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A healthy peace ? Rehabilitation and development of the health sector in "post" - conflict situations

Objective



Conflict constitutes a direct and indirect threat to health in many developing countries. War also exacerbates and deepens many of the structural problems - of financing, organisation and management of health resources - common to health systems globally. The changes in the political, economic and social environments engendered bY conflict persist long after relative peace has been secured and continue to threaten health development. Populations making the difficult transition to peace are therefore likely to suffer a particularly high burden of ill-health and to have a reduced access to effective and equitable health systems. Rehabilitation of the health system is likely to show an important social and economic return, yet experience has shown that inappropriate rehabilitation strategies may serve to deepen rather than reverse the negative legacies of war on the heatlh system.
The purpose of this comparative study is to identify strategies which would provide a basis for sustainable and developmental rehabilitation of the health sector, with particular reference to the control, prevention and treatment of malaria, Stds and childhood diseases. By studying the development and outcomes of policies and programmes in two countries, Ethiopia and El Salvador, it aims to provide insights into the process of policy-making and implementation in these resource poor and unstable settings, and to identify the constraints to and potential for effective service delivery for these specific disease groups. The process and methodologies embraced by the research, together with its specific findings are likely to be of relevance both in the specific areas studies, and in other conflict-affected countries. By combining techniques of policy analysis with those of epidemiology and health systems analysis, the research aims to identify how the context and process of policy-making influences the technical content of specific disease control programmes.

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LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom
 

Participants (3)

Addis Abeba University
Ethiopia
Address
Sidist Kilo Campus
2003 Addis-abeba
 
Escuela Andaluza de Salud Publica
Spain
Address
2070,Apartado De Correos
18080 Granada
 
UNIVERSIDAD CENTRO-AMERICANA JOSE SIMEON CANAS
El Salvador
Address
Blvd. Los Próceres Y Col. Jardines De Guadalupe
Antiguo Cuscatlan