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Hilary Standing

Emeritus Fellow

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.

Connections and expertise

Member of
Emeritus Fellows
Research themes of interest
Health Inequalities and Poverty Sustainability
Geographical expertise
Bangladesh India

Hilary Standing’s recent work

Working Paper

Engaging with Health Markets in Low and Middle-Income Countries

IDS Working Paper;443

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.

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Henry Lucas & 3 others

6 May 2014

Journal Article

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...

1 July 2008

Journal Article

Future Health Systems: Why Future? Why Now?


The purpose of this Special Issue is to stimulate innovative thinking about health system development in low-income and transition countries. We believe that informed and engaged debate about this topic is greatly needed because we are approaching a period of major change in global health...

1 January 2008