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Open Access Patient-centered primary health care: synergy potential for health systems strengthening

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Abstract:

The ultimate goal of government health systems is to provide highly effective equitable services that save lives and reduce morbidity and mortality. The pressure to conform to duplicative global and donor initiatives compounds existing challenges to health systems strengthening such as shortages of human resources for health, weak supply chains, inadequate laboratory services and parallel data management systems. This article illustrates how primary health care, as the point of entry into the health care system for the majority of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa, should be strengthened to ensure that individuals and their communities receive essential, holistic care.

Keywords: Africa; HIV; health systems; malaria; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5588/ijtld.13.0356

Affiliations: 1: Jhpiego, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 2: Jhpiego, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Publication date: 2013-10-01

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