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The IMF, the global crisis and human resources for health : still constraining policy space

February 2010

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This report "...examines evidence from nine IMF country programmes, chosen based on their HIV prevalence rates, and finds that although the IMF has changed its tune and is talking about greater flexibility, these changes are not enough and are only temporary. "In 2006, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that 57 countries were facing a severe health workforce crisis.... Addressing this shortage, and action alongside it to strengthen health systems around the world, requires substantial, concerted effort from both aid donors and recipient governments. The current global downturn threatens to undermine steps taken in this direction so far and jeopardise progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals. "...the IMF has adapted its rhetoric so that it now claims its programmes are more flexible on fiscal and monetary policies, which determine to what extent governments can maintain or increase spending - including of foreign aid - and stimulate economic activity"

Neglected tropical diseases : hidden successes, emerging opportunities

World Health Organization [WHO]

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This report looks at neglected tropical diseases. These diseases particularly affect poor and disadvantaged people with limited access to health services and have a low profile and status in public health priorities. Despite the challenges involved, some progress has been made through interventions around particular diseases in certain countries. This report highlights some of those successes

Neurological disorders public health challenges

World Health Organization (WHO)

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This report examines the WHO's Global Initiative on Neurology and Public Health, which aims to raise professional and public awareness of the frequency, severity and cost of neurological disorders and to emphasise the need to provide neurological care at all levels including primary health care. The initiative has revealed the limited information available on the burden of neurological disorders and a lack of policies, programmes and resources for their management. The report also documents an international survey of country resources for neurological disorders undertaken in 109 countries in collaboration international NGOs; and it aims to inform governments, public health institutions, NGOs and others so as to help formulate public health policies directed at neurological disorders and to guide informed advocacy. It addresses the most important public health aspects of the following neurological disorders: dementia, epilepsy, headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuroinfections, neurological disorders associated with malnutrition, pain associated with neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injuries

The new public/private mix in health : exploring the changing landscape


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This book, aimed at researchers and policy-makers in developing countries, explores strategies which may be used to develop and implement the regulation of private health care provision.
The book is divided into four sections, with examples drawn from Africa, Latin America and Asia and dealing with: regulation of private health providers; contribution of private providers to public health goals; public/private mix in health insurance; and quality and affordability of care in public and private settings


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