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Hospitals as complex adaptive systems

A feature of complex systems is that interventions frequently produce unexpected or unpredictable outcomes. To what extent do you think the behaviour of health staff at county level in this …

The national health planning cycle

In this video a recent review of priority-setting processes in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) was recommended (Hipgrave et al. 2014) – the paper is provided in the reference list below …

Health system interventions to address inequities

What approaches have different health systems taken to address equity? The report An Asia Pacific Spotlight on Health Inequities (Friel & Loring, 2011) provides a good overview of what countries …

Inequities and global development frameworks

Global frameworks and strategies discussed in the video now influence many interventions to address health inequities. Can you think of a public health initiative in your community/region which aimed to …

Exploring financial barriers to health care

“We are not allowed to get sick anymore because we have to pay for medication… what with?” An older man, Zenica, Bosnia and Hercegovina (excerpt from Narayan et al., 2000, …

The state of inequality

We know that a conscious effort is needed to address inequities to see further progress in health outcomes. A recognised shortcoming of the Millennium Development Goals was the failure to …

Equity and health systems

Equity is all about fairness. As we begin to look at the question of equity in health systems, it is important to remind ourselves that not all societies, and not …