Strengthening the role of hospitals in national health systems
Abstract1. Despite efforts made by countries, the situation of hospitals in the African Region is getting worse in both scope and quality of health care. In view of the importance of hospitals in national health systems and the declining trend in hospital performance, it is necessary to review their role. 2. This document responds to requests made during the fifty-second session of the Regional Committee for guidance in strengthening hospitals. 3. The document provides a framework for strengthening the role of hospitals in national health systems. It reaffirms the core functions of hospitals and proposes eight orientations for implementation: (a) hospital development with government stewardship and effective community participation; (b) enhanced collaboration between hospitals and other levels of the health system; (c) development of human resources for health; (d) quality of care as central to hospital development; (e) improved hospital financing mechanisms; (f) improved organization and management of hospitals; (g) improved responsiveness; (h) collaboration between traditional medicine and hospitals.
Regional Committee for Africa, 53. (2011). Strengthening the role of hospitals in national health systems. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1944
AFR-RC53-9 Rev. 1