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​Creating and sustaining health research capacity in conflict-affected areas

Conflict-affected areas could greatly benefit from creating and sustaining health research capacity to tackle urgent needs both locally and globally. Yet, these areas are less likely to perform health research or build its capacity. Gemma Bowsher and colleagues conducted a narrative review of health research capacity strengthening in conflict-affected areas to highlight the barriers but also the good practices that this vital practice faces. Read more>>

17/05/2019 15:25

​WHO Guideline: recommendations on digital interventions for health system strengthening

The first digital health guideline from the World Health Organisation presents recommendations for digital health interventions based on critical evidence evaluations of their contribution to the improvement of health systems. These evaluations cover assessment of the benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibly, resource use and equity considerations. Importantly, the guideline also urges to recognize that digital health interventions are not a substitute for health systems but a complement. Read more>>

24/04/2019 08:28

Assessing the measurement tools of quality to improve maternal and newborn care ​

While there has been a marked increase globally in skilled birth attendance and institutional deliveries, only a few countries met their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing the maternal mortality ratio and infant mortality rate. The quality of maternity services including antenatal and postnatal care that determine the extent of preventable maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality remain poor in many country settings, where preventable birth injury and death occur in spite of skilled attendance and facility-based deliveries.  Effective measurement of quality of care for the basis of improving services. A recent study assessed the efficacy of large-scale facility assessment tools to measure quality of maternal and newborn care. Read more>>

15/04/2019 12:14
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