The BMJ special collection Healh in South Asia

6 December, 2018


May be of interest to HIFA members.

The BMJ has published a special collection of articles on tackling health inequalities in South Asia. The three articles, written by health experts from across the region, aim to stimulate discussion and drive progress towards achieving universal health coverage.

More information on the articles below:

Amit Sengupta from the People's Health Movement in New Delhi and colleagues, argue that tackling the primary care crisis "requires substantial increases in public provision and financing of primary care, medical education, and health worker training, and regulation of privately provided primary care services."

Alayne Adams from the James P Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka and colleagues, say that South Asia’s cities "exemplify the perils of rapid unplanned urbanisation and its adverse health effects." They propose a framework of actions on urban health governance and the social determinants of health to achieve universal health coverage in South Asian cities.

Zulfiqar Bhutta from Aga Khan University in Karachi and colleagues, point out that community health workers play a critical role in overcoming health workforce shortages and improving maternal and child health in rural parts of South Asia. They say a long term strategy "is vital to build on the impact of community health workers in achieving universal health coverage."


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