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Gerry Bloom - Research Fellow

Knowledge Technology and Society
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Sophie Marsden

Thematic Expertise:
BRICS and Rising Powers; Business; Governance; Health; Politics and Power; Science and Society; Social Policy; Social Protection.

Geographic Expertise:
Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Laos; Nigeria; Zimbabwe.

Gerry Bloom is a physician and health economist. His special interest is the management of health system transition in the context of rapid social and economic change. Areas of particular focus include the changing roles of government, health system innovations processes of institutional development.

IDS and AllAfrica have teamed up to produce and distribute compelling multi-media content on critical issues for Africa’s future, as part of a development reporting initiative.

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A Consortium led by Karolinska Institutet strengthening research training capacity at Sub Saharan African universities for health systems and services development. Focusing on doctoral and post doctoral training, institutional strengthening for education and research management.

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China is now the African continent's biggest trading partner, and also involved in a wide range of development cooperation projects including in agriculture, health and social policy. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of China in the field of international development cooperation.

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The Development Studies Learning Partnership under the BRICS Initiative in 2011, enables collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policy-makers.

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

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Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies is a new IDS research initiative that seeks to critically examine the opportunities and challenges that the new generation of ICT innovations pose for poor and vulnerable groups.

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Early this year the Chinese Government announced a major rural health reform policy, which includes a substantial increase in public funding and measures to improve the performance of the providers of health services.

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This project has been designed to examine the scope for mining industry public-private partnerships (PPP) to strengthen health systems and extend health services to underserved populations

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Major illness in the family has become an important cause of household impoverishment in China and the ex-command economies of Southeast Asia, as these countries have managed the transition to a market economy.

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The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development.

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E-health and M-health in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges

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Senior Development Fellowship Report (Rômulo Paes de Sousa)

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Transforming Health Markets in Asia and Africa: Improving Quality and Access for the Poor

This book documents the problems associated with unregulated health markets and presents innovative approaches that have emerged to address them. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Lessons from the Chinese Approach to Health System Development

China is managing major health system reforms against a background of rapid economic and institutional change. In doing so it is developing a learning approach to transition management and institution-building. More details

IDS Practice Paper

A Partnership for Health in China: Reflections on the Partnership between the Government of China, the World Bank and DFID in the China Basic Health Services Project

This practice paper is one of a series, in which development practitioners reflect on their own experiences. Its aim is to contribute to efforts to understand China’s successful management of very rapid change and development. More details

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Health and Social Protection: Experiences from Cambodia, China and Lao

This is a testing time for health policy-makers and researchers in Cambodia, China and Lao PDR. They are experiencing momentous changes to their economic system, social organisation, demography and epidemiological profile. Their health systems are struggling to meet new patterns of need and adapt to rapidly changing contexts. More details

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