Health-care reform for the twenty-first century in the South-East Asia Region : Report of the regional meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 20-22 October 2009
AbstractRecognizing that health systems need to respond better and faster to people's demands in a changing world and continuing relevance of primary health care (PHC) and the values of Alma-Ata Declaration, a Regional Meeting on Health-Care Reform for the Twenty-first Century was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 20-22 October 2009. There are many notions of health-care reform. In general, health-care reform is an effort to increase effectiveness, efficiency, accessibility and responsiveness of the health system in order to improve health equity. However, most of the reforms undertaken in general and in developing countries in particular, focus on medical care. Thus, reform in financing of the health-care is directed mostly for achieving universal coverage of the population for curative and rehabilitative care i.e. medical care whereas very little, if any, reforms devoted to improve preventive and promotive care. The regional meeting aimed at to develop consensus on strategies for heath-care reform for the South-East Asia Region; to review and build consensus on a strategic framework for health-care reform; to identify the role of public health institutions and networks in education, training and research for health-care reform, and to identify ways to take forward the strategic framework for health-care reform. The meeting made recommendations for Member States regarding administrative review to ensure improvement in governance and leadership, health infrastructure development, improvement of service delivery, multidisciplinary team and other factors. WHO was asked to support healthy public policy, such as health impact assessments, share health workforce management information, develop a forum to discuss task shifting and develop guidelines, and to support Member States to include NGO/ SEAPHEIN in PHC capacity building.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Health-care reform for the twenty-first century in the South-East Asia Region : Report of the regional meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 20-22 October 2009. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205270
Gov't Doc #SEA-HSD-329
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