Maternal health resources

Every mother counts: Reporting data by ethnicity

Campaign Report: Mothers on the Margins

A summary of the challenges indigenous people face when seeking maternal and child healthcare.

Campaign Report: Mothers on the Margins (Spanish)

Policy Briefing: Counting Every Mother

A summary briefing on the importance of disaggregating maternal health data by ethnicity.

Project Update: Indigenous Women Working Towards Improved Maternal Health

A report and recommendations on improving maternal health for indigenous and ethnic minority women in the Ratanakiri region, Cambodia.

Joint Policy Briefing: Manifesto for Motherhood

A detailed maternal and child health policy briefing pack for Members of Parliament.


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Tax and health resources

Joint Policy Briefing: Raising Revenue – A look at Financial Transaction Taxes around the world

An analysis of some countries with existing taxes on financial transactions, showing how such taxes are possible and can raise revenue for public goods.

Joint Policy Briefing: A Financial Transactions Tax for Global Health

Information about how a Financial Transactions Tax could benefit global health

Policy Brief: Robin Hood Tax – Your questions answered

An introductory guide to Financial Transactions Taxes

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Trade and health resources

Factsheet: Counterfeit Medicines – Your Questions Answered

Definitions, and overview of the issues, and recommendations on counterfeit medicines and the broader problem of access to affordable medicines.

Joint Policy Briefing: Investment and Intellectual Property Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines

Detailed explanation of legal provisions in the EU-India Free Trade Agreement which relate to foreign investment and intellectual property and could hamper access to affordable medicines.

Joint Policy Briefing – EU-India Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Health

Summary of legal provisions relating to foreign investment and intellectual property which could hamper access to affordable medicines as well as some recommendations to negotiators and the WHO.

Joint Factsheet: EU-India Free Trade Agreement – Implications for Health

An essential guide to the investment chapter in the EU-India Free Trade Agreement based on information as of June 2011.

Policy Brief:Trading with Lives – Your questions answered

An introduction to our Trading with Lives campaign on access to medicines, explaining generics, trade agreements, and counterfeits.


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Aid, financing and debt resources

Joint Policy Briefing: The IMF, the Global Crisis and Human Resources for Health

An analysis of how IMF programmes still block progress in investing in public health in developing countries, especially critical to efforts to tackle health worker shortages.

Joint Policy Briefing: Debt and Health

A briefing on the effects of poor country debt on levels of spending on healthcare, and how debt relief can free up resources for health and other vital public services.

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Health systems resources

Joint Policy Briefing: Positive Gains: Promoting greater impact on health through HIV and AIDS programming

This briefing from the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development explores the ways in which the HIV response has reverberated across health systems.

Joint Policy Briefing: Action for Global Health Call for International Development Select Committee Inquiry into health systems strengthening

This briefing outlines the importance of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) focus on Health System Strengthening and how and why the House of Commons International Development Committee could provide a crucial role in evaluating this aspect of DFID’s work.

Joint Policy Briefing: Health Workers in Fragile States: The case for investment

A review of successful initiatives to strengthen the capacity of healthworkers in fragile states.

Joint Call to Action: Putting Health Workers at the Heart of the Millennium Development Goals

A call to the coalition government to concentrate on enhancing the role of the health workers to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Policy Briefing: Sierra Leone’s Free Healthcare Initiative – Responding to emerging challenges

A review of the important role the of Traditional Birth Attendants after Sierra Leone introduced its free healthcare initiative.

Policy Briefing: Abolishing User Fees – Making it work in Sierra Leone and beyond

A summary of the issues surrounding the policy to abolish some user fees for healthcare in Sierra Leone with recommendations on implementation.

Policy Briefing: Delivering Health Services in Fragile and Difficult Environments – 13 principles

A report outlining policy recommendations and operational implications for delivering health care in fragile and conflict environments.

Event report and recommendations: The role of health workers in improving the health of women and girls in low and middle income countries.

A summary and case study material of our  policy roundtable and panel discussion held on the 28th October 2013.


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The right to health resources

Joint Call to Action: Righting health – A call for UK action to improve health in developing countries

An Action for Global Health call to the UK Government to take action to meet the health MDGs, in the run up to the 2010 elections.

Information booklet: Utz Wachil – Health and well being among indigenous peoples

A joint publication between Health Poverty Action under our former name, Health Unlimited, and  the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, giving voice to indigenous perspectives on health and wellbeing.

Joint Position Paper: UK Civil Society Analysis of the UN MDG Review Summit 2010

A sector-wide joint briefing and recommendations to the UK Government on meeting the MDGs with 5 years to go.

The People’s Charter for Health

A statement of the shared vision, goals, principles and calls for action of the People’s Health Movement, of which we are members. It is the most widely endorsed consensus document on health since the Alma Ata Declaration.

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Food Sovereignty

Killing us with hunger: Indigenous perspectives on nutrition, food aid and food sovereignty in the central Amazon of Peru

This report looks at the problems with food aid in Peru, and how to work towards a food sovereignty solution.

Post Millennium Development Goals

This guide is a briefing on Health Poverty Action’s view on the new framework for development.

Briefing: Post Millennium Development Goals

Programme resources

Tackling sexual and gender based violence in Sierra Leone. This report looks at Health Poverty Action’s work tackling violence against women and men in Sierra Leone.

Tackling sexual and gender based violence in Sierra Leone.

Building bridges between pastoralist communities and formal health services. The report looks at best practices and lessons learned  in empowering pastoralist communities to prevent HIV infection and reduce the impact of AIDS in Ethiopia.

Building bridges: lessons and best practices from Ethiopia.

Promoting Culturally Appropriate Maternal Health in Miskitu and Sumu Mayangna communities in the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua

Modelo de Maternidad Segura Culturalmente Apropriada para Mujeres Indígenas Miskitus y Sumu Mayangnas (Spanish)

The Culturally Appropriate Safe Motherhood Model is the product of a joint process towards “Promoting Culturally Appropriate Maternal Health in the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua” which involved all local stakeholders including health service providers. It consists of eight substantial chapters ranging from the basics in maternal health and health governance to institutionalising traditional birthing methods as well as financial management and sustainability.

Atención del Parto – Maternidad Segura, Culturalmente Apropriada. Guía para Personal de Salud (Spanish)

This Guide on “Safe Motherhood, culturally appropriate” is aimed at health personnel in that it intends to harmonise the practices of technical staff with cultural understandings and customs of the indigenous population. It is a training companion on elements of traditional medicine – be it of indigenous, Afro-American or community origin – and how maternal health regulations and protocols could be adapted to them.

Atención prenatal – Maternidad Segura, Culturalmente Apropriada. Guía para Personal de Salud (Spanish)

Like the Guide on Birth above, this tool for health personnel seeks to harmonise the antenatal care practices of technical staff with cultural understandings and customs of the indigenous population.

Manual de Capacitación para Comisiones de Salud Comunitaria (Spanish)

A training manual for members of Community Health Commissions which aims to aid the implementation of the Culturally Appropriate Safe Motherhood Model. It is to ensure that community members are equipped with the necessary information and training to valuably contribute to activities leading to safer motherhood practices.


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Newsletters and leaflets

Read Health Poverty Action’s Spring 2014 newsletter 

Read Health Poverty Action’s Autumn 2013 newsletter 

Read Health Poverty Action’s Spring 2013 newsletter

Health Poverty Action general leaflet

Connections: Pregnancy and Poverty

Connections: On Burma’s Margins

Connections: The Fistula Issue

Somaliland in Brief: The road to Lasciidle

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Accounts and reports

Accounts 2012-2013

A breakdown of Health Poverty Action’s financial resources for the financial year.

Accounts 2011-12

A breakdown of Health Poverty Action’s financial resources for the financial year.

Accounts 2010-2011

A breakdown of Health Poverty Action’s financial resources for the financial year.

Annual Review 2010

A review of Health Poverty Action’s life-saving work over the year.

Accounts 2009-2010

A breakdown of Health Poverty Action’s financial resources for the financial year.

Health Poverty Action’s latest Impact Report

Find out about our recent work.

Trustee Report 2010-2011

A detailed summary of Health Poverty Action’s mission and values, and of the key achievements over the year.

Funding from IrishAid 2008-2011

A breakdown of funds received from IrishAid since 2008.

Open Information Policy and Exclusion Criteria

Details regarding transparency and legal commitments.


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