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After two decades of pay-for-performance in LMICs, what have we learned? Reflections from Rwanda and Haiti

In this blog, Maria-Gorreti Ndunwere (MSc, BPharm; GHPU student MSc Global Health Policy 2021/22) reflects on the implementation of pay-for-performance incentives in Rwanda and Haiti. Pay-for-Performance (P4P) is a widely-contested policy idea in which payment-based incentives are used to reshape healthcare provider and/or population behaviour, with the overall aim of improving the quality, efficiency, and […]

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‘As Long as It Comes off as a Cigarette Ad, Not a Civil Rights Message’: Gender, Inequality and the Commercial Determinants of Health

This post first appeared on The Communication Initiative Health, social change and behaviour change network. You can find the original post here: ‘As Long as It Comes off as a Cigarette Ad, Not a Civil Rights Message’: Gender, Inequality and the Commercial Determinants of Health Dr Sarah Hill*, Global Health Policy Unit, University of […]

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Economic warfare is fuelling a pandemic: US Sanctions to Iran during COVID-19 are a threat to global health

This blog is guest authored by Inès Hassan and Mariana Soto Pacheco. Inès and Mariana are postgraduate students in the Global Health Policy Unit, University of Edinburgh. This blog previously appeared on BMJ Global Health. In March 2020, to the dismay of the public health community, the US government imposed a series of fresh economic […]

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Covid-19 and the collapse of the private health sector: a threat to countries’ response efforts and the future of health systems strengthening?

As COVID-19 leads to a “cash crunch” for the private health sector in developing countries, Mark Hellowell (University of Edinburgh), Andrew Myburgh, Mirja Sjoblom and Srinivas Gurazada (World Bank Group) and Dave Clarke (World Health Organization), consider the opportunities and risks of providing state support to health care businesses. The World Health Organization is calling […]

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COVID-19 and the social determinants of health: all in it together?

Sarah Hill, Senior Lecturer;1,2 Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity / Director;2,3 Jeff Collin, Professor of Global Health Policy1,2 Global Health Policy Unit, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh SPECTRUM Consortium (Shaping Public Health Policies to Reduce Inequalities and Harm), UK Menzies Centre for Health Governance, School of Regulation and Global Governance […]


All hands on deck: mobilising the private sector for the COVID-19 response

David Clarke, WHO HQ, Dr. Mark Hellowell, Director, Global Health Policy Unit University of Edinburgh, Barbara O’Hanlon, member of the WHO Expert Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector, and Cynthia Eldrige, Impact for Health. Originally posted 6 April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global surge in demand for health services. […]