Making Data Meaningful: Why Information Design is a Critical Skill for Global Health Professionals

Amanda Makulec calls for global health professionals to build their skills to make data visual, accessible, and meaningful to help drive insight and impact.

Themes from #HSR2014: On networks, information sharing, and promoting action

Last week the Cape Town International Convention Center was filled with almost 2,000 participants from 125 countries talking about health systems. The Symposium theme was the Science and Practice of People-Centered Health Systems, and the dialogue was bigger and broader than the somewhat academic vision that the “Third Global Health Systems Research Symposium” might evoke. … Continue reading “Themes from #HSR2014: On networks, information sharing, and promoting action”

The RHINO Network’s International Forum on Innovative Applications of Mobile Technologies with Routine Health Information Systems

Sharing experiences across projects, organizations, and countries is essential to supporting smart design of new mobile projects, and adaptation of existing platforms.

Health systems strengthening: The dichotomy between HIV and non-HIV services

The recent unprecedented investment in combating the HIV pandemic by United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have led to the debate on whether HIV programs have strengthened or undermined national health systems in developing countries. The debate was continued by health system strengthening (HSS) … Continue reading “Health systems strengthening: The dichotomy between HIV and non-HIV services”

Do HIV Interventions have a Positive Impact on Other Health Programs?

our programs should nonetheless endeavor to gather as much data on other aspects of care as possible and to find time for elaborating and analyzing more health information. This could produce two essential results. First, by doing so we should be able to look at the broader picture of our intervention as far as health care services are concerned. Secondly, we could be more informed and authoritative in documenting our findings, supporting our views, and contributing to the design of future programs.