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The document library features summaries and links to editorially-selected publications on the key themes of health, education and nutrition. The documents are sourced from academic research, policy papers and global development organisations. These are all available free to download or can be requested via the document delivery service of the British Library for Development Studies.

An outbreak of Ebola in Uganda

S. I. Okware, F. G. Omaswa, S. Zaramba et al. / 2002 / Tropical Medicine and International Health

A father holds his youngest child while his wife receives a long-acting contraceptive, Uganda

An outbreak of Ebola disease was reported from Gulu district, Uganda, on 8 October 2000. The outbreak was characterised by fever and haemorrhagic manifestations, and affected health workers and the general population of Rwot-Obillo, a village 14 km north of Gulu town. Later, the outbreak spread to other parts of the country including Mbarara and [...]

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“A time of fear”: local, national, and international responses to a large Ebola outbreak in Uganda

John Kinsman / 2012 / Globalization and Health

A family with young children, Sudan

This paper documents and analyses some of the responses to the largest Ebola outbreak on record, which took place in Uganda between September 2000 and February 2001. Four hundred and twenty five people developed clinical symptoms in three geographically distinct parts of the country (Gulu, Masindi, and Mbarara), of whom 224 (53%) died. Given the [...]

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Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate

Gerald C. Nelsen / 2014 / The Chicago Council On Global Affairs

Rice cultivation, Guyana

This report puts forward recommendations for how the US government can better address climate change through its policies on global agricultural development. It argues for the United States to rally international resources and deploy its agricultural research enterprise—its universities, research institutes, and agrifood businesses—to gather more information about how climate change will affect the global [...]

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Review of implementation processes for integrated nutrition and psychosocial stimulation interventions

Yousafzai, A. K. And Aboud, F. / 2013 / New York Academy of Sciences

Timor Ministry of education feeds school children

This article reviews the implementation processes for interventions that integrate nutrition and psychosocial stimulation for children under 5 years of age in low- and middle-income countries. We examine the content of these programs, the delivery strategy, intensity and duration, personnel training and supervision, compliance, and fidelity. A systematic search of the Global Health Ovid database [...]

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Ending newborn deaths: ensuring every baby survives

2014 / Save the Children

Mother with her newborn child, Ethiopia

The world has made remarkable progress in the fight to end child mortality in recent years. Since 1990, we have almost halved the number of children who die every year before the age of five – from 12.6 million to 6.6 million.  This amazing achievement – even more impressive given that the populations in the [...]

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Women and Health: Today’s evidence, tomorrow’s agenda

2009 / WHO

Social workers trained in family planning, India

This is a report on women and health – both women’s health needs and their contribution to the health of societies. Women’s health has long been a concern for WHO but today it has become an urgent priority. This report explains why. Using current data, it takes stock of what we know now about the [...]

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Why is giving special attention to adolescents important for achieving Millennium Development Goal 5?

2008 / World Health Organisation

Young mother being checked by health worker, India

Fact sheet, presents facts about young adolescent pregnancies and answers the question: What needs to be done to promote the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and to prevent adolescent mothers and their babies from dying in pregnancy?

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The Essential Package: Twelve interventions to improve the health and nutrition of school age children

World Food Programme / UNICEF


Building on the FRESH (Focusing Resources on Effective School Health) frame work the essential package outlines 12 interventions from basic education to fuel efficient stoves that are necessary to improve the health and nutrition of school-age children. Basic education Food for Education Promotion of girls’ education Potable water and sanitary latrines Health, nutrition and hygiene [...]

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Is preschool good for kids? Case study: Mozambique

Human Development Network / 2012 / The World Bank

How can we help kids reach their full potential? Experts know that the first years of life are crucial to healthy development. And that’s just the start. Children need regular mental and physical stimulation—along with healthcare and proper nutrition—to keep their development on track. Preschool programs are a great way to give kids the educational [...]

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What matters most for early childhood development : a framework paper

2013 / The World Bank

Around the world, inequalities in child development are stark. These inequalities often begin before birth and expand during a child’s early years. A child’s earliest years present a window of opportunity to address inequality and improve outcomes later in life. The potential benefits from supporting early childhood development (ECD) include: improved cognitive development, better schooling [...]

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