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Publications

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FHS Nigeria Policy Brief 2 - Organizational and regulatory functions of the Nigerian Patent Medicine Vendor’s Association. How can it be used to improve malaria management?

Future Health Systems

A recent study in Nigeria by the Future Heath Systems (FHS) consortium identified patent medicine vendors (PMV) associations as having potential important roles to play in providing information, influencing PMV behaviour and procuring drugs, but the government knows very little about PMVs or their associations. As a way of bridging this gap, a team from the University of Ibadan undertook an exploratory study among the officers of Patent Medicine Vendors Association (PMVA) in Oyo State, Nigeria at the state, zonal and local government area (LGA) levels to explore the organizational and regulatory practices of the association in relation to the management of malaria, using an exploratory research design.
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FHS India Research Brief 2 - A Parallel Health Care market: Rural Medical Practitioners in West Bengal, India

Future Health Systems

Despite a strong infrastructural base of the public health care facilities in many Indian states, the majority of outpatient services, especially in the rural areas, are provided by private health care providers, most of whom practice modern allopathy without any formal training. This research brief attempts to present some recent evidences to help understand the role and relevance of rural medical practitioners (RMPs) in the context of West Bengal's health care system.
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FHS Bangladesh Research Brief 2 - Costs of utilizing healthcare services in Chakaria, a rural area in Bangladesh

Future Health Systems

The large informal private sector in Bangladesh consists of many different types of partially qualified and unqualified practitioners, providing low quality care. Irrespective of their inadequate treatment practices, the informal healthcare practitioners are quite popular among a wide cross-section of the rural population. The perceived costs associated with the different healthcare options are probably important factors determining healthcare seeking behaviour. Thus it is important to examine the economic consequences of their utilisation in Bangladesh.
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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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Franchising and training village doctors in Bangladesh

Future Health Systems

In FHS's first phase, we helped form a network of the village doctors (VDs) named ShasthyaSena (Health Soldiers) in Chakaria, a remote rural area in the southeast of Bangladesh in 2008. The ShasthyaSena intervention was devised as a regulatory strategy using a social franchise model with the aim of improving and influencing the performance of village doctors.
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WP1 - Malaria treatment and policy in three regions in Nigeria: The role of patent medicine vendors

Future Health Systems

This study seeks to better understand the role played by PMVs in the provision of AMDs in Nigeria, and to explore ways to improve the regulation and delivery of AMDs.
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Achieving child survival goals: potential contribution of community health workers

Future Health Systems

There is renewed interest in the potential contribution of community health workers to child survival. Community health workers can undertake various tasks, including case management of childhood illnesses (eg, pneumonia, malaria, and neonatal sepsis) and delivery of preventive interventions such as immunisation, promotion of healthy behaviour, and mobilisation of communities.
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