The roles of
civil society extend across all dimensions of health systems
Some of these roles are exemplified
in this table.
It would appear from the last
module that health systems are not making the most of their interactions
with civil society. In some cases, this can lead to unnecessary
suspicion or conflict. How can this be changed? How and in what
areas can health personnel build stronger interactions with civil
organizations so that they can move towards health goals they
There are many documented examples
of how civil society organizations have contributed across all
these dimensions of health systems. There are probably a significantly
larger number of undocumented examples. This module discusses
in more detail some specific areas of civic involvement in health
systems, to indicate the approaches that can be used and the
gains that can be achieved.
Civil society can contribute
in a host of ways to public health action. This checklist
indicates some of the types of contribution that we can expect
civil society to make.