Historical development of health systems in the Arab countries: a review
AbstractIn the first of 5 papers about health systems and services in the Arab countries, the historical development of health systems over the past 3 decades is reviewed. The evolution of health care has been impressive with major strides accomplished by governments to improve the health status of their respective population. However, the progress has been uneven in view of the differentials in resources and opportunities. This development was made possible through the implementation of national social and economic development agendas. Most of the Arab countries adopted the declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978. The United Nations agencies and especially the World Health Organization have expanded support to all the Arab countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Key challenges to health systems remain. Member States are encouraged to address these challenges in concert with all concerned stakeholders. Efforts are needed to promote the centrality of health in comprehensive socioeconomic development
Kronfol, N.M. (2012). Historical development of health systems in the Arab countries: a review. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118493
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (11), 1151-1156, 2012
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