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

Journal Article
(Published October, 2013)
Stender, S.C. (Author),
Christensen, A. (Author)
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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.

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Stender SC, Christensen A. Patient-centered primary health care: synergy potential for health systems strengthening. The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2013;17(10 Suppl 1):15-21