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Standards and Guidelines Development

A core component in health systems strengthening is developing, adapting and disseminating up-to-date, evidence-based health standards and guidelines for comprehensive health services. Implemented effectively, appropriate standards and guidelines can lead to improved quality of service delivery and ultimately the reduction of long-term disability and death in the most vulnerable populations. In the context of health care, two types of guidelines exist at the national level: policy guidelines and service delivery guidelines. In developing and implementing standards and guidelines, a participatory approach that fosters in-country involvement and “ownership” has been shown effective in the overall process of health systems strengthening. Read more