January 26, 2010

Lessons For A Stronger Institutional Framework In The Global Health System

This week PLoS Medicine publishes the last in a four-part series of policy papers examining the ways in which global health institutions and arrangements are changing and evolving.

In this fourth paper, Suerie Moon (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA) and colleagues argue that an effective global health system must accomplish at least five core functions: agenda-setting; financing and resource allocation; research and development; implementation and delivery; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. They discuss ways to improve each of these five functional areas, consider the implications for the role of the World Health Organization (WHO), and make recommendations for future action.

Funding: This work was supported by a grant to the Institutional Innovations in Global Health project by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (US) under its ''Acting in Time'' program. Additional support was received from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (US). The funders had no role in the decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing Interests: Suerie Moon has been a consultant for UNITAID and WHO.

Citation: Moon S, Szlezak NA, Michaud CM, Jamison DT, Keusch GT, et al. (2010) The Global Health System: Lessons for a Stronger Institutional Framework. PLoS Med 7(1): e1000193. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000193


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