Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem | Editor In-Chief
Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem is a leading health systems expert with experience spanning over 2 decades. She has been instrumental in the transformation of health systems in many African countrie...Read More
Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams | Editor
Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams is a health systems and policy analyst. He has almost 3 decades of experience in senior health management in Ghana including 16 years as District Medical Officer/Med...Read More
Prof. Oladele Akogun | Editor
Prof. Oladele Akogun has spent over 25 years on health system research, focusing on access to and utilization of intervention services. He holds a PhD in Public Health and a Postgraduate Dipl...Read More
Date of Publication: May 30, 2021
In 2018, a new terminology emerged in the Ghanaian society labelled as “no bed syndrome” to describe the phenomenon of lack of beds in hospitals for new patients, particularly in the emergency department. The phenomenon seems to have been in existence for a while, albeit latent, until it was implicated in the death of a 70-year-old man; a sad event which occurred following several failed attempts to secure admission. Although the incident caused an uproar in the Ghanaian society, it seems little progress has been made towards its resolution and anecdotal evidence suggest that the situation is persisting. In this blog, the a...Likes: 1 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 390 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 98 Read More
Date of Publication: May 26, 2021
My original intention was to name this article ‘The fat alcoholic’. Do not kill me just yet guys, I already know everything that is wrong with the title. Believe me, it serves its purpose because in this blog I would like to explore the relationship between achieving public health in a highly sensitive population with varied societal perceptions. Does defining an issue in a manner that is regarded as less sensitive help public health endeavours? Or has the field of operation for the public health personnel become more about towing the line or treading very carefully as it has increasingly felt l...Likes: 1 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 238 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 64 Read More
Cry no more: Universal access to cancer treatment is possible in a low-income country as we learn from the Uganda experience.
Date of Publication: April 22, 2021
Unaffordable, impoverishing, stressful…are the repeated phrases characterising the road to cancer treatment in low income countries (LICs). However, the government of Uganda, through the Uganda cancer institute has defied the odds as we explore in this blog.
The double burden of disease (communicable and non-communicable), with the associated high cost for prevention and treatment, and the need for sophisticated interventions and service delivery models, are resounding challenges to achieving universal health coverage(UHC) in LICs, Uganda inclusive. Closely related to this is the increasing ...Likes: 1 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 368 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 102 Read More
“Imprisoning” patients unable to settle their medical bills: a public health issue or human rights crisis?
Date of Publication: January 30, 2021
Health is a fundamental human right which creates an obligation for countries to ensure the availability and access to affordable healthcare services for its citizens without discrimination. This obligation notwithstanding, users may be unable to pay for services following hospital discharge. Even with the advent of national health insurance schemes, some persons may still be unable to pay for services out of pocket leading to their detention or ‘imprisonment’ in the healthcare facility till the bills are settled. The issue is a rather complex one which often raises crucial medical, ethical, and legal concerns and this blog...Likes: 8 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 668 Comments: 1 Export to PDF 185 Read More
Date of Publication: January 24, 2021
Africa, with the least total wealth out of the major global regions, has experienced a good COVID-19 case rate which is somewhat hard due to the poor enforcement of restrictive measures that are aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. Concerns have been raised with regards to the accuracy of the c...Likes: 2 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 813 Comments: 1 Export to PDF 178 Read More
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