalit Dandona
Equity in healthcare has been a long-term guiding principle of health policy in India. We estimate the change in horizontal inequities in healthcare use over two decades comparing the older population (60 years or more) with the younger population (under 60 years). We used data from the nationwide healthcare surveys conducted in India by the National Sample Survey Organization in 1995-96 and 2014 with sample sizes 633 405 and 335 499, respectively. Bivariate and multivariate logit regression analyses were used to study the socioeconomic differentials in self-reported morbidity (SRM), outpatient care and untreated morbidity...
April 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
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