Useful Resources

New WHO eLearning course series on Health Inequality Monitoring
Free online course, World Health Organisation, Geneva

A new WHO eLearning course series, ‘Health Inequality Monitoring Foundations’ delivers a self-directed learning environment, designed to meet the immediate learning needs of users. It is primarily targeted to monitoring and evaluation officers, researchers, analysts, and others with a general interest in health data and inequality monitoring. The Overview course gives a general introduction to the monitoring process and key terminology and concepts. The Data sources course examines the strengths, limitations and opportunities to improve common data sources for health inequality monitoring, as well as the processes of data source mapping and data linking. The Health data disaggregation course explores how disaggregated health data are integral across the steps of monitoring, and builds skills in assessing and reporting disaggregated data. The Summary measures of health inequality course discusses the general characteristics of simple and complex summary measures, and guides learners through the selection, calculation, interpretation and reporting of a range of measures. The Reporting course demonstrates the components of high-quality health inequality reporting, emphasizing purpose-driven, audience-centred, and technically rigorous approaches. These courses are available for free on the Health Inequality Monitoring channel of OpenWHO.

Samir Amin internationaliste organique/organic internationalist
GRILA présente, 2019

“In our era, when we consider the destructive (ecological and military) might at the disposal of the powers-that-be, the risk.. that war will end up destroying all the opposing camps, is real. On the other hand, there is a second path that demands the lucid and organized intervention of the internationalist front of workers and peoples.” Taking as its point of departure this observation by Samir Amin, this film depicts the audacious struggles of, as well as interviews with, addresses by and special moments involving this outstanding intellectual of the South. In the film Samir Amin discusses the political economy of development, capitalism and imperialism, as well as the resistance of workers and peoples. The film includes testimonies from other key thinkers of the region and images from the film The Dispossessed by Mathieu Roy, and also by several other sequences from throughout the world.

The Pandemic Plot: Conjuring a literary epidemic reading list
Bonhomme E: Mobile Fragments Substack, 2022

Bonhomme argues that some seminal writing during and on pandemics are worth revisiting, mostly because they provide room for ingenuity, strangeness and insight into another world. This short reading list explores how novels — past and present — have not only tackled epidemics but also provided acute and thought-provoking insight into humanity's tenacity. Given these texts' range in time, scope, and region, the novels are presented to offer a new crop of texts to flourish and overcome the corrosive effects of pandemic disillusionment and despair.

Gender and Health
World Health Organisation: WHO, Geneva, 2021

Gender norms, roles and relations, and gender inequality and inequity, affect people’s health all around the world. This Q&A examines the links between gender and health, highlighting WHO’s ongoing work to address gender-related barriers to healthcare, advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity, and achieve health for all.

Probable futures
Probable futures collective: Video, 2022

Probable Futures is an online site for science, applications, and imagination. It was founded in 2020 by a group of concerned leaders and citizens who started asking climate scientists direct, practical questions about what climate change would be like in different places around the world: What does the world look like at 1.5°C of warming? What will it feel like? At 2°C? 3°C? Do these different levels of warming mean radically different outcomes for society? Could we communicate the consequences of each increment of warming so vividly that everyone—from parents and teachers to poets and CEOs—can better understand, prepare for, and address what is coming? This site provides maps and information so that climate change is no longer an abstraction. In the portrayal the results are stark, the consequences real and personal and the portrayals of the future useful, intuitive, and profound.

What is health policy & systems research and how can it strengthen health systems?
Health Systems Global: Video, 2017

A short film produced by Health Systems Global and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research outlining the field of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) and the role it can play in strengthening health systems around the world.

Interactive: Who's funding the COVID-19 response and what are the priorities?
Cornish L: Devex, Online, 2021

In this online resource Devex has tracked COVID-19 funding for combating the coronavirus, including the contracts, grants, new programs, tenders, and direct funding from global, bilateral, regional, state and non-state actors. Funding data is available through an interactive dashboard that shows where the funding is going, who is supplying the money, and what funding is focusing on.

Making Change Visible: Evaluating Efforts to Advance Social Participation in Health, An Implementer’s Resource
Loewenson R; Simpson S; Dudding R; Obando F; et al: TARSC, Shaping Health, 2021

If you are responsible for—or engaged or interested in—advancing social/community participation in health (SPH) in your local area, this resource was developed for you. There are a variety of resources available on how to organise SPH, but there is limited guidance on how to evaluate its effectiveness. This publication aims to fill that gap. It is thus not about how to implement SPH, but rather how to evaluate SPH efforts. The Resource outlines how to conduct a baseline assessment, creating a critical reference point at the start of the SPH intervention to plan work and enable you to track changes as they are achieved. It guides you in carrying out a performance evaluation, to assess how well the SPH intervention is performing during implementation, for you to review and make any 'course corrections' needed. Finally, it explains how to conduct an outcome or impact evaluation, assessing the changes achieved, directly and indirectly, as a result of the SPH intervention. The use of the Resource is being piloted in 2022, so if you are interested, please get in touch. .

Practical Epidemiology: Using Epidemiology to Support Primary Health Care
Vaughan JP, Victora C, , Chowdhury AMR: OUP, 2021

This book focuses on district health systems and is intended for those working in primary health care. It presents practical uses for epidemiological concepts and methods and how to use population information to strengthen planning, management and evaluation. It is available open access online as a downloadable pdf, and a hardcopy can also be purchased.

Reporting guidelines: simple and powerful tools to increase the impact and visibility of your research: a virtual course on enhancing the value of research with research reporting standards
PAHO: Virtual Campus for Public Health, Online, 2021

The EQUATOR Network and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO) has developed an online course aimed at increasing the value of research by enabling people who are planning to conduct, report, edit, publish or appraise research for health, with current research reporting standards. This introductory course is targeted at a wide range of actors interested in research quality and the use of reports for decision-making. The course provides an overview of good reporting practice at all stages of the research pathway. The ideal time to take this course is as an introductory activity before beginning and finalizing your research proposal.