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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,...

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News

Building successful social enterprises to tackle global challenges

Social enterprises are on the rise and have become a way for both companies and social entrepreneurs to proactively address real world problems by taking matters in to their own hands. In April, IDS alumnus Mamunur Rahman won the 2019 British Council Entrepreneurial Award for his innovation...

12 December 2019

Opinion

Universal Health Coverage: Where did we get lost?

In the last few years, the global community has established a shared and widely accepted vision on the importance and significance of global goals, such as the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This vision has provided an opportunity to agree on what we can collectively aspire to...

9 December 2019

Journal Article

Value Chain Governance, Power and Negative Externalities: What Influences Efforts to Control Pig Diseases in Myanmar?

The European Journal of Development Research;2019 p1-22

Livestock diseases are examples of negative externalities that affect livelihoods and health of poor people across the world. We investigate how the governance and power relationships along a value chain can contribute to reducing the negative effects of livestock diseases. We conducted a...

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Ayako Ebata & 4 others

22 November 2019

Publication

Finding Support in Family: the Story of Madeline

IDS Case Study

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

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

Publication

Standing Strong Together: the Story of Fabienne

IDS Case Study

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

Publication

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

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

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