How can measles eradication strengthen health care systems?

Griffiths, UK; Mounier-Jack, S; Oliveira-Cruz, V; Balabanova, D; Hanvoravongchai, P; Ongolo, P; (2011) How can measles eradication strengthen health care systems? The Journal of infectious diseases, 204 Suppl 1. S78-81. ISSN 0022-1899 DOI:

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Elimination and eradication initiatives are generally delivered through a vertical approach, which can potentially hamper health systems. We propose 3 approaches by which a measles eradication initiative can ensure that health systems are left strengthened when the eradication goal has been accomplished. First, focus should be placed on strengthening routine vaccination, which could generate positive trickle-up effects on other primary health care services. Second, increased integration with multifunctional health services should be emphasized. Third, efforts should be made to change traditional donor behavior that prioritizes vaccination campaigns and uses uncoordinated staff incentives.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Vaccine Centre
PubMed ID: 21666217
Web of Science ID: 293547600012


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