Busting Silos and Oyster Pots: How to Combat Organizational Fragmentation

A Review of the Silo Effect by Gillian Tett Whatever health systems problem I am analyzing, in whatever state, country or region, all have one thing in common: they are created against a backdrop of a fragmented health system. The background section of every report I read or write seems to contain the words “in […]

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Epic Measures

A book about the measurement of Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALY) and the Global Burden of Disease   Calculating the global burden of disease – a measure of what ails and kills whom, everywhere, is no small feat. Epic Measures is the story of Chris Murray and colleagues developed the DALY and measured the global burden […]

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Health system change starts with good leadership

This post was originally published in Business World on the 26th January 2015. To see the original article, click here.   India needs leadership in public health now more than ever. Poor distribution and low numbers of health workers, low public spending, an unregulated private sector and poor inter-sectoral coordination all cripple the health system, […]

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Being Mortal

This week I went along the Bangalore launch of Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal. This is a book about the time towards the end of our life. Historically, and in most societies still, people live their last days at home, and eventually die at home. One likes to think this occurs with them surrounded by […]

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India’s health care ‘crisis’?

Sen and Dreze highlight all that is bad with the state of health in India – as well as some promising success stories   I read all the reviews and articles accompanying the release of Sen & Dreze’s Uncertain Glory with interest – I was specifically curious to know if we would learn anything new […]

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Daniel Pink’s “To Sell is Human”: Applications for public health – advocacy, technical assistance & behaviour change

Revisiting all my favourite books for my earlier blog post on “most inspiring public health books” brought me to Pink’s To Sell is Human published this year. Like his earlier work, Drive, To Sell is Human has clear applications for public health, especially for those working in technical assistance, behavior change and advocacy.   With […]

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Monitoring Scale Up

A Review of the Guide to Monitoring Scale Up of Health Practices and Interventions by Bridgit Adamou   A friend and former colleague of mine at MEASURE Evaluation has put together an excellent resource of M&E of scale up efforts. This fills a huge gap in the currently available resources on scale up, and addresses […]

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The Fun and Games of Social Networks. A Review of Connected: The Amazing Power of Social Networks and How they Shape Our Lives

Christakis and Fowler have written a book (actually, a while ago, it was published in 2010) compiling available research on the power of social networks. I started reading this book a few weeks ago and have become completely evangelical about it ever since. It’s tone is excitable, and the enthusiasm is contagious. A few times […]

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Decisive: The new book from the Heath brothers; How does it apply to using data for policy and program decision-making?

The book Decisive was recently recommended to me by public health colleague and fellow UNC HBHE alum Tom Davis. The book provides an overview of the scientific literature around decision making to explain “how to make better choices in life and work”. It is an easy read; I read it over a busy weekend. It […]

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