In recent years a number of specific strategies for improving health services and strengthening health systems have been consistently advocated. In order to advise governments, WHO commissioned this exploratory study to examine more closely the track record of these strategies in 12 low income countries. Data were gathered primarily from reviews of existing materials and interviews with key informants. Findings were reviewed at a consultation in July 2005. This paper presents the main findings and conclusions.
Making Health Systems Work: Working Paper No. 5, Department of Health Policy, Development and Services, Evidence and Information for Policy, Geneva: World Health Organization, 29 pp.