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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

Programmes and centres

Projects

Project

Mexico – Prosperity Fund Better Health Programme

The Prosperity Fund's Mexico programme aims to reduce poverty, improve gender equality and support inclusive economic development. It also aims to produce greater opportunities for global trade and investment, including between Mexico and the UK. The programme will help increase productivity,...

Recent work

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Working Paper

Coping with the Costs of Severe Illness in Rural China

IDS working papers;58

This paper provides a conceptual framework for understanding how households cope with the costs of severe illness and high medical fees. It presents the findings of a follow-up study of a household health expenditure survey in rural China.

1 January 1997

Publication

Marketizing Education and Health in Developing Countries: Miracle or Mirage?

This book, using evidence from a large number of developing countries, assesses the impact of market reforms on the provision of education and health services and contributes to the debate about privatization. It shows that approaches which seek merely to pass more of their costs to consumers...

1 January 1997

Publication

Rural Health Services in China: Their Relevance for Vietnam

IDS Bulletin 28.1


Vietnam is the country which stands to learn the most by studying developments in health in rural areas of China. In terms of history, culture and recent political and economic reforms, it shares a great deal in common with China, but its reforms have lagged behind, giving it the chance to...

1 January 1997

Publication

A Strategy for Health Sector Reform in Poor Rural China

IDS Bulletin 28.1


China is engaged in a major debate about the future id its heath services. One reason for this is government's recognition that basic preventative and curative health services are an essential component of an anti-poverty strategy for re-establishing effective services in poor rural areas will...

1 January 1997

Journal Article

Primary health care meets the market in China and Vietnam

China and Vietnam developed low cost rural health services between the 1950s and the mid-1970s. These services contributed to substantial improvements in health. Both countries have been liberalising their economies for a number of years. Partly as a result of these changes health facilities...

1 January 1997

Publication

Reproductive Health Financing, Service Availability and Needs in Rural China

IDS Bulletin 28.1


In the last decade, major changes have occurred in the financing of health services in rural China. Simultaneously, major changes have occurred in the organisation and delivery of maternal and child health and family planning services. The effect of these two sets of changes on reproductive...

1 January 1997

Publication

Preventive Health Care Services in Poor Rural Areas of China: Two Case Studies

IDS Bulletin 28.1


Since the early 1950s, 'prevention first' has been one of four major policies in China's health strategy The health status of the Chinese people has improved dramatically During the 1980s, the level of preventive health care provision and people's health status continued to improve in many...

1 January 1997