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Health

Through multidisciplinary research and policy engagement we bring new understanding and action on critical issues around health and health systems, and how they overlap with other systems such as food, as well as nutrition, sanitation, epidemics and zoonotic diseases.  Enhancing understanding of how to ensure healthy lives for all is a vital part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and has been an integral focus of IDS’ work since its inception.

Our research and analysis on innovations in health services and systems – including work on identifying effective strategies to address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance – is accelerating progress towards achieving universal health coverage in Asia and Africa. Our work on nutrition spans the spectrum from dietary transition and globalisation of food systems, through to responding to the ways that marginalisation and inequity drive high child malnutrition rates.  We bring vital social knowledge to aid effective preparedness and response on pandemics. We show how direct impacts on the spread of diseases such as Ebola can be achieved by bringing learning from research on social issues and contexts to the right people in the right organisations at the right time.  Together with our global partners, we are generating and sharing new knowledge and evidence to identify the underlying causes of poor health and social inequalities, and the progressive policies and practices that can help bring about transformative change.

People

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Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

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Nicholas Nisbett

Cluster Leader Research Fellow

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Tom Barker

Senior Health & Nutrition Convenor

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Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Linda Waldman

Director of Teaching and Learning

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Inka Barnett

Research Fellow

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Publication

Finding Support in Family: the Story of Madeline

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme on Madeline and her family. The CLM programme in Haiti provides opportunities for women to set up small businesses or other economic activities, become members of savings and lending groups, receive...

19 November 2019

Publication

Starting a New Life: the Story of Jenniflore

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) programme – a graduation programme in Haiti – on Jenniflore and her family. Tackling poverty is crucial for improving early childhood development; in Haiti, this presents an enormous challenge as more than half of the...

19 November 2019

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Standing Strong Together: the Story of Fabienne

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme on Fabienne and her family. It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. In Haiti, this...

19 November 2019

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Being Apart, Working Together: the Story of Guerlande

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò graduation programme on Guerlande and her family. It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Tackling poverty is...

19 November 2019

Publication

Finding Her Own Way: the Story of Samantha

IDS Case Study;2019

It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Tackling poverty is therefore crucial for improving ECD. In Haiti, this presents an enormous challenge as more than half of the...

19 November 2019

Publication

Juggling Work and Care: the story of Angeline

IDS Case Study;2019

The Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme in Haiti provides opportunities for women to set up small businesses or other economic activities, become members of savings and lending groups, receive training and advice on health and sanitation, and receive materials for improving their homes....

19 November 2019

Brief

Key Considerations: Cross-Border Dynamics Between South Sudan and DRC

This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces. In light of the DRC outbreak, South Sudan began preparedness activities in...

Naomi Pendle & 3 others

11 November 2019

Journal

The Political Economy of Food

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems;2019

Any analysis of food systems needs to include power as an aspect of political economy, in order to understand how power relations develop over time and how they affect different food system actors. This issue of the IDS Bulletin examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and...

23 October 2019

News

National conference to discuss future of farm workers in South Africa

A major conference will bring together farm workers, academics, activists, farmers and government officials to discuss how to tackle the persistent problem of hunger amongst farmworkers in South Africa.  The conference is being hosted by IDS Research Fellow and South Africa-UK Bilateral...

14 October 2019

Opinion

Notes from the field: Uganda: Life histories and ethnographic research

The Uganda team for the Pandemic Preparedness project have also begun their fieldwork stage with some exciting developments in their work. The team have begun researching the study site and finding people to participate in the study and seeking their consent. The fieldwork area is a mountainous...

Grace Akello & 3 others

30 September 2019

Opinion

Notes from the field: Sierra Leone: working with chiefs and the community

The Pandemic Preparedness project has begun the fieldwork stage with some important developments in our work, starting with building key relationships in the community. This begins with the chiefs. Chiefs make up the bottom level of government in provincial Sierra Leone. Each chiefdom...

Paul Richards & 3 others

30 September 2019