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Social innovation to transform health care delivery

Guest edited by Lenore Manderson, Uche Amazigo and Phyllis Dako-Gyeke

A thematic series in Infectious Diseases of Poverty.

L van Niekerk_SIHI Philippines_2017-4 © van NiekerkGaps continue to exist in health systems and access to health services, in low- and middle-income countries, despite advances in disease prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment. Social innovations provide a fresh lens to strengthen health systems and primary health care. Through participatory approaches, novel solutions are designed and implemented by innovators, health system actors and other actors to address complex and longstanding health problems. Social innovations can be processes, market mechanisms, roles or behavioral practices, or new paradigms and policies. They enable healthcare delivery to be more inclusive, effective and affordable. Social innovation tackles “how” to improve health, by engaging communities in creating and sustaining solutions. This series features the work of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative established in 2014 under TDR’s leadership and in collaboration with research organizations and partners to advance social innovation through research, capacity strengthening and advocacy. Writing from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective, the authors analyse how social innovation has been used in research, in practice, and in informing new paradigms and policies. In showcasing community-engaged approaches in transforming health care delivery, we illustrate how social innovation can accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  1. Diagnostics are essential for identifying and controlling diseases. However, limited access to diagnostics hinders public health efforts in many settings. Social innovation may provide a framework for expandin...

    Authors: Megan L. Srinivas, Eileen J. Yang, Priyanka Shrestha, Dan Wu, Rosanna W. Peeling and Joseph D. Tucker

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:20

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  2. Crowdsourcing is used increasingly in health and medical research. Crowdsourcing is the process of aggregating crowd wisdom to solve a problem. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize quantitativ...

    Authors: Cheng Wang, Larry Han, Gabriella Stein, Suzanne Day, Cedric Bien-Gund, Allison Mathews, Jason J. Ong, Pei-Zhen Zhao, Shu-Fang Wei, Jennifer Walker, Roger Chou, Amy Lee, Angela Chen, Barry Bayus and Joseph D. Tucker

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:8

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  3. Social Innovation in health initiatives have the potential to address unmet community health needs. For sustainable change to occur, we need to understand how and why a given intervention is effective. Bringin...

    Authors: Emma L. M. Rhule and Pascale A. Allotey

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:3

    Content type: Opinion

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  4. Despite great medical advances and scientific progress over the past century, one billion people globally still lack access to basic health care services. In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Deve...

    Authors: Beatrice Halpaap, Rosanna W. Peeling and François Bonnici

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:81

    Content type: Commentary

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  5. This commentary highlights the value of community-engaged social innovations to advance health care delivery in low- and middle-income countries and to accelerate universal health coverage. It emphasizes the i...

    Authors: John C. Reeder, Marie-Paule Kieny, Rosanna Peeling and François Bonnici

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:74

    Content type: Editorial

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  6. Gonorrhea and chlamydia testing rates are poor among Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM). A quasi-experimental study suggested that a pay-it-forward strategy increased dual gonorrhea/chlamydia testing amon...

    Authors: Tiange P. Zhang, Fan Yang, Weiming Tang, Marcus Alexander, Laura Forastiere, Navin Kumar, Katherine Li, Fei Zou, Ligang Yang, Guodong Mi, Yehua Wang, Wenting Huang, Amy Lee, Weizan Zhu, Peter Vickerman, Dan Wu…

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2019 8:76

    Content type: Study Protocol

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