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Health Partnerships: an effective response to the global health agenda

Guest edited by Andrew Jones

What role can ‘Health partnerships’ play in addressing the disparities that exist in the availability of trained health personnel globally? Often operating under the radar, a vast network of partnerships exist between healthcare delivery or training institutions in high-income countries, and their low- or middle-income counterparts. These peer-to-peer collaborations draw on a multitude of training approaches to build the capacity and expertise of the health workforce within a particular institution and can also broaden into more integrated support for health systems such as national and institutional health strategies, standards and protocols. This new series published in Globalization and Health, looks at the concept of international twinning relationships and seeks to engage critically with their experiences; assessing the choices, influences, and relationships that determine their success, or otherwise, in strengthening human resources for health, and ultimately improving health services globally.

The Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET), has been working with health partnerships for 25 years and has been at the forefront of efforts to facilitate the growth of this approach. THET has funded the publication charges for this collection of eligible institutional health partnerships. Articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by the Guest Editor.

  1. Research

    Developing nurse medication safety training in a health partnership in Mozambique using behavioural science

    Globally, safe and effective medication administration relies on nurses being able to apply strong drug calculation skills in their real-life practice, in the face of stressors and distractions. These may be e...

    Eleanor Rose Bull, Corina Mason, Fonseca Domingos Junior, Luana Vendramel Santos, Abigail Scott, Debo Ademokun, Zeferina Simião, Wingi Manzungu Oliver, Fernando Francisco Joaquim and Sarah M. Cavanagh

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:45

    Published on: 4 July 2017

  2. Review

    How behavioural science can contribute to health partnerships: the case of The Change Exchange

    Health partnerships often use health professional training to change practice with the aim of improving quality of care. Interventions to change practice can learn from behavioural science and focus not only o...

    Lucie M.T. Byrne-Davis, Eleanor R. Bull, Amy Burton, Nimarta Dharni, Fiona Gillison, Wendy Maltinsky, Corina Mason, Nisha Sharma, Christopher J. Armitage, Marie Johnston, Ged J. Byrne and Jo K. Hart

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:30

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  3. Research

    A health partnership to reduce neonatal mortality in four hospitals in Rwanda

    A health partnership to improve hospital based neonatal care in Rwanda to reduce neonatal mortality was requested by the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Although many health system improvements have been made, the...

    Placide Ntigurirwa, Kathy Mellor, Daniel Langer, Mari Evans, Emily Robertson, Lisine Tuyisenge, Alan Groves and Tom Lissauer

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:28

    Published on: 1 June 2017

  4. Research

    Do International Health Partnerships contribute to reverse innovation? a mixed methods study of THET-supported partnerships in the UK

    International health partnerships (IHPs) are changing, with an increased emphasis on mutual accountability and joint agenda setting for both the high- and the low- or middle-income country (LMIC) partners. The...

    Kavian Kulasabanathan, Hamdi Issa, Yasser Bhatti, Matthew Prime, Jacqueline del Castillo, Ara Darzi and Matthew Harris

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:25

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  5. Commentary

    Partnerships in mental healthcare service delivery in low-resource settings: developing an innovative network in rural Nepal

    Mental illnesses are the largest contributors to the global burden of non-communicable diseases. However, there is extremely limited access to high quality, culturally-sensitive, and contextually-appropriate m...

    Bibhav Acharya, Duncan Maru, Ryan Schwarz, David Citrin, Jasmine Tenpa, Soniya Hirachan, Madhur Basnet, Poshan Thapa, Sikhar Swar, Scott Halliday, Brandon Kohrt, Nagendra P. Luitel, Erick Hung, Bikash Gauchan, Rajeev Pokharel and Maria Ekstrand

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:2

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  6. Research

    The state of the art of twinning, a concept analysis of twinning in healthcare

    Inequities in health have garnered international attention and are now addressed in Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3), which seeks to ‘promote well-being for all’. To attain this goal globally requires inn...

    Franka Cadée, Marianne J. Nieuwenhuijze, A. L. M. Lagro-Janssen and Raymond De Vries

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:66

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  7. Review

    Towards sustainable partnerships in global health: the case of the CRONICAS Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases in Peru

    Human capital requires opportunities to develop and capacity to overcome challenges, together with an enabling environment that fosters critical and disruptive innovation. Exploring such features is necessary ...

    J. Jaime Miranda, Antonio Bernabé-Ortiz, Francisco Diez-Canseco, Germán Málaga, María K. Cárdenas, Rodrigo M. Carrillo-Larco, María Lazo-Porras, Miguel Moscoso-Porras, M. Amalia Pesantes, Vilarmina Ponce, Ricardo Araya, David Beran, Peter Busse, Oscar Boggio, William Checkley, Patricia J. García…

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:29

    Published on: 2 June 2016

  8. Research

    Global health partnerships: building multi-national collaborations to achieve lasting improvements in maternal and neonatal health

    In response to health care challenges worldwide, extensive funding has been channeled to the world’s most vulnerable health systems. Funding alone is not sufficient to address the complex issues and challenges...

    Rohit Ramaswamy, Brianne Kallam, Dragica Kopic, Borislava Pujic and Medge D. Owen

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:22

    Published on: 20 May 2016

  9. Research

    From local to global: a qualitative review of the multi-leveled impact of a multi-country health research capacity development partnership on maternal health in Sudan

    There is a substantial body of literature on the principles of good partnerships and the rationale for such partnerships in research capacity strengthening. This paper illustrates the long term effects of a mu...

    Khalifa Elmusharaf, Hanan Tahir, Diarmuid O’ Donovan, Ruairi Brugha, Mamoun Homeida, Amal M. O. Abbas and Elaine Byrne

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:20

    Published on: 16 May 2016

  10. Research

    The use of technology enhanced learning in health research capacity development: lessons from a cross country research partnership

    With the recognition of the need for research capacity strengthening for advancing health and development, this research capacity article explores the use of technology enhanced learning in the delivery of a c...

    E. Byrne, L. Donaldson, L. Manda-Taylor, R. Brugha, A. Matthews, S. MacDonald, V. Mwapasa, M. Petersen and A. Walsh

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:19

    Published on: 10 May 2016

  11. Research

    Developing a framework for successful research partnerships in global health

    The Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin has as one of its goals, strengthening health systems in developing countries. In realising this goal we work across more than 40 countries with third-level...

    Fiona Larkan, Ogenna Uduma, Saheed Akinmayọwa Lawal and Bianca van Bavel

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:17

    Published on: 6 May 2016

  12. Methodology

    Coalicion de Salud Comunitaria (COSACO): using a Healthy Community Partnership framework to integrate short-term global health experiences into broader community development

    There is growing concern that short-term experiences in global health experiences (STEGH), undertaken by healthcare providers, trainees, and volunteers from high income countries in lower and middle income cou...

    Lawrence C. Loh, Olga Valdman and Matthew M. Dacso

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:15

    Published on: 2 May 2016

  13. Research

    Partnerships in global health and collaborative governance: lessons learnt from the Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals

    In 2007 the “Crisp Report” on international partnerships increased interest in Northern countries on the way their links with Southern partners operated. Since its establishment in 2007 the Division of Tropica...

    David Beran, Sigiriya Aebischer Perone, Gabriel Alcoba, Alexandre Bischoff, Claire-Lise Bussien, Gilles Eperon, Olivier Hagon, Olivia Heller, Frédérique Jacquerioz Bausch, Nicolas Perone, Thomas Vogel and François Chappuis

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:14

    Published on: 29 April 2016

  14. Review

    The Pan-University Network for Global Health: framework for collaboration and review of global health needs

    In the current United Nations efforts to plan for post 2015-Millennium Development Goals, global partnership to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has become a critical goal to effectively respond to the...

    M. S. Winchester, R. BeLue, T. Oni, U. Wittwer-Backofen, D. Deobagkar, H. Onya, T. A. Samuels, S. A. Matthews, C. Stone and C. Airhihenbuwa

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:13

    Published on: 21 April 2016

  15. Research

    Protecting health workers from infectious disease transmission: an exploration of a Canadian-South African partnership of partnerships

    Health workers are at high risk of acquiring infectious diseases at work, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) with critical health human resource deficiencies and limited implementation of occ...

    Annalee Yassi, Muzimkhulu Zungu, Jerry M. Spiegel, Barry Kistnasamy, Karen Lockhart, David Jones, Lyndsay M. O’Hara, Letshego Nophale, Elizabeth A. Bryce and Lincoln Darwin

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:10

    Published on: 31 March 2016

  16. Review

    Nottingham Trent University and Makerere University School of Public Health partnership: experiences of co-learning and supporting the healthcare system in Uganda

    Partnerships between developed and developing country institutions are increasingly becoming important in addressing contemporary global health challenges faced by health systems. Inter-university health colla...

    David Musoke, Linda Gibson, Trasias Mukama, Yesmean Khalil and John C. Ssempebwa

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:11

    Published on: 28 March 2016

  17. Research

    Learning from Somaliland? Transferability of learning from volunteering to national health service practice in the UK

    Capacity building partnerships between healthcare institutions have the potential to benefit both partners particularly in staff development. Previous research suggests that volunteering can contribute to prof...

    Esther Tillson, Sibylle Herzig van Wees, Charlotte McGowan, Hannah Franklin, Helena Jones, Patrick Bogue, Shirin Aliabadi and Paula Baraitser

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:9

    Published on: 22 March 2016

  18. Research

    Assessing the twinning model in the Rwandan Human Resources for Health Program: goal setting, satisfaction and perceived skill transfer

    Because of the shortage of health professionals, particularly in specialty areas, Rwanda initiated the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program. In this program, faculty from United States teaching institution...

    Esperance Ndenga, Glorieuse Uwizeye, Dana R. Thomson, Eric Uwitonze, Joel Mubiligi, Bethany L. Hedt-Gauthier, Michael Wilkes and Agnes Binagwaho

    Globalization and Health 2016 12:4

    Published on: 28 January 2016

  19. Research

    An evaluation of the benefits to a UK Health Care Trust working in a partnership with a hospital in Northern Uganda: International partnership working in mental health

    Despite the worthy intentions of international health partnerships between high-income countries and countries with developing economies, the tangible benefits are rarely evaluated, limiting the assessment of ...

    Ben Hague, Jenny Sills and Andrew R. Thompson

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:52

    Published on: 22 December 2015

  20. Review

    Short term global health experiences and local partnership models: a framework

    Contemporary interest in in short-term experiences in global health (STEGH) has led to important questions of ethics, responsibility, and potential harms to receiving communities. In addressing these issues, t...

    Lawrence C. Loh, William Cherniak, Bradley A. Dreifuss, Matthew M. Dacso, Henry C. Lin and Jessica Evert

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:50

    Published on: 18 December 2015

  21. Research

    Towards a simple typology of international health partnerships

    International health partnerships are one approach to capacity building in health systems. The evidence base for institutional partnerships for health service development remains weak and evaluation of the pro...

    Suzanne Edwards, Dan Ritman, Emily Burn, Natascha Dekkers and Paula Baraitser

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:49

    Published on: 15 December 2015

  22. Research

    A rapid evidence review on the effectiveness of institutional health partnerships

    Institutional Health Partnerships are long-term, institution to institution partnerships between high income and low and middle income countries which seek to build capacity and strengthen health institutions ...

    Ema Kelly, Vicki Doyle, David Weakliam and Yvonne Schönemann

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:48

    Published on: 14 December 2015

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Globalization and Health 2016 12:3

  23. Research

    The personal value of being part of a Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) links programme to develop a palliative care degree programme in Sub Saharan Africa: a descriptive study of the views of volunteer UK health care professionals

    There is a global need to expand palliative care services to reach the increasing number requiring end of life care. In developing countries where the incidences of cancer are rising there is an urgent need to...

    B. A. Jack, J. A. Kirton, J. Downing and K. Frame

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:47

    Published on: 14 December 2015