Can Joint Learning Support Country-Level Progress towards UHC?

This post originally appeared here, on the blog of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage.

Investing In Women: An inside look at Merck’s $3 million commitment to India’s largest maternity care franchise

(Originally posted on the NextBillion blog.)

Since launching in 2007, MerryGold Health Network has unspooled a multi-tiered network of nearly 450 clinics and hospitals providing quality, comprehensive maternal health services in 35 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, two of India’s most populous northern states – and among its poorest.

Exploring early adopters of mobile money for health

By Marilyn Heymann (Reposted from CHMI

Mobile money (payments through phones, usually via SMS) is rapidly becoming a powerful mechanism to extend financial services to the unbanked in low and middle income countries. 

Health 2015: A conversation with Davidson Gwatkin on Progressive Universalism

Not all pathways to universal health coverage are created equal.

Bangladesh Looks Back, Looks Ahead to UHC

This post originally appeared on the UHC Forward Blog and was authored by R4D Program Associate Nisma Elias.

Universal health coverage in Africa: where is civil society?

This blog originally appeared on the Lancet Global Health Blog and is authored by Biodun Awosusi as a joint post with Nkem Wellington, Communications Officer, Results for Development Institute, and Editor, UHC Forward; Jay Jonathan, Senior Writer, Management Sciences for Health; Dorah Nesoba, Health for All Campaign Coordinator, Kenya; and Ayotte Barbara, Director of Strategic Communications, Management Sciences for Health

Health 2015: A conversation with Helen Saxenian & Robert Hecht on 20 years in global health: making an even stronger case for investing in health

As we usher in the new year of 2014 and the post-2015 development agenda begins to crystalize, an important transition is occurring in the global health policy field.

Investment in global health has quintupled over the past two decades but also faces considerable challenges ahead, as discussed in a recent working paper by R4D for the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH).

Harnessing the hidden workforce: informal providers in India and elsewhere

Originally posted on The Lancet Global Health Blog, this piece was co-authored by Meenakshi Gautham, Research fellow and IDEAS country coordinator for India at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and R4D Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Gina Lagomarsino.

The Maternova marketplace: Cutting-edge health technologies improving survival for women and newborns

Originally posted on CHMI's Blog, this piece was authored by R4D Program Officer Christina Synowiec

VIDEO: Breaking Uganda's culture of silence: Access to essential medicines

Uganda has made great strides in the past few years building up the "hardware" of its public distribution system for medicines – central warehouses and staffed distribution points – but the "software" isn’t quite right. Many health centers run out of medicines in the 2-3 months between deliveries, meanwhile central warehouses are chock-full of supplies.