Ensuring access to quality health technologies and services requires a people- and systems-centered approach

The BBC recently featured the “backpack midwife”— Margaret, a community health worker in Kenya who carries a backpack full of technologies that support the provision of health care within communities, particularly for women and children. Margaret makes home visits twice per week, in an area north of Nairobi with approximately 120 households. Though she says […]

What We’re Reading: A History of Global Health

In A History of Global Health (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), historian Randall M. Packard examines why initiatives to prioritize and implement comprehensive approaches to health, as opposed to narrow technological ones, have failed to be sustained over time. This book centers on a tension that most of us working in global health have long […]

Harnessing Data for the SDGs Requires a Human-Centered Approach

All you have to do is walk into a primary health center or health post and eyeball the record-keeping and you know that health statistics in Africa need serious “enhancement.” On September 25, 2015, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data was launched—the partnership is a multi-stakeholder group seeking to harness the power of data […]

We’re Blogging!

Years ago, I was engaged in my first study of innovation and access, working with the Harvard School of Public Health on a case study of the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP). MDP is a groundbreaking donation program established by Merck and partners to get ivermectin for the treatment of onchocerciasis out to the people who […]