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18 December 2014 IIHD Postgraduate Distance Learning Modules for 2015

IIHD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh would like to draw your attention to our postgraduate distance learning modules for 2015:  Research Design and Proposal Writing and Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations. Both modules are accredited by the tropEd network.  They can be taken as postgraduate course for credits (5 ECTS/15 SCOTCAT), or as CPD. 

Research Design and Proposal Writing by Distance Learning

Are you keen to develop small-scale research in the area of global health and development? In this module you acquire skills to conceptualise, plan, and write up a coherent and convincing research proposal. In addition to state-of-the-art online teaching materials and interactive tools, we provide you with accessible, supportive, and personalised written and oral feedback while you work through the web-based module units.

At the end of the module, you will have developed a research proposal that can be used as part of your academic studies, or in conjunction with your work in the fields of global health and development (broadly defined).

Partial scholarships and limited places available.

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Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations by Distance Learning

This module is intended for people who have an interest in the psychosocial wellbeing of children, youth and adults who are displaced through armed conflict, natural disaster or other causes. Participants on this module have tended to be either people who are keen to become involved in this field or who already have experience of working in the humanitarian aid field and want to develop further skills.

At the end of this module you will have obtained a grounding in the main approaches to providing mental health and psychosocial support and their underlying theoretical concepts as well as skills and knowledge in relation to the practice of psychosocial interventions.

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  • We surveyed earnings and time allocation decisions for 329 physicians in three African cities.
  • Association is shown between some physicians' characteristics and dual practice.
  • We found evidence of a supply curve in their decisions to enter the private market.
  • However, no supply curve was identified for hours worked in the private.
  • No relationship was found between public salary and dual practice decisions.

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03 November 2014 Kimiko Abe - Successful Viva!

We are delighted to share the news that Kimiko Abe, a Ph.D. candidate at IIHD, successfully defended her doctoral work at a viva.

Kimiko Abe is a health economist and has worked as a consultant or a project expert of bilateral cooperation projects in different countries in Asia, Africa, and Middle East for eight years. She has worked at different levels of the health system: from community to national policy and experienced different types of research works: evaluations (participatory) and formulations of projects, national health policies, and bilateral cooperation strategies.

Her PhD study was on issues of contracting out government health services to Non-Governmental Organizations in Cambodia, focusing particularly on economic incentives and their impact on health works.

Congratulations to Kimiko and we wish her well for the future!

13 October 2014 ReBUILD researchers from IIHD well represented at the Third Global Symposium on Health Policy/Systems Research in Cape Town - 29 September -3 October

ReBUILD researchers from IIHD, Barbara McPake, Suzanne Fustukian, Sophie Witter and PhD Students Justine Namakula, Edson Araujo and Guanyang Zou attended the Third Global Symposium on Health Policy/Systems Research in Cape Town from 29 September - 3 October.

ReBUILD and the Thematic Working Group on Fragile and Conflict Affected States received an enormous amount of coverage at the Symposium.

Reports/blogs from ReBuild at the Global Symposium

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02 October 2014 Successful webinar delivered by MHPSS network on ‘The politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings’
Katherine Rehberg presents the first webinar in the Autumn 2014 Webinar Series.

The webinar (recorded 2nd October 2014) is based on a recently-published paper, "Revisiting therapeutic governance: The politics of meantal health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings".

Katherine’s presentation discusses the evolution of MHPSS programming, engages with prevalent critiques notably by Vanessa Pupavec and considers the current positioning of the field and influential initiatives such as the IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies. Ananda Galappatti of contributes comments and reflections, and participants questions are addressed by both presenters.

The full recording is available here Full information on the MHPSS Autumn 2014 Webinar Series is available here

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30 September 2014 ReBUILD researchers from IIHD attending the Third Global Symposium on Health Policy/Systems Research in Cape Town - 29 September -3 October

ReBUILD researchers from IIHD, Barbara McPake, Suzanne Fustukian and Sophie Witter are attending the Third Global Symposium on Health Policy/Systems Research in Cape Town from 29 September - 3 October.

The theme of the symposium is the science and practice of people-centred health systems, chosen to enable participants to address current and critical concerns of relevance across countries in all parts of the world. Researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers and other stakeholders, from all regions and all socio-economic levels, will work together on the challenge of how to make health systems more responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities.

Barbara is a panellist whilst Sophie is delivering an oral presentation. Poster presentations from ReBUILD's qualitative study in Cambodia and the social network analysis of aid effectiveness in Northern Uganda will also feature. Symposium Website

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29 September 2014 Anuj Kapilashrami, IIHD Lecturer addresses opening plenary at the International Symposium on Global Governance and Commercialisation of Public Health in Delhi, 7 - 9 September 2014

Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami addressed the opening plenary at the International Symposium on Global Governance and Commercialisation of Public Health, held in Delhi 7-9 September 2014. The symposium was organised by Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM) is hosted by Edinburgh University and partner institutions in India (JNU and SCTIMS) & Germany (Heidelberg University) through an Indo-European Research Network grant.  The title of her talk was ‘Shifting discourses in global health governance; the application of global 'ideas', 'innovations' and normative frameworks to investments in health’.

Kapilashrami was also an invited speaker at a consultation on conceptual and methodological challenges in gender and health equity research held at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, in Trivandrum, India (11-12 September 2014). She gave a talk entitled ‘Unpacking Intersectionality: An introduction to its use in health research’.

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Anuj Kapilashrami, IIHD

Anuj Kapilashrami, IIHD

19 September 2014 Critical but neglected - role of frontline health workers in mediating Public-Private Mix (PPM) for tuberculosis control highlighted in new publication by Karina Kielmann, Senior Lecturer IIHD, and co-authors


India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) has pioneered efforts to involve private providers in tuberculosis (TB) control – yet how these partnerships are understood and implemented on the ground has rarely been documented.

In this contribution to a special issue featuring critical ethnographies of health systems, policies, and practice in the journal Global Public Health, Kielmann and co-authors emphasise the hidden but important role of TB health visitors (TB HV) -  frontline contractual field staff -  in mediating the working relationships underpinning a PPM-DOTS launched in western Maharashtra. 

Within the pluralistic context, social hierarchies, and paternalism inherent to medical culture in India, TB HV walk a fine line in balancing conflicting professional and social accountabilities to patients, providers, and RNTCP programme staff.   Close attention to the dynamics of power relations in human resources for health ‘strategies’ can improve the viability and sustainability of health systems partnerships.

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05 September 2014

IIHD PhD candidate Guanyang Zou describes how China is helping to combat Ebola in West Africa

Guanyang (Sunny) Zou has article featured in the International Health Policies (IHP) Network News

(EV4GH 2014; China Program Manager, COMDIS Health Services Delivery Research Consortium, University of Leeds, UK; PhD candidate, Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK)

In recent months Ebola has become a public health emergency of international concern. In response, China, a country with over 50 years’ history of providing medical aid in Africa, has sent small teams of public health emergency experts to three Ebola-affected West African nations — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is the first time that China has dispatched expert taskforces to foreign countries in response to a public health emergency.

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Guanyang Zou

Guanyang (Sunny) Zou, PhD Student, IIHD

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25 August 2014

Bregje de Kok, Lecturer at IIHD has paper published in Child: Care, Health and Development Journal

Focusing on Pakistani and Chinese families, this paper explores what culturally sensitive health visiting in Scotland may look like. It highlights the importance of taking into account gender and family relationships as well as socio-cultural norms, and the avoidance of cultural stereotyping by taking into account the unique features of parents.

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July 2014

New Publication from Barbara McPake, Anthony Scott and Ijeoma Edoko (2014) Analyzing Markets for Health Workers

Analyzing Markets for Health Workers: Insights from Labour and Health Economics, The World Bank, Washington DC

Improving equitable access to quality health services is one of the main pillars of
the World Bank Health, Nutrition, and Population Strategy. The Bank gives high
priority to ensuring equitable and sustainable improvements in health outcomes with particular attention to enhancing the well-being of the poor and vulnerable population as part of its primary mission to reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity across the globe. Within this framework, the Bank supports the aspirations of developing countries toward universal health coverage as an important
goal that will contribute to each country’s
efforts in ensuring inclusive and sustainable

Publication: Analyzing Markets for Health Workers

You can access the full publication here

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20 June 2014

IIHD PhD candidate Guanyang Zou selected as 'Emerging Voice' at 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Cape Town

In conjunction with the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research held in Cape Town, South Africa (September 30th – October 3rd), Guanyang, a.k.a. Sunny Zou has been selected to participate in the highly competitive 'Emerging Voices' training and conference participation programme.

Guanyang Zou (Sunny), IIHD Phd Student

Guanyang Zou (Sunny), IIHD PhD Student

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This initiative brings together young researchers around the world through an intensive distance-based and face-to-face training and coaching programme, as well as a pre-conference where they meet with peers and experts and participate in the Symposium.

Sunny recently published a short editorial piece in the Lancet with Barbara McPake and Xiaolin Wei, in which they make the case for China’s foreign aid programme to engage more closely with global public health education and research. 

Congratulations, Sunny, on these impressive achievements!



03 June 2014

Bregje de Kok, Lecturer at IIHD has paper published in Malawi Medical Journal

IIHD Lecturer, Bregje de Kok's paper, published in the Malawi Medical Journal provides an insight into the care needs of women who experienced a stillbirth or neonatal death in Malawi.

Substandard maternity care has been reported in many studies conducted in low income countries. Our data indicate that even when clients are bereaved, maternal care may not be patient centred, although some women reported positive care experiences.  

Furthermore, as has been reported in other studies, women may feel unable to critically evaluate care.


Simwaka, A., Kok, B. C. de. & Chilemba, W. (2014).

Women’s Perceptions of Nurses’ Caring Behaviours during Perinatal Loss in Lilongwe, Malawi: An Exploratory Study. Malawi Medical Journal

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12 May 2014

Dr Anuj Kapilashrami, Lecturer at IIHD invited speaker at Centre for South Asian Studies

Anuj Kapilashrami Dr Anuj Kapilashrami, Lecturer at IIHD was invited speaker on a panel discussion titled ‘Sweeping A Change: The AAP (Common Man’s Party) Effect on Indian Politics & democracy’. The panel launched a day-long event on the ‘Review of The Indian Elections 2014’ organised by the Centre for South Asian Studies, Edinburgh University on Monday, 12th May.

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May 2014

Karina Kielmann, Senior Lecturer at IIHD,  undertaking scoping visit for medical anthropology and health systems research in China

Karina Kielmann, IIHD

Systems for Health Seminar pdf

With the help of a Santander Research Scholarship, Karina Kielmann will be travelling to south-eastern China between May 21st and 31st . 

Her primary purpose is to engage with practitioners and scholars in the areas of medical anthropology and health systems research, as applied to communicable disease control, and to explore possibilities for future research collaboration.  She will spend time in the field to support (and learn from) the work of her doctoral student Guanyang Zou, whose project focuses on financing mechanisms for tuberculosis control in designated hospitals in Zhejiang Province.  She will also meet with officials from the government TB programme and engage with academics at Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong through a training workshop and seminars.

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May 2014

Professor Barbara McPake speaking at a side meeting of the World Health Assembly on 23rd May

Barbara McPake, IIHD Professor Barbara McPake is speaking at a side meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 23rd May.

She will report the findings of the study: ‘Economic Evaluation of Community Health Worker Programmes in low- and middle-income countries’ which was undertaken by a team led by IIHD (including also Ijeoma Edoka, Sophie Witter and Karina Kielmann) and colleagues in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam.

The meeting is hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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April 2014

Student Femi Akande (MSc Global Health Systems) receives IIHD Bursary for research into health systems in North Central Nigeria

IIHD student, Femi Akande (MSc Global Health Systems) has secured a bursary to assist with his research. Femi says:

"Supportive supervision has been recognized as one of the “promising practices” for improving health worker performance which in turn enhances the overall performance of health systems. It has become even more relevant following health sector reforms especially decentralization and task-shifting.

The Government of Nigeria currently runs a decentralized health system in which the Local Government Areas oversee the Primary health care system where health care services are principally provided by Midwives and Community Health Extension Workers.

Using the supervision of Malaria services as a lens, my research which shall be carried out in Toto Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state in North Central Nigeria and will utilize a qualitative methodology in an attempt to assess the supervisory approach of the primary health care system by the LGA level with the aim of contributing to the understanding of the potential role supportive supervision can play in improving health service delivery and identify the factors that can impede its effective implementation."


Femi Akande, IIHD Student

Femi Akande, IIHD Student

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March 2014

Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) commission Dr Alison Strang to conduct evaluation on the impact of SRC's Holistic Integration Service

The Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) has commissioned Dr Alison Strang of IIHD to conduct an evaluation of impact, and to facilitate learning within the Holistic Integration Service partnership (HIS). 

The HIS three year programme was established by a Big Lottery grant as a means of improving the way new refugees in Scotland are able to access appropriate services and progress towards integration. 

Dr Alison Strang, IIHD, QMU Dr Alison Strang, IIHD

In addition, Alison has been appointed to chair the Core Group leading the implementation of the Scottish Government Strategy: 'New Scots: Refugees in Scotland’s Communities ‘ over the next five years.


Copyright Scottish Refugee Council

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06 February 2014

Bregje de Kok, IIHD Lecturer to work as discourse analyst specialist

IIHD Bregje de Kok

IIHD Lecturer Bregje de Kok

From February 2014 Bregje de Kok will work as a discourse analyst specialist on the project:

' Generating accountability for maternal health outcomes in Nigeria through audit and improvement of maternity record linkage systems' funded  by the MacArthur Foundation. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Julia Hussein from the Universty of Aberdeen; collaborating partners are the Nigerian Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SOGON), and WHARC (Women’s Health and Action Research Centre)

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30 January 2014

Oonagh O'Brien, IIHD Lecturer and Fatou Baldeh, IIHD Alumni invited to be witnesses at FGM Inquiry

Oonagh O'Brien, IIHD Lecturer and Fatou Baldeh IIHD Alumni, invited to be witnesses at an Inquiry into FGM at the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee on 30 January 2014.

Oonagh O'Brien, IIHD Lecturer

Oonagh O'Brien, IIHD Lecturer

Fatou Baldeh, IIHD Alumni

Fatou Beldeh gives evidence at FGM Inquiry at the Scottish Parliament

Equal Opportunities Committee Report


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