Post Conflict Public Health: A New Framework for Thinking about Health Systems

Kristine Sloan writes about "Post Conflict Public Health" focusing on Sierra Leone.

She writes: "As of now, the post-conflict public health intervention model falls short, priming cost-effectiveness and donor priorities in service and health provision, while underestimating the critical importance of health-seeking behaviour and structural impediments to care. Fundamentally, understanding the multiple dimensions of rebuilding and transforming a health system in a post-conflict setting requires a deep understanding of local realities and political power, which are not adequately addressed in the current model of health intervention."

Ms. Sloan holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of North Carolina State University.

Aesthetics, Statistics, and the Debate Around Ghana’s Middle Class

Recent conversations around Ghana’s growing middle class have elicited excitement, despite the lack of agreement over a definition of what makes the group. For a country with socialist roots, the emergence (or perception) of a class system is at times controversial.
While there is no doubt that class stratification persists in Ghana, a serious inquiry must be made into the question, does a class system actually exist?. This is the question Ms. Rock asks in her paper.

Ms. Joeva Rock is a PhD student at the American University where she focuses on colonial legacies in West Africa specifically in relation to globalization, identity, development, and social movements.

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