It is widely recognized that health systems should not only improve the health status of the population but also protect households from the adverse economic consequences of health shocks.
The recommendations of the Council will be presented and debated with Geneva Health Forum participants before final recommendations are made in a final report to be released at the time of a special intergovernmental and multistakeholder meeting in Doha, Qatar, in the spring of 2010.
These participatory processes have several benefits in terms of increasing awareness of the general public on health issues and raising the level of commitment at the local level to solve the problems themselves.
Burundi’s post-conflict context did not allow the state to manage GHI funding or to predict their effects on HRH. The public sector, perceived as unable to deliver services, was ignored and the focus placed on sub-contracting NGOs.
The crucial issue for health systems strengthening in low-income countries is to expand the health workforce, which requires additional funding for salaries. Classic international aid is not reliable enough to be used for recurrent costs, like salaries.