New Dichotomy in Health Systems Strengthening?
What Can We Learn from Ethiopia?
WFPHA The Journal of Public Health Policy publishes a report of the first working group of the High-Level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems (Taskforce). It "reveals two different approaches to health systems strengthening (HSS) in low-income countries (LICs). One approach, developed by the WHO, is a plan for more health centres, staffed with ‘classic’ health workers: physicians, nurses and midwives. The other approach, has been developed by the World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. The ‘Marginal Budgeting for Bottlenecks (MBB) approach’, as it is called, requires more health posts and health workers with more basic training."