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.

Programmes and centres

Programme

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

Together with partners around the world, we strive to ensure Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) goes to scale with quality and in a sustainable and inclusive manner.

Projects

Project

Transform Nutrition West Africa

Transform Nutrition West Africa is a  regional  platform  to  enable  effective  policy  and  programmatic  action  on  nutrition. The  problem Despite  limited  progress  to  date,  we  now  see  a  growing  political  commitment  to  address  the  high  rates ...

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Opinion

Pro-life or pro-choice? Pro-rights

With the recent passing of an abortion bill in the state of Ohio’s House of Representatives, and the imposition of the Global Gag Rule in 2017 which stopped funding for services providing abortion advice and care overseas, the US is undermining women’s rights both at home and abroad. Debates...

5 December 2018

Opinion

An SDG focus and implications for One Health research

Zoonotic diseases, those passed from animals to people, are distinguished from many others not only by their transmission route but also by virtue of the multi-faceted policy challenges they represent. Diseases might originate from one species (and sector) and affect another, and they might...

5 November 2018

Opinion

Ways forward for rural sanitation in Africa

The CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS has had a busy year! We have hosted and facilitated two regional rural sanitation workshops in Africa. The first held in Tanzania brought together sanitation experts from eight countries across East and Southern Africa, the second in Senegal brought together those...

22 October 2018