17 February 2018

“10 best” article in Health Policy & Planning

A “10 best” article written by AMDD Deputy Director Marta Schaaf and colleagues has been published in Health Policy and Planning. The article identifies 10 top resources on power in health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries. Power is a critical concept to understand and transform health policy and systems, but remains a neglected area of work. The resources in this article, which include frameworks, commentaries, and empirical work, provide an overarching conceptual exploration into how power shapes health policy and systems and how to investigate it, as well as examples of empirical work on power and health policy and systems research representing various levels of analyses, geographic regions and conceptual understandings of power. The article, entitled “10 best resources on power in health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries,” is part of Health Policy and Planning’s “10 best” series, a series of articles that identify and outline the 10 most useful resources from a range of sources to help facilitate a better understanding of a particular issue in global health, and is available through open access here.


9 February 2018

RMC Briefs Available In Spanish

In December 2017, AMDD and the Global Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) Council released three new briefs on respectful maternity care. With the help of the White Ribbon Alliance, these briefs have been translated into Spanish! Access both the English and Spanish versions here: 


18 January 2018

AMDD and ARC publish Learning Exchange Report on CHWs

In June 2017, AMDD and the Accountability Research Center at the American University School of International Service hosted a two day “think-in” on Community Health Worker Voice, Power, and Citizens’ Right to Health. Over thirty researchers, practitioners, and civil society representatives from eight countries attended the think-in centered on the potential role of CHWs in health system accountability and the factors that enable or hinder their accountability functions. Following the meeting, participants collaborated on a report synthesizing the case studies, themes, and research agenda items discussed at the think-in. Read the full report here.