Is leaving no one behind just rhetoric, or is it leading to measurable change? In this collection of articles leading researchers from around the world explore the data on health inequalities in an attempt to answer this question. One third of the way through the SDG era, what will it take to ensure that no woman, child or adolescent is left behind?
There are many public health problems for which there are no treatments. Drug development pipelines are full but mostly focus on potentially profitable diseases that mainly affect high-income countries. In short, the free market does not effectively provide affordable access to medicines for all. This collection of articles outlines evidence and further research that is needed to balance affordability and innovation of medicines.
This BMJ collection contains original research and analysis about the impacts of financial conflicts of interest across research, education, practice and policy, and about the global moves to freedom from commercial influence. The aim of the collection is to encourage the production and use of more trustworthy evidence, and tackle the current epidemic of medical excess.
The BMJ in partnership with The Harvard Global Health Institute has launched a collection of articles exploring how to achieve effective universal health coverage (UHC). The collection highlights the importance of quality in UHC, potential finance models, how best to incentivise stakeholders, and some of the barriers to true UHC.
Anti-immigrant rhetoric permeates today’s political discourse and soaks through much of society. In this highly politicized context, dominated by debates on immigration and border control, understanding and tackling what affects the health of migrants, their families, and communities is often overlooked and underserved. These gaps in understanding the relation between migration and health remain a challenge that policymakers, practitioners, civil society, and researchers must collectively embrace.
We live in critical times for global health. Big gains made during the millennium development goals era, including a halving of child mortality from 1990 to 2015, fuelled optimism about unabated—or even accelerated—progress. We hear talk of the end of AIDS, universal health coverage by 2030, and a pandemic-free world. But in the current political climate these outcomes are a distant dream. Our era is one of retrenchment and disinvestment in global health, throwing cold water on utopian rhetoric and threatening to reverse recent gains.
China’s rapid economic growth over the past 40 years was accompanied by emerging health problems such as non-communicable diseases, an ageing population, and rising expectations about health. Difficulties with health financing, healthcare delivery, and public health made health service reform urgent. This BMJ collection with Peking University analyses the achievements and challenges of the 2009 health system reforms and outlines next steps in improving China's health.
The space given to self care in health policies and national healthcare does not acknowledge how people take care of their health nor the potential self care has for improving health and wellbeing. However, recent years have seen growing interest in the production of evidence reviews and guidelines for self care.This collection of articles focuses on self care interventions for sexual and reproductive health and rights, informing upcoming WHO normative guidance, and recognising the importance of self care as an integral component of the health system that can support people.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute a major global health challenge, hampering nations’ economic growth and sustainable development. This new collection issue brings together a wide and diverse author group, to focus on key issues and suggest scalable solutions to accelerate the implementation of the high level commitments made in the three UN general assembly meetings, seeking to cover the major issues in prevention and control of NCDs, and to provide a holistic perspective on the current challenges and scope of future action to tackle NCDs and improve health worldwide.
The sustainable development goals set a target to end epidemics of neglected tropical diseases by the year 2030. Neglected tropical diseases mainly comprise infectious diseases seen in subtropical and tropical regionsm with over one billion people affected worldwide. South Asia has a unique role to play in combating these diseases, given the high disease burden and regional expertise in end-to-end solutions, from drug discovery and clinical studies through to regulation, manufacture and distribution. This collection of articles highlights successes of public health programmes in neglected diseases in South Asia and explores outstanding issues requiring supportive policy and research.
Analysis of factors that contribute to progress in reducing maternal and child mortality suggests that action from sectors beyond health have a profound influence. Recognition of the value of collaboration between sectors is embedded in the sustainable development goal (SDG) targets. However, there is little formal understanding of the general principles that contribute to effective multisectoral collaboration for health. This collection of articles includes twelve country case studies, each an evaluation of multisectoral collaboration in action at scale on maternal, neonatal, and child health, collectively informing and drawing together lessons learned in achieving effective multisectoral collaboration.
With global governance and global health at a turning point, this collection of articles looks at major disruptions that have shaped global health to make it the field it is today, before moving on to look at major disruptions under way at present that are radically changing the face of contemporary global health. Each piece pinpoints the nature, immediate effects, and long term impact of each disruption.
The Alma Ata declaration of 1978 was a pivotal moment in public health, stating primary healthcare would be essential to obtaining the goal of “Health for All” by the year 2000. That vision proved to be a mirage, yet a renewed commitment by WHO and the United Nations to universal health coverage means that 40 years later, the approach championed by the Alma Ata declaration remains an enlightened and forward thinking blueprint for countries striving to achieve health for all. In support of these principles and to further the debate, this special collection brings together content on the progress and future of primary healthcare.
Over the past quarter of a century, child mortality has more than halved. Yet in 2016, globally, an estimated 5.6 million children died before reaching their 5th birthday, most from readily preventable, treatable conditions. Two decades ago, Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) was introduced by the World Health Organization and Unicef as a global strategy to “reach all children” with prevention, diagnosis and treatment for common childhood illnesses. This collection of articles describes findings from the strategic review of IMCI and iCCM, seeking to provide thoughtful, transparent, evidence based examination of past measures and current best practices, and to consider future needs when rethinking global and national child health strategies.
What should we eat in order to stay healthy and avoid disease? Nutrition is one of the biggest drivers of chronic diseases, including obesity and diabetes, yet the answer to this seemingly simple question remains a subject of heated debate. This collection brings together some of the world’s most thoughtful and influential voices in the field of nutrition and health, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives, to help make sense of the state of current knowledge, the quality of the evidence on key issues, the extent and implications of potential disagreements between experts, and the agenda for further research.
High quality research—and the evidence that it yields—is essential for improving global health and health equity, as well as economic development. In 2009, member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) approved a regional policy on research for health in the Americas, the first such WHO regional policy. This collection explores how this research can drive effective and efficient health systems across the Americas, and offer insights and perspectives on developments and challenges following the implementation of these policies.
The BMJ in partnership with and funded by The Health Foundation have launched a joint series of papers exploring how to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. This series discusses the evidence for systematic quality improvement, provide knowledge and support to clinicians and ultimately to help improve care for patients.
The BMJ is running a series of articles reflecting on the health of the NHS as it approaches its 70th birthday on 5 July 2018. As well as looking at what the NHS has achieved over the 70 years it has been in operation, The BMJ's coverage will also consider how the NHS might need to change to face the challenges that lie ahead.
This BMJ collection analyses progress in the evolution of Chinese medical research in four important areas—evidence informed policy, guidelines development, real world evidence, and big data.
The BMJ's collection of papers on assisted dying covers a wide range of personal, professional, and religious opinion on a controversial subject that divides doctors, the general public, and parliaments' representatives worldwide .
This collection examines ways in which cross sectoral working, and wider societal engagement are necessary to successfully achieve the sustainable development goals.
This collection provides an overview of the political, social, and economic problems caused by AMR in the WHO South East Asia region.
This collection provides an overview of the World Bank’s evolving role in global health and follows on from The BMJ's 1999 series on the World Bank by discussing changes in global health governance since the millennium.
This collection brings together leading health experts from across the region and internationally to discuss health priorities and identify evidence based solutions to shape health policy and interventions.
This collection examines the evidence and the thinking that form the basis of a new global strategy to improve maternal and child health in the world’s poorest and high burden countries.
This spotlight series of articles on patient centred care explores how doctors and patients can work collaboratively to improve the way in which healthcare is designed and delivered, so that it meets the needs and priorities of patients better.
The war on drugs has failed, and The BMJ says it's time for doctors to lead calls for pragmatic reform informed by science and ethics. This collection brings together our recent articles on this topic.
In May 2017 a new director general of the World Health Organization will be elected. Watch Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, and Suerie Moon interview the candidates.
A collection of all BMJ resources on the Ebola outbreak.
A collection of all BMJ resources on Zika virus.
Gareth Iacobucci examines the key challenges facing the NHS in 2017 and looks at how the service can overcome them.
This collection looked at the key issues in the run up to the EU referendum and the immediate aftermath of the results.
Does being admitted to hospital at the weekend increase your risk of dying? This collection covered the debate about the so-called weekend effect.
The erasure of Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a trainee paediatrician, from the UK register has made doctors anxious and raised questions about what’s next for the patient safety agenda. Read our latest coverage.