Global health diplomacy: the ‘missing pillar’ of health system strengthening
This chapter reviews the future of the health system strengthening movement. It draws from the previous chapters in the book, taking the framework from Chapter 1 as the starting point, and summarizes the major points from these by specifying the key risks and opportunities that currently face health systems which will be of import in the coming decades. It argues that the broad nature of the linkages between sectors and countries which constitutes a contemporary, 21st century, ‘health system’ requires collective action by people from different regions and across different fields of expertise. Critically, it requires health professionals to be involved in various degrees and levels of governance, negotiation, and diplomacy. The policy implications of this include the need for local, national, regional, and global authorities and health agencies to engage in a broader approach to improve health.
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