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Gerry Bloom - Research Fellow

Health and Nutrition; Digital and Technology
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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.

Since the publication of the 2004 World Development Report a range of different attempts have been made to make the design, prioritisation and delivery of health services more accountable to different stakeholders. However, complex politics and power dynamics can limit or skew people's abilities to access services or hold them to account, particularly for poor and marginalized people.

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Four year initiative that will seek to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC DFID Strategic Partnership.

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The project looks at the changing role of state and non-government actors in providing social services in China’s rapidly evolving welfare regime, and aims to promote mutual learning between officials and researchers in China and the UK. Despite historical, social and institutional differences, there is a degree of similarity in strategies emerging.

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The Unequal Voices project - Vozes Desiguais in Portuguese - examines the politics of accountability in health systems in Brazil and Mozambique, exploring how accountability can be used to deliver better health services for citizens everywhere.

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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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This project examines the impact of the rise of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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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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The next World Social Science Report due to be published in 2016 will focus on the critical contemporary issues of inequalities and justice.

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

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This is the front cover to IDS Health Briefing 1, 'Tackling Antibiotic Resistance'.

Tackling Antibiotic Resistance

Health Briefing 1 (2017)

In today’s world, drug resistant infections travel and spread as quickly as planes do. Therefore it is in the UK’s interest to tackle AMR and to help other countries to do the same. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Strengthening Accountability for Health Equity at the Institute of Development Studies

‘Accountability for Health Equity’ is an approach that places relationships of power at the centre of our understanding of how health systems function – or don’t – for all levels of society. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Antimicrobial Resistance and Universal Health Coverage

The WHO launched a Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 2015, with AMR being declared a global crisis by world leaders in the G7, G20 and the UN General Assembly. World leaders have also adopted universal health coverage (UHC) as a key target under the sustainable development goals. This paper argues that neither initiative is likely to succeed in isolation from the other and that the policy goals should be to both provide access to appropriate antimicrobial treatment and reduce the risk of the emergence and spread of resistance by taking a systems approach. More details

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

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre; Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development; Future Health Systems; Rising Powers in International Development; STEPS.

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