Timor-Leste Recognized as Most Improved Nation in Health SDGs

Learn what steps Timor-Leste and its partners took to be rated as the most improved of 188 nations in the health-related Sustainable Development Goals index for the period 2000-2015.

Child Nutrition Beyond the 1,000-Day Window of Opportunity

This Universal Children’s Day, we encourage the global development community to think strategically, creatively, and inclusively in addressing nutrition before and after the 1,000-day window.

How to Use Data to Solve Social Problems and Drive Decisions: 4 Takeaways from Data for Good Exchange 2016

It’s been a couple hundred years since Dr. Snow plotted cholera deaths on a simple map; one of the earliest examples of data visualization and epidemiology. But using maps, geo-spatial data and geographic information system data is trendier than ever. Think: satellites, drones, smart phones. These powerful technologies offer billions of pixels worth of data that many industries have only just tapped into as a resource.

Derek Kunaka: On Strengthening Health Systems to Meet SDGs

We have a learning model at MEval-SIFSA where we’ve itemised what defines a health system as “functioning.” For us, a strong, functioning system is one that takes you through the entire data management process and evaluates how the data is gathered, interpreted and analysed. But most importantly, a functioning system uses data to maximise a health programme’s impact and improve health outcomes.

Building a Community of Supply Chain Professionals

Around the world, immature immunization and health supply chains continue to inhibit availability of a variety of health commodities—including vaccines, nutrition products, reproductive health supplies, and general medicines—required to meet the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. Public health supply chain leader and manager capacity must be strengthened if this situation is to improve.

Using Multi-Sectoral Programming to Strengthen Malnutrition Prevention efforts in Africa

Ella Jaiblai, Essential Nutrition Actions advisor for the LAUNCH project in Liberia, reports from the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSN) Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) Workshop last January in Accra, Ghana.

Call for Papers: Neglected Populations – Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health

In order to address the need to reduce inequalities and showcase necessary measurement improvements to uncover them, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is partnering for the fourth time with PLOS for a new MHTF-PLOS collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing inequalities and improving measurement in maternal health.” The MHTF’s overarching goal for our collections is to promote and facilitate the wide dissemination of new evidence on this critical topic, highlighting in particular the work of maternal health researchers in low-resource settings.

Global Financing Facility: Advancing Smartly Means Keeping an Eye on Family Planning Products and the Supply Chains that Deliver Them

Alexis Heaton and Leslie Patykewich explain the critical role that strong supply chains play in ensuring we meet our commitments to women in need of reproductive health services.