The Role of Public Health Institutions in Global Health System Strengthening Efforts:
Peter Bloland1, Patricia Simone2, Brent Burkholder3, Laurence Slutsker2, Kevin M. De Cock2
1 Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America,
2 Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America,
3 Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
PLoS Med 9(4): e1001199. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001199 - April 3, 2012
Available online at: http://bit.ly/HKXoMP
“…….The international community has come to recognize the critical importance of strengthening health systems as a whole to the achievement of major global health goals. Ranging from the overarching health objectives of the Millennium Development Goals to the more focused objectives of the many specific global health programs (such as those for control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria), and from disease elimination/eradication programs to those fighting non-communicable diseases, success is dependent on having health systems capable of effectively and efficiently performing critical functions and delivering essential services….
Health system strengthening has become a recognized priority for achieving major public health goals such as those identified by disease-specific global health initiatives for HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, malaria, childhood immunizations, and others.
The contribution that strengthening of public health systems makes to strengthening health systems in general has been inadequately described.
To guide its support of public health in low- and middle-income countries around the world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposes to prioritize its investments on strengthening six key public health functions that would contribute the most towards health systems strengthening efforts as a whole and have the greatest impact on improving the public's health...”
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