Health service planning contributes to policy dialogue around strengthening district health systems: an example from DR Congo 2008–2013
Good governance for health (part of Strategy 3 of the Framework on Integrated People-Centred Health Services) involves broad, continuous and consultative policy dialogue on crucial health sector issues amongst and between all relevant social, technical and political stakeholders. Ideally, policy dialogue should also be based on the best available evidence. This paper demonstrates how building and maintaining data and evidence on relevant health sector issues, in this case the essential health services package in DRC, can contribute to rational policy dialogue over a sustained period of time.
This case study from DR Congo demonstrates how rational operational planning based on a health systems strengthening strategy (HSSS) can contribute to policy dialogue over several years. It explores the operationalization of a national strategy at district level by elucidating a normative model district resource plan which details the resources and costs of providing an essential health services package at district level ...