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Using smartphones to improve animal health and food security

A smartphone application developed with IDRC support is helping primary animal health workers (PAHWs) in Laos PDR to quickly and accurately answer questions and treat poultry. The app is also helping farmers raise healthier animals and improve their...

ART drugs help reduce HIV transmission, Chinese study finds

Providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the HIV-positive partner in couples where only one person has HIV can reduce HIV transmission rates, at least in the short term, a Chinese study has found. Results of the study, led by IDRC Research Chair...

Improving access to healthcare with eHealth in sub-Saharan Africa

Health systems across Africa are hindered by inadequate resources and growing disease burdens. Access to timely and affordable health services is needed to manage diseases and improve health and well-being. The growing field of electronic health...

Building equitable health systems in Latin America

In Latin America, primary health care (PHC) is often of poor quality and delivered unevenly. The region’s segmented health systems make it difficult to provide equal access to services across multiple subsystems. To ensure more equitable health care...

Making health care more affordable in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger

In the 1980s, with advice from international organizations, most African countries adopted direct payment for health services as the primary means to finance their health systems. Patients had to pay for health services out-of-pocket, severely...

Monitoring inequities in East and Southern Africa

While sub-Saharan Africa struggles to improve the health of its women and children, there are great differences within and among countries. The EQUINET research network promotes and monitors progress toward health equity in East and Southern Africa...

Ensuring Southern input on global action

The voices and experience of developing country researchers are too often missing when international donors and decision-makers gather to address global health issues. Strengthening capacity and creating space for Southern expertise is one of IDRC’s...

Removing cost barriers – lessons from West Africa

Despite recent progress, as a region, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of maternal, infant, and child mortality in the world. From 2009 to 2012, researchers led by Niger’s Laboratoire d'études et de recherches sur les dynamiques sociales et...

Applying a gender lens to health policy in India

In India’s Karnataka state, girls and women face many barriers stemming from their low social status that are exacerbated by poverty and caste. Researchers with the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore are exploring how power dynamics within...

Empowering communities through health system monitoring in Guatemala

Despite its middle-income status, Guatemala has some of the worst health outcomes in Latin America with more than half of its population living in poverty.  Indigenous populations in rural areas, who suffered the most during 36 years of civil war...

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