Research project This proposal is located in the field of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR), with a specific focus on the strengthening of community-based health systems.
Innovations in the community-based health system have the potential to improve access to health and health care but also have to address the underlying problems in this system – such as fragmented management and delivery, poor integration with local health facilities, and weak community participation. Over the last decades, low and middle-income countries (LMIC) that have achieved the most significant gains in health status have invested heavily in the base of their health system – through primary health care and community-based strategies. Similarly, in high-income countries, ageing populations with multifaceted health needs have shifted thinking away from hospi-centric and curative approaches towards more flexible and person-centred models of primary care focused on continuity and maximizing wellbeing. Across the globe, the human resource crisis and the growing acceptance of “task shifting” as a concept has seen the emergence of lay involvement in health care systems – whether as expert patient, volunteer or as more formalised community health workers. Community-based strategies have become an integral part of maternal- child health, malaria and HIV/AIDS programmes in LMIC, and increasingly for marginalized and hard to reach populations in high income countries. Capacity building is an essential in collaborative research projects between institutions globally. The aim is to increase the number of researchers who can perform high quality research of global health relevance. This serves to improve health of populations and strengthen research institutions ´abilities to engage in policy making. Doctoral and Post-doctoral training has become an essential part of public health research environments. Consolidation of efforts to increase exchange between public health institutions as well as the development of excellent doctoral training programs will continue to carry fruit in years to come. It is a crucial step to ensure vibrant research environments in public health and form part of South Africa´s and Sweden´s contribution to the development of health policy and systems research.
Finansår , 2018, 2019, 2020
huvudman: Anna-Karin Hurtig, finansiar: STINT, y2018: 200, y2019: 200, y2020: 200,