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Alleviating the burden of responsibility : men as providers of community-based HIV/AIDS care and support in Lesotho

NEWMAN, Constance
September 2009

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This is an overview of a study of men as providers of HIV and AIDS care and support in Lesotho to help address the problems of occupational segregation with regards to human resources for health. Such inequality ..."impedes the development of robust health workforces. In the era of HIV/AIDS, this makes for inequities, inefficiencies and missed opportunities by creating barriers to health workforce entry and limiting the possible pool of formal and nonformal health workers. In Lesotho, as in many other countries, the HIV and AIDS care burden falls on the shoulders of women and girls in unpaid, invisible household and community work. This gender inequity in [human resources for health] needs to be addressed to ensure fair and sustainable responses to the need for home- and community-based HIV/AIDS care and support"

Informal pay and the quality of health care : lessons from Tanzania

September 2007

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This brief draws on a qualitative study among health workers in Tanzania to describe the nature of informal payments that are taking place in the health sector, and their potential impacts on access to and the quality of health care. Particular attention is devoted to the policy implications

Empowering civil society

June 2007

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This booklet looks at the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in global health financing processes. It describes the strengths of these organisations as well as the challenges they are facing at the national and local level. The section also identifies technical support available to help civil society organisations act and participate effectively in the structures and processes of global financing

Developing human resources for health

June 2007

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This booklet ..."describes the dire shortage of human resources (HR) in the health systems of low and middle income countries and the special challenges posed by this crisis. It touches on ways of addressing shortages of qualified staff and gives several examples of how countries can use technical support to build stronger a health workforce"

Corruption and paying for healthcare

Transparency International

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"Every year, the world spends more than US $3.1 trillion on health services. These large flows of funds are an attractive target for abuse. The stakes are high and the resources precious. Growing evidence from around the world indicates that corruption, fraud, and abuse are resulting in significant losses of public money and denial of good quality health services to millions of people"

Making sense of research : developing critical appraisal skills

MURPHY, Colleen
et al

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Critical appraisal is the process of assessing and interpreting evidence by systematically considering its validity, results and relevance. The pointers and tips in this primer should help readers evaluate research and make more informed decisions. The examples are geared mostly to quantitative, clinical research on HIV/AIDS


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