Looking to Invest in Health? Here’s How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

The economic case is compelling: returns on investment for every child vaccinated are huge. Every $1 spent on vaccines brings a 16-fold return on investment — this climbs to a return of $44 for every $1 spent if we look at all the extended benefits that vaccination brings.

The Time is Now for Improving Routine Health Information Systems

    The crucial role of routine health information systems in improving health service delivery cannot be overstated. As we look to new era of the sustainable development goals, having reliable, routine data will be critical to understanding where gaps in coverage, access, or equity exist and can be improved with the right investments. Across … Continue reading “The Time is Now for Improving Routine Health Information Systems”

Use of Information Technology for Strengthening Community Health Information Systems

  In the post-MDG era, reaching all populations is increasingly recognized as central to achieving sustainable development. Community-based health services will gain prominence as part of countries’ efforts to address health service issues such as equity, inclusiveness, and systematic and broad coverage. As part of these efforts, countries will have to put more attention to … Continue reading “Use of Information Technology for Strengthening Community Health Information Systems”

Helping Health Workers Work with Mobile Money

The HealthKeepers Network (HKN) shows how mobile money has changed the way patients make payments in rural communities.

What We Learned When We Asked #HSR2014 Participants About People-Centered Health Systems

The theme of the Third Global Health Systems Research Symposium was the science and practice of people-centered health systems. But what do we mean when we say “people-centered”? What seems straightforward can actually be quite complex.

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”

Promoting Synergy Between Implementers and Researchers Through Implementation Science

Anne LaFond, Director of the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring, and Evaluation (CHIME), explores the link between research and implementation from the 2014 Health Systems Research Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa.