Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health merits special attention as a key to broader development.

Better health is necessary although not a sufficient condition for better outcomes on income, productivity, and sustained development. The importance of investing in research for health has not yet been fully realized as financial resources for research remain insufficient.However, investing in research for health in developing countries is a necessity, not an extravagance, as people should expect to live full and healthy lives despite economic disparities. Money spent on research for health is an economic driver, enhances competitiveness and addresses the social determinants of health.

Local political will and investments are vital for sustained growth in health research. The effort to develop national health research systems is a crucial step towards translating priority health problems and needs into health research questions.

Our case studies reflect upon this and show how research leads to tailored, cost effective, and sustainable improvements in population's health.

The Road to Malaria Eradication - Update 2018

E-Government  E-Government as a tool to advance health 

fiebre amarilla   The control of yellow fever in Havana, Cuba, in the early 1900's

 childrenIron deficiency anemia: Research on iron fortification for efficient, feasible solutions.

kangaroo-motherKangaroo Mother Care, Revisited: New knowledge about quality of care and the neurological development of premature babies; an Interview with Dr. Nathalie Charpak

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Promoting Health in All Policies: Learning from Finland

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Cervical Cancer Screening: Yesterday and Today

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The birth of cancer chemotherapy: accident and research

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Enabling gender equality, economic growth and sustainable development through research for health: The case of the oral contraceptive pill

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Building research capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean through international collaborations - The Magpie Trial

Scientific Journalism and Coverage of Health Research

Tranexamic Acid and Trauma Patients

  Poor Quality Reporting in Latin American Countries