Working together for a better future

Whittaker, Maxine and Thomason, Jane (2009) Working together for a better future. PNG Medical Journal, 52 3-4: 179-186.

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Author Whittaker, Maxine
Thomason, Jane
Title Working together for a better future
Journal name PNG Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-1480
Publication date 2009-09-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Volume 52
Issue 3-4
Start page 179
End page 186
Total pages 8
Place of publication Goroka, EHP Papua New Guinea
Publisher Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this review we reflect upon the papers within this focus issue of the Papua New
Guinea Medical Journal on the theme of health system strengthening, and provide a
summary of lessons learnt and ways forward from the lessons and experiences of the
past. Priority areas have been identified for consideration by the health sector and its
various players and stakeholders moving forward, particularly in the context of the next
National Health Plan. The imperative need to focus on the basics is emphasized: to
make sure that key health interventions are implemented; that health workers have
requisite skills and are placed where services are needed; that there is an
uncompromising focus on ensuring, by whatever means, that the essential logistical
elements are there to enable the health worker to provide the interventions; that key
messages are communicated to, and provide support for, communities to attend care
and practise health-promoting behaviours; and that population coverage is increased.
The need for a long-term, systematic approach to getting the basics in place is essential.
In developing and implementing this approach, caution needs to be taken with regard to
confusion between means and ends. It is important to maintain focus on the desired
outcome – improved health of Papua New Guineans; and to use, but not be distracted
by, the means for getting there – including the various health sector reforms being
implemented. It is essential to identify and focus on ways in which the existing capacity
within the system can be harnessed, and to ensure that the environment supports the
effective and efficient use of existing capacities. The capacity of the health sector – and
the careful, measured use of partnerships – to extend service delivery to underserved
populations is discussed in broad terms.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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