Archive | Governance and Policies

Securing WHO FCTC Article 11 Compliance Through Legislative Advocacy: the Philippines

Under the WHO FCTC, the Philippines obligated itself to require effective health warnings on cigarette packs by 2008. That deadline has long passed. Thus, HealthJustice Philippines (HJ) and Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted a nationwide survey entitled “Usage and Attitudes of Filipino Youth Towards Tobacco” to gauge the behavioral response of Filipino youth towards graphic […]

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Cataloguing New York City Legislation Relevant to Chronic Disease Prevention, 2002-2013.

The overall aim of this project is to systematically detail the timing and substance of health-relevant New York City (NYC) policies and initiatives from 2002-2013. This is the initial phase of research proposing to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts in reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality rates. Local governments around the United States have […]

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Analysis of Medicine Entitlement Programs for NCDs in the Philippines.

In response to rising non-communicable disease prevalence and access to medicines challenges for the worst-off, the national government has launched three medicines access programs. Data were collected from informant interviews, site visits, document reviews. These were analyzed by creating first a chronology of events. Then using a health policy framework, strategies and actions used along […]

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Understanding Policy Development of an NCD Benefit Package: Philippines

There is increasing global attention on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). In the Philippines, the burden of NCDs is growing but government response remains weak. The study is a policy research looking at the development of a new benefit package for non-communicable diseases within the Philippine social health insurance program (Philhealth). We investigated how the interaction between […]

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Health governance in Ethiopia: Does systems theory strengthen district health planning and procedural fairness?

Building strong health systems in resource-poor settings involves strengthening good governance. This study explores the ability of a new district-health planning strategy in Ethiopia to strengthen procedural fairness and district-level capacity, while further reflecting on the systemic features that act as barriers and facilitators in this process. Results explore various dimensions of the district-health planning […]

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The integration of health into foreign policy: Health is Global

This study explored the global health diplomacy phenomenon by focusing on how and why health is integrated into foreign policy. To elucidate a deeper and clearer understanding of this phenomenon, the research used a case study design that incorporated literature and document review and interviews with twenty informants to conduct an in-depth analysis of the […]

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The relevance of research evidence in informing vaccination policies in Switzerland.

Vaccination in Switzerland may not reach public health targets. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health is developing a National Immunisation Programme to improve coverage, based on an overview of available evidence. 22 studies and 18 systematic reviews were included showing modest effects in general. Interventions included information, vaccine prescription, new vaccination programmes, information and […]

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An Exploration of how Health is Positioned in Canadian Foreign Policy.

Canada has been regarded as a model global citizen with firm commitments to multilateralism. It has also played important roles in several international health treaties and conventions in recent years. There are now concerns that its interests in health as a foreign policy goal may be diminishing. This study reports on a thematic analysis of […]

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stylised image of inbound, outbound, internal migrant flows and the families left behind in Sri Lanka

How far are the ‘left behind’ left behind? The psychological and physical wellbeing of family members of international labour migrants.

International labor migration has become a crucial engine in economic development for many countries worldwide. Even though the enormous contribution from international migrant workers to Sri Lanka’s economic development is well documented, politically encouraged, socially accepted and commercially stimulated, little is known on the actual health and social consequences of the ‘left behind’ members of […]

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