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Empowerment Voice and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition (EVA-BHN) Assessment: Executive Summary

EVA-BHN is an £18.86m health voice and accountability programme working at community, district and province level in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) since February 2014. It is part of DFID’s Provincial Health and Nutrition Programme (PHNP) to support delivery of an Essential Health Services Package (EHSP) by the Governments of […]


Support to Sierra Leone Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Programme (SAGE): Scoping and Design Report

SAGE is a DFID supported, integrated programme to improve the lives of adolescent girls, responding to the multiple and interrelated disadvantages they face. It comprises two components: Delivery of integrated services for vulnerable adolescent girls through a safe spaces approach, including enhancing their access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) […]


Emerging issues in tuberculosis

The K4D professional development Reading Packs provide thought-provoking introductions by international experts and highlight the emerging issues and debates within them. They aim to help inform policies that are more resilient to the future. For any enquiries, please contact helpdesk@k4d.info. Key concepts Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that can cause […]


The global challenge of NTDs: The classic interface of poverty, health and development

The K4D professional development Reading Packs provide thought-provoking introductions by international experts and highlight the emerging issues and debates within them. They aim to help inform policies that are more resilient to the future. For any enquiries, please contact helpdesk@k4d.info. Introduction The concept of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) emerged more than […]


Emerging issues in HIV

The K4D professional development Reading Packs provide thought-provoking introductions by international experts and highlight the emerging issues and debates within them. They aim to help inform policies that are more resilient to the future. For any enquiries, please contact helpdesk@k4d.info.  Key concepts HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a viral infection of […]


Empowerment, voice and accountability for better health and nutrition (EVA-BHN) – Independent assessment

This assessment provides an external and critical view of the EVA-BHN programme. It provides learning for improving programme effectiveness over the remaining 16 months, for informing the design of future DFID health programme(s) in Pakistan, and for communicating with stakeholders. The assessment was conducted in October, November, and December 2017 […]


Health financing: UHC, social health protection, technical efficiency and addressing hospital challenges

This series of health financing technical seminars organised by the Oxford Policy Management (OPM) Health team, in partnership with HEART, examined how the globally evolving health financing expertise can translate into advances that national health systems make towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). More specifically, seminars brought together health financing experts from […]


The free healthcare initiative in Sierra Leone: Evaluating a health system reform, 2010‐ 2015

This article presents the findings of a theory‐based evaluation of the Sierra Leone Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI), using mixed methods. Analytical approaches included time‐series analysis of national survey data to examine mortality and morbidity trends, as well as modelling of impact using the Lives Saved Tool and expenditure trend […]


Social Health Protection in low- and middle-income countries: the practical challenges, a brief discussion paper

A seminar organised by Oxford Policy Management in June 2017 brought together practitioners and policy makers to exchange insights on practical challenges for the implementation of social health protection (SHP) programmes, and social health insurance (SHI) in particular. Kicked-off with a presentation of recent experiences from Bangladesh and Pakistan, the […]


Pollution and Poverty

Pure Earth 2017 K4D is facilitating a learning journey on pollution and poverty. This learning journey is designed to raise awareness of the huge impact of pollution across different sectors of international development and to encourage the integration of pollution control solutions into policymaking and programming, in a multidisciplinary approach. […]


Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity. Workshop Report

While ‘accountability’ has become an increasingly popular buzzword in health systems debates and health service delivery, it has multiple – and contested – meanings. From 19-21 July 2017, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) brought together 80-plus activists, researchers, public health practitioners and policy makers to examine critically the forces that shape […]


Independent Evaluation of the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Kenya Programme – Project Overview

The Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Kenya programme supports a range of interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health (MNH) including training of health workers, health systems strengthening, community mobilisation, and demand generation. It is implemented in six counties with different sociodemographic contexts. A formal evaluation has been […]


Public health surveillance

Dr Brian McCloskey CBE is the Director of Global Health Security at Public Health England and a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Chatham House Centre for Global Health Security. In this HEART Talks he introduces the HEART Reading Pack he co-authored on public health surveillance. [embedded content] He explains that […]