Stephen Thompson - Research Officer

Health and Nutrition
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Stephen Thompson is a social scientist with over a decades' experience of working on development issues. His research interests include health, nutrition, disability and education. He has worked for both research institutes and non-government organisations in both Europe and Africa. He has researched and published on blindness and visual impairment, with a particular focus on human resources for health and uncorrected refractive error. His doctoral thesis was on the social and economic impact of visual impairment in Mozambique.

He currently works for the Health & Education Advice & Resource Team (HEART). Based at the Institute of Development Studies, he helps time-pressured decision-makers better understand, interpret and apply health, nutrition and education evidence. As part of a team, he provides the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) with support for the use of evidence and expert advice in policymaking.

Stephen was formally the Project Manager for the Mozambique Eyecare Project. He joined IDS in 2012. As a former African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) Post Graduate Student, Stephen has continued his involvement with AVRI, contributing to good eye health practices on the African continent through sound research and evidence generation that leads to change in policy.

A five-year DFID-funded Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme consortium led by IDS.

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HEART is a consortium of leading organisations in international development, health, nutrition, education, social protection and WASH.

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To achieve its aim of reducing malnutrition in the countries with the highest burden, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is supporting the creation of multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) in multiple SUN member countries. The overall objective of this work is to identify and document information on the institutional configurations for MSPs that are most appropriate for achieving national goals on nutrition in different contexts, and develop tools and resources to disseminate best practices for designing MSPs.

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IDS publications on international development research

Disability in Syria

This rapid review is based on 5 days of desk-based research. It is designed to provide a brief overview of the key issues, and a summary of pertinent evidence found within the time permitted. More details

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School-related Violence

It is recognised that the topic of school-related violence is complex and multifaceted. While this report aims to offer a useful synthesis of the evidence available, as well as relevant case studies and policy recommendations, it only scratches the surface of a very large and pressing global problem. More details

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Barriers to Use of Refractive Services in Mozambique

This article seeks to understand what barriers may limit their uptake by the general population and inform decision making on improved service delivery. More details

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The Development of a Public Optometry System in Mozambique: a Cost Benefit Analysis

BMC Health Services Research (2014)

This paper demonstrates that a programme designed to address the burden of refractive error in Mozambique is economically justifiable in terms of the increased productivity that would result due to its implementation. More details

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HEART Family Planning Topic Guide

This document presents a summary of family planning. It reviews existing literature, examining carefully what the current knowledge is, where the important issues or problems lie and “what works”. It is divided into ten sections More details

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Disability and Development.