The Health and Nutrition Cluster pursues programmes of research and policy engagement on health systems, nutrition and understandings of zoonotic diseases. The focus is on bringing a critical social science perspective to how people, especially the poor, address their health and nutrition-related needs and on how governments and other groups influence the performance of these sectors.
There are five overall themes that the Health and Nutrition Cluster focuses on:
- Understanding the political economy of health and nutrition (mapping knowledge and narratives; politics and governance; individual capacities and resources
- Engaging with health and nutrition markets in low and middle-income countries
- The politics of regulation, health and nutrition in the new knowledge economy
- Malnutrition and the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases
- Health system responses to major outbreaks and (re)emerging infections.
Across these themes, through research and engagement our work aims to:
- Understand and share how people address their health and nutrition needs in a rapidly changing context
- Identify the range of stakeholders including government, private organisations and civil society with an interest in meeting these needs
- Support different sectors and groups to scale up innovative interventions aimed at substantially increasing availability and access to safe, appropriate and affordable food, nutrition, drugs, health and sanitation services
- Help hold these actors to account for delivery at scale and contributes to mutual learning between countries.