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Links to PEAH latest publications



AFEW-Tajikistan Has Unique HIV Rapid Testing Point in the Country

by Olesya Kravchuk, Communications Officer at AFEW (AIDS Foundation East-West) International

Tajikistan is among the countries where HIV prevalence has increased by more than 25% over the last 10 years. In Tajikistan the number of sterile needles and other commodities for people who inject drugs per year is still very low. AFEW-Tajikistan is the only NGO in the country that has HIV voluntary counselling and rapid testing


Public-private Partnership Paradox: the Case of Gavi and Health System Strengthening

by Renée de Jong, Junior Global Health Advocate at Wemos Foundation

The WHO model for Health System Strengthening (HSS) includes improving its six health system building blocks and managing their interactions in ways that achieve more equitable and sustained improvements across health services and health outcomes.... It appears that Gavi maintains a very different interpretation of HSS....vhere the interconnectedness between the building blocks is hardly taken into account


Inclusive Communication as a Mechanism to Improve Equity of Access in Health Systems

by Alex Henriquez Research Analyst at Healthcare Improvement Scotland / Scottish Health Council

 A really equitable health system is that that ensures that people with special needs also have fair access to healthcare. This is especially relevant for people with communication needs, who may experience more barriers of access to healthcare services. Inclusive communication is an approach to communication in which information and its understanding are made accessible to everyone

DSCN0524 Creating and Maintaining Fair, Trustworthy and Sustainable Research Collaborations

by Lauranne Botti, Manager and Carel Ijsselmuiden, Executive Director COHRED’s Research Fairness Initiative (RFI), The Council on Health Research for Development-COHRED Group Geneva, Switzerland

 The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) responds to the increasing understanding of the importance of partnerships and SDG 17 by ensuring that institutions around the world can have access to an evidence-base on how to create and maintain fair, trustworthy and equitable partnerships in research and innovation

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From Animosity to Murder: the Spectrum of Workplace Violence against Physicians

by Lawrence C. Loh, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Director of Programs at The 53rd Week Ltd

 The observed increase in violence against physicians is a clear trend, supplemented by no end of anecdotal stories of physician disrespect; spitting, verbal, and physical assault, online harassment. Many of these would be criminal if done against a transit operator, but such behaviour seems to be increasingly tacitly accepted as part of a doctor’s craft

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Taking a Pill: Not So Counted On in South Africa

by Pietro Dionisio, EU health project manager at Medea SRL, Florence, Italy. Degree in Political Science, International Relations Cesare Alfieri School, University of Florence, Italy

 Despite noteworthy improvements in its public health system, South Africa is still facing huge problems in fighting diseases such as TB  and HIV/AIDS. Among several reasons, the poor patient adherence to medical prescription stands out.  Though the Government is trying to address the issue, the desirable results still lag behind. Future years look brighter than today’s, but additional efforts are required to pull the final goal off


Substantive Work of WHO, particularly in  Relation to Health Systems Development, Should Counter the Privatization Agenda, but Does It?

by Claudio Schuftan, People’s Health Movement – PHM

 Donor countries (the US in particular) continue to push WHO towards working with industry through ‘multistakeholder partnerships’, rather than giving WHO the chance to implement regulatory and fiscal strategies that could make a real difference. (David Legge) Moreover, bilateral donors (and big philanthropies) demand WHO provides data according to their particular interests. Therefore, the types of data produced by WHO (and other UN agencies) are greatly influenced by a donor mandate that goes beyond the simple compilation of country-reported statistics


Do the Credit Policies of the WB, IMF & EC Damage Health?

by  Daniele Dionisio, PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health

article originally published in International Health Policies

Despite recent positive rhetoric by the IMF, WB and the EC to reform conditionality policies, a gap persists between the declared intentions and the general practice. It is time for the three institutions to turn the rhetoric into reality


Brexit can be Hazardous to our Health

by Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University, UK researchers and professionals are (or should be) asking how Brexit will, and could, affect public health.  Among the questions, informed by a political economy perspective on health and its social determinants, five stand out.One needs to remind oneself that the last word in Albert Camus’ famous essay about suicide is ‘hope’.  But it is hard to sustain in these times


Could HIV be the Youngest Disease to be Eliminated? The Experience of Ethiopia

by Taye Tolera Balcha, MD, MPH, PhD, Director General, Armauer Hansen Institute (AHRI)

 Excellent partnership between the government, key stakeholders, and the community has helped Ethiopia rise to the tectonic challenge of HIV. Since 1990, more than 90% reduction in new HIV infection has been recorded. Survival of HIV-positive individuals has substantially improved. At present, about 70% of HIV-positive people in the country know their status and 65% are on treatment


Kenya in a Bad Shape about Open Defecation Free Goal

by Pietro Dionisio, Degree in Political Science, International Relations Cesare Alfieri School, University of Florence, Italy

 Even though the national law establishes the right to “reasonable standards of sanitation”, some Kenyan people are denied them. Especially in rural areas, the worst-off people face poor living conditions due to open defecation. The Government is implementing a four year strategy to fight against this scourge, but corruption, misappropriation and mismanagement risk to frustrate the efforts