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Expanding the Evidence Base Through Inter-Sectoral Partnerships for Action on Health Equity

Project Description

Described as the single most critical development failure of the past 30 years, the majority of births, deaths and causes of death in Africa and Asia are never recorded. Two-thirds of all deaths pass without notification of medical cause, three-quarters of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia [1]. The lack of information seriously limits the capacity of the health system to respond to the needs of those excluded from access, sustaining exclusion and maintaining health inequalities. The proposed research will strengthen systems to record, report and act on information about HIV-related mortality in disadvantaged populations in a rural province in South Africa.

The overall aim is to develop inclusive knowledge partnerships to strengthen health systems engaging communities, researchers and health systems actors at different levels to develop and act on co-produced evidence for health systems change, and to explore the potential for sustainability and transferability. In doing so, the project will connect two health systems research priorities: the lack of information on the health of people excluded from access to health systems [2], and the low utilisation of research evidence by health systems stakeholders [3]. This intended to have direct impacts on services through an inclusive and adaptive knowledge partnerships processes strengthening health systems to achieve health equity gains.

1 Lancet Series. Counting Births and Deaths. Lancet, 2015.
2 George AS et al. Community participation in health systems research. PLoS One 2015;10.
3 WHO. Changing mindsets: strategy on health policy and systems research. Geneva: WHO, 2012.

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCE. Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Science, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing.


Funding Notes

This project is advertised for self-funded applicants only - there is no funding attached.

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Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered provided they have a Merit/Commendation/Distinction at Masters level.

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