Applying principles of health system strengthening to eye care.


Blanchet, K; Patel, D; (2012) Applying principles of health system strengthening to eye care. Indian journal of ophthalmology, 60 (5). pp. 470-4. ISSN 0301-4738 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4103/0301-4738.100553

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: Understanding Health systems have now become the priority focus of researchers and policy makers, who have progressively moved away from a project-centred perspectives. The new tendency is to facilitate a convergence between health system developers and disease-specific programme managers in terms of both thinking and action, and to reconcile both approaches: one focusing on integrated health systems and improving the health status of the population and the other aiming at improving access to health care. Eye care interventions particularly in developing countries have generally been vertically implemented (e.g. trachoma, cataract surgeries) often with parallel organizational structures or specialised disease specific services. With the emergence of health system strengthening in health strategies and in the service delivery of interventions there is a need to clarify and examine inputs in terms governance, financing and management. This present paper aims to clarify key concepts in health system strengthening and describe the various components of the framework as applied in eye care interventions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: The International Centre for Evidence in Disability
International Centre for Eye Health
PubMed ID: 22944762
Web of Science ID: 308858500025
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/230623

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