The importance of planning in the health sector has become widely recognized in recent years. Planning involves deciding how resources should be allocated, and determining how to implement these decisions. For developing countries attempting to improve poor levels of health with extremely limited resources, judicious health planning may be critical. This work covers all aspects of planning for health in developing countries. Within the context of a primary health care approach, it emphasizes the many factors that impinge on health, the different non-governmental agencies involved in health activities, and the need for participation in planning by communities. Equity is an important theme throughout the book. The need for combining planning techniques and political analysis is stressed, as is the importance of planning by a wide variety of health professionals in addition to specialist health planners. This important work initiates those with no prior planning experience, as well as qualified health planners, to the problems relevant to developing countries.
About the Author
Andrew Green is Senior lecturer in Health Economics and Head of the International Division of the Nuffield Institute for Health services Studies, University of Leeds. He has over 25 years of experience as a health economics teacher and health-planning consultant in developing countries.
Table of Contents
1. What is Planning and Why Plan?