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Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesAn economic and policy perspective$
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Richard D. Smith and Kara Hanson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566761.001.0001

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Global health diplomacy: the ‘missing pillar’ of health system strengthening

Global health diplomacy: the ‘missing pillar’ of health system strengthening

(p.267) Chapter 12 Global health diplomacy: the ‘missing pillar’ of health system strengthening
Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Richard D. Smith

Kara Hanson

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   health system strengthening, global health diplomacy, health sector, collective action, health professionals

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