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.

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Bangladesh Initiative to Enhance Nutrition Security and Governance (BIeNGS)

Despite significant improvements over the last two decades in poverty reduction and human development, the ultra-poor constitute 17.6% of the Bangladeshi population (HIES 2010) and the country continues to experience a high burden of undernutrition (stunting 36%, wasting 14%, underweight 33%) in...

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Getting to Zero – A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline

In 2014, a 28-year old British doctor found himself co-running the Ebola isolation unit in Sierra Leone’s main hospital after the doctor in charge had been killed by the virus. Completely overwhelmed and wrapped in stifling protective suits, he and his team took it in turns to provide care to...

1 March 2019

Report

Mobile Phones, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Ghana: Qualitative Midline Study Report, External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia

Study Report

This midline report presents the findings of the second round of qualitative data collection conducted in March 2018. Data collection was carried out by Participatory Development Associates (PDA) in close coordination with the IDS qualitative team led by Dr Inka Barnett. The qualitative midline...

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Inka Barnett & 4 others

1 February 2019

Report

Ghana Mixed Methods Baseline Report, External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia

This report summarises and integrates the key findings from the initial data collection round of each evaluation component carried out between October 2016 and January 2017. This report takes a theory-based approach and makes explicit use of the mNutrition theory of change (ToC) to structure...

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Inka Barnett & 10 others

1 February 2019

Report

Tanzania Mixed Methods Baseline Report, External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia

This report summarises and integrates the key findings from the initial data collection round of each evaluation component carried out between October 2016 and January 2017. This report takes a theory-based approach and makes explicit use of the mNutrition theory of change (ToC) to structure...

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Inka Barnett & 9 others

1 February 2019

News

IDS to take up role in new Global Challenges Research Fund hubs

IDS researchers and knowledge professionals will be working with partners in four of the 12 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Research Hubs announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and UKRI.  Over the next five years they will contribute to efforts to...

22 January 2019