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Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (112)

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What are the implications of low per-capita income on evidence-informed country-level policymaking? 

I would like to suggest the following for discussion:

a. The systematic and transparent use of evidence to inform policy-making is just as important, if not more so, in low-income countries than in high-income countries. Wastage of even small amounts is likely to have greater impacts on public health.

b. Low-expenditure health systems have a correspondingly low capacity for development and implementation of policy: weak institutions; overstretched health workforce; poor capacity for monitoring, data and accountability...

c. The fact that very-low-expenditure health systems can function at all suggests that ways have been found to make the most of very limited resources. This presents both a lesson and a source of learning for higher-income health systems.

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Monday, March 28, 2016
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and current chair of the Dgroups Foundation (  Twitter: @hifa_org   FB:

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