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Hilary Standing - Research Fellow

Knowledge Technology and Society
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Thematic Expertise:
Gender; Health; Science and Society; Sexuality.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa; China.

Hilary is a social anthropologist specialising in health systems development and reproductive and sexual health, with extensive experience of policy engagement on issues of gender and health sector reform and women's reproductive and sexual health, and thirty years experience of work on gender and health.

Interests include household level and gender aspects of health, formal and informal care systems, gender and equity in health, the management of organisational change in health sector restructuring and improving accountability within health systems.

Hilary is Director of the Realising Rights RPC which focuses on improving sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries. She is a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at BRAC University, Bangladesh and has worked extensively in South Asia.

She has worked extensively in rural and urban South Asia and convenes the international Gender and Health Equity Network.

Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor.

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This is the cover to IDS Working Paper 443, 'Engaging with Health Markets in Low and Middle-Income Countries'.

Engaging with Health Markets in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Many low and middle-income countries have pluralistic health systems with a variety of providers of health-related goods and services in terms of their level of training, their ownership (public or private) and their relationship with the regulatory system. More details

Front cover of Bulletin 39.3, Unsafe Abortion: A Development Issue

Unsafe Abortion: A Development Issue

Abortion has become an ever more controversial issue, provoking strong reactions both 'for' and 'against'. Language used in disputes over whether or not women should have access to safe and legal abortion indicates just how polarised debates have become: pro-choice versus pro-life; pro-abortion versus anti-choice. As the anti-abortion agenda has become coupled with other conservative agendas, such as pro-abstinence, pro-chastity and anti-contraception, an increasingly assertive movement has evolved. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Markets, Information Asymmetry and Health Care: Towards New Social Contracts

This paper explores the implications of the increasing role of informal as well as formal markets in the health systems of many low and middle-income countries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Producing effective knowledge agents in a pluralistic environment: What future for community health workers?

This paper is concerned with how poor populations can obtain access to trusted, competent knowledge and services in increasingly pluralistic health systems where unregulated markets for health knowledge and services dominate. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Health in a Dynamic World

This paper argues that we are approaching a major turning point in the organisation of national and global health systems. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Understanding the 'Demand Side' in Service Delivery

Demand side approaches are currently high on the pro-poor agenda. This paper examines the different understandings of 'demand side' in various literatures, in operational and policy perspectives and in international agencies. More details

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Towards Equitable Financing Strategies for Reproductive Health

This paper examines the impact of different financing regimes on the delivery of reproductive health services in low and middle-income countries. Financing is an important entry point for examining the impact of health sector reforms on reproductive health. More details

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Pluralism and Marketisation in the Health Sector: Meeting Health Needs in Contexts of Social Change in Low and Middle Income Countries

This paper is part of a broader attempt to identify the key producers of social goods and how social policy interventions can support them. More details

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