Provision systems and financing mechanisms in the public health sector

The thematic module Public Health focuses on new health systems and financing mechanisms and how they can be created for the benefits of poor people in developing countries.

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Health is central to poverty reduction. It is a global public good and a fundamental element of social security, peace and economic stability. However, the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and their related public health targets are at risk due to rapidly increasing costs for delivering primary health care, weaknesses in health systems, the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, the emergence of new health threats, and rising global inequity. The thematic module aims to designing evidence-based health systems policies and interventions to address these challenges.

The three main research topics of the module are:

  • Key steps toward inclusive social health protection (SHP) in developing countries
  • Sustaining health gains while addressing emerging demographic and epidemiological changes
  • Social determinants and equitable access to health


Review Panel

  • Dr. Marjolein Dielemann, Royal Tropical Institute Amsterdam and Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Review Panel President)
  • Professor em Dr. Abbas Bhuiya, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  • Professor Dr. Claudia Binder, EPFL, Switzerland (SNSF Delegate)
  • Dr. Andrew Cassels, Global Health Care, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Switzerland
  • Professor Dr. Tim Ensor, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Jacques Mader, Global Programme Health, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Berne, Switzerland (SDC Delegate)
  • Professor Dr. Joanna Schellenberg, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Professor Dr. Soonman Kwon, Seoul National University, South Korea

Research Network


r4d Forum 2016 Public Healt​​​h, Switzerland, 17-18 March 2016

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