GHM Controversial Issue Brief: Paris and Beyond

Progress towards the application of the internationally agreed development principles (Rome 2003; Paris 2005; Accra 2008, and Busan 2011) continues to be unsatisfactory. After a decade it is time to reflect on how partner development assistance structures could be improved to achieve better development impact, write Diederike Geelhoed and Kirsten Havemann in a GHM Controversial Issue Brief titled, Paris and Beyond, A Critical Look at Development Support to the 
 Health Sector in Mozambique.

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GHM Controversial Issue Brief: New potential for fighting inequality

In a GHM Controversial Issue Brief, Knud Vilby argues, that there is a new potential for fighting inequality in global health research and health assistance, because poor countries are financing a bigger share of their domestic health costs than before and health assistance from international institutional donors has grown considerably. The new situation should give the official assistance a chance to focus on reducing inequality and reaching the most vulnerable, including focusing on better utilisation of already existing research results and neglected problems. There is a momentum for rethinking official aid, if there is a will to do so.

Read the Controversial Issue Brief A new potential for fighting inequality in global health research and health assistance.

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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: Human Trafficking

Dinesh Neupane and Per Kallestrup are authors of the Global Health Minders Emerging Issue Brief: Human Trafficking: An emerging global health problem.

They point out that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time.

Though some efforts are carried out on sex trafficking, little is explored about the health consequences of trafficked men, women and children for exploitation in agriculture, construction, contract cleaning and domestic services.

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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: The Health Worker Crisis

In the GHM Emerging Issue Brief: ‘The Health Worker Crisis: The foundation of any health system is the providers working in it“, Michael Schriver and Per Kallestrup conclude that the health worker crisis is a global problem that requires global cooperation to guide appropriate local responses.

“In 2006, WHO estimated a global shortage of 4,3 million health workers, of which 2,4 million are doctors, nurses or midwives. In 57 countries this shortage is so critical it constrains the delivery of basic health care services. Health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa serve 10% of the world’s population and carry 25% of the global burden of disease. Yet, they only have 1% of the global number of health professionals.”

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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: Improving Health Systems

“A range of major health initiatives in recent years have been hobbled by under-performing national and local health systems in low-, middle- and high-income countries alike. Consequently, researchers, implementers, policy-makers and other stakeholders are coming together in new ways to explore how national and local health systems can be re-engineered to deliver better health outcomes.”

Jeffrey Lazarus has authored the new Global Health Minders Emerging Issue Brief titled Improving Health Systems: Efforts to deliver better health outcomes are everybody’s business.

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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: War&Disaster: Psychological impact of trauma

More than 400 disasters were reported in 2010 – in 1975 there were less than 100. In addition to wars, also vulnarability is growing due to, for example, climate change. Wars and disasters affect millions of people. Many of them develop psychiatric disorders.

Read more about people, trauma and disasters in the latest GHM Emerging Issue Brief: War & Disaster: The Psychological Impact of Trauma written by Sarah Dokkedahl and Ask Elklit

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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: Mental Health

The GHM Emerging Issue Brief titled: The treatment gap for mental disorders in low-income countries by Ole Bæk and Carina Winkler Sørensen points out that the global burden of mental disorders has increased by 5.9% since 1990. It is estimated that unipolar depression will be the third greatest health challenge in low-income countries by 2030. At the same time, 76-85% of people with mental disorders in low-income countries are not receiving any treatment.

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