An Introduction to Health Planning for Developing Health Systems (3rd Revised edition)

An Introduction to Health Planning for Developing Health Systems (3rd Revised edition)

By: Andrew Green (author)Paperback

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Health planning is a critical component when responding to the health needs of low and middle income countries, characterised by particularly stringent resource constraints. The major communicable diseases such as AIDS, TB and malaria often appear in parallel with growing non-communicable diseases including heart disease and diabetes, and yet resources are often less than the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation for basic health care. The new edition of this well-respected text explains the importance of health planning in both developing regions such as Africa, and those in transition, such as Central and Eastern Europe. It stresses the importance of understanding the national and international context in which planning occurs, and provides an up to date analysis of the major current policy issues, including health reforms. Separate chapters are dedicated to the distinct issues of finance for health care and human resource planning. The various techniques used at each stage of the planning process are explained, starting with the situational analysis and then looking in turn at priority-setting, option appraisal, programming, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The book ends by examining the challenges facing planners in the 21st century, particularly in the light of growing globalisation. A major theme of the book is the need to recognise and reconcile the inevitable tension that lies between value judgements and 'rational' decision-making. As such, in addition to introducing techniques such as costing and economic appraisal, it also outlines techniques such as stakeholder analysis for understanding the relative attitudes and power of different groups in planning decisions. Each chapter includes a comprehensive bibliography (including key websites), a summary, and exercises to help the reader practise techniques and better understand the content. The book argues that all health professionals and community groups should be involved in the planning process for it to be effective, and will therefore appeal to anyone involved in planning.

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About Author

Andrew Green has been at the University of Leeds since 1983, where he carries out research and teaching in the areas of planning, policy, systems, and economics, within the health sector of low to middle income countries. He also provides policy advice to national governments on health systems and has worked in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe.


1. What is planning, and why plan? ; 2. Approaches to planning ; 3. The policy context ; 4. Planning for health ; 5. Financing health-care ; 6. Information for planning ; 7. Situational analysis ; 8. Setting priorities ; 9. Costs and costing ; 10. Option appraisal and evaluation ; 11. Resource allocation and budgeting ; 12. Programmes, projects, implementation and monitoring ; 13. Planning human resources ; 14. The future of planning and planning for the future

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/01/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780198571346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 428
  • ID: 9780198571346
  • weight: 643
  • ISBN10: 0198571348
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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