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Publications

Filtering by Category: 2008

Women’s Perceptions Of ANC And Delivery Care Services, A Community Perspective

Future Health Systems

To reduce maternal morbidity, mortality and improve neonatal health, government has focused on improving access and supply of maternal health services. Despite these efforts, maternal morbidity and mortality remain a major public health problem in Uganda. This study explores the factors and challenges experienced in utilizing ANC and choosing a delivery place in order to inform the implementation of a proposed intervention aimed at improving access to maternal delivery services.
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Determinants of Skilled Birth Attendant Utilization in Afghanistan: A Cross-Sectional Study

Future Health Systems

This article seeks to identify characteristics associated with use of skilled birth attendants where health services exist in Afghanistan. It is based on a cross-sectional study in all 33 provinces in 2004.
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Determinants of primary care service quality in Afghanistan

Future Health Systems

This article identifies factors associated with service quality provided by agencies implementing a basic package of health services in Afghanistan and is based on a cross-sectional survey of outpatient health facilities, health workers, patients and caretakers.
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Client perceptions of the quality of primary care services in Afghanistan

Future Health Systems

This article identifies factors associated with client perceptions of the quality of primary care services in Afghanistan through a cross-sectional survey of outpatient health facilities, health workers, patients and caretakers.
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WP3 - Financial protection in health in rural China, 1978-2005: Trends and current status

Future Health Systems

In this paper, we focus on financial protection in rural China, where 745 million–57% of the Chinese people–reside (National Bureau of Statistics of China, 2006). First, we illustrate the degree of financial protection that rural residents have after a series of reforms and changes since 1978. Then we review the current rural health insurance reforms as well as the results from the pilot programs. We conclude with recommendations for future policies and programs.
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FHS Nigeria Policy Brief 1 - Malaria Treatment in Nigeria: The Role of Patent Medicine Vendors

Future Health Systems

A team from Ibadan University undertook a scoping study in 12 local government areas (LGAs) in three states to explore the malaria treatment market and the role of PMVs, and to look at ways to improve malaria treatment.
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Improving maternal health – lessons from the basic health services project in China

Future Health Systems

China’s rural health system has experienced major problems in adapting to the emerging market economy. The central government has recognised that it needs to take action to ensure more equitable access to services. This policy briefing paper summarises lessons from a ten year project that piloted strategies for addressing these problems in 97 poor counties, home to 46.78 million people.
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FHS Bangladesh Research Brief 1 - Health Seeking Behaviour in Chakaria

Future Health Systems

This research brief focuses on the health-seeking behaviour of the people in Chakaria, a rural area in Bangladesh. Information was collected from 1,000 households during February 2007 on the type of illnesses the villagers suffered from during the two weeks preceding the survey and their associated health seeking behavior
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New therapeutic landscapes in Africa: Parental categories and practices in seeking infant health in the Republic of Guinea

Future Health Systems

In considering African health care practice, it is usual to draw strong distinctions between biomedical and traditional practices, and between public and private health institutions. Whilst distinctions between traditional and biomedical, and between public and private medicine make sense from the vantage point of health professionals, we question how far these distinctions are pertinent in shaping health-seeking behaviour given experience of them. This paper argues that other distinctions are becoming far more important to African therapeutic landscapes to the ways that people evaluate the salience of different health providers to their problems.
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Markets, information asymmetry and health care: Towards new social contracts

Future Health Systems

This paper explores the implications of the increasing role of informal as well as formal markets in the health systems of many low and middle-income countries. It focuses on institutional arrangements for making the benefits of expert medical knowledge widely available in the face of the information asymmetries that characterise health care.
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Exploring evidence-policy linkages in health research plans: A case study from six countries

Future Health Systems

Three key activities were undertaken by FHS during the initial phase of this five-year project. First, key considerations in strengthening evidence-policy linkages in health system research were developed by FHS researchers through workshops and electronic communications. Four key considerations in strengthening evidence-policy linkages are postulated: development context; research characteristics; decision-making processes; and stakeholder engagement. Second, these four considerations were applied to research proposals in each of the six countries to highlight features in the research plans that potentially strengthen the research-policy interface and opportunities for improvement. Finally, the utility of the approach for setting research priorities in health policy and systems research was reflected upon.
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Does service accessibility reduce socio-economic differentials in maternity care seeking? Evidence from rural Bangladesh

Future Health Systems

The specific objectives of this research are to examine the socioeconomic differentials of maternity care seeking, and to determine whether accessibility of health services reduces the socioeconomic differentials in maternity care seeking.
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Regulating Health Care Markets in China and India

Future Health Systems

Using the examples of front-line health providers and health insurance, this paper discusses how China and India's different approaches have emerged from their own historical and political contexts and have led to different ways to address the main regulatory questions concerning quality of care, value for money, social agreement, and accountability.
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