Prof. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem | Editor In-Chief
Prof. 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 countr...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
Taking the bull by the horn: South Sudan’s ministry of health takes charge of health development in the country.
Date of Publication: August 18, 2021
1Juliet Nabyonga-Orem; 1Gilbert Buckle; 2Moses Ongom
South Sudan has faced internal conflict and fragility for more than a decade, but who says it will be a conflict setting for many more years to come? The South Sudan Government is poised to transition the country from a fragile situation to a developing one. The Leadership of the Ministry of Health (MoH) is already sending a clear message that conflict is over, it’s time to think development. The MoH organised a Leadership and Governance Conference from 16th – 20th August under the theme, “Strengthening governance and leadership c...Likes: 1 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 178 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 29 Read More
Date of Publication: August 16, 2021
COVID-19 threatens to reverse impressive progress made against the HIV/AIDS pandemic through impacting HIV/AIDS funding, restricting patients follow up due to lock downs, disruptions in service delivery due to overstretched health systems and shifting glob...Likes: 3 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 182 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 46 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: 3 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 602 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 140 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: 3 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 454 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 147 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: 10 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 734 Comments: 1 Export to PDF 226 Read More
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