These weaknesses can be strengthened by civil society

Not surprisingly, where health system coverage has decreased under market-led reforms, civil society organizations have become more vocal about unmet health needs or new 'health gaps'. Membership-based organizations have increasingly served to highlight the needs of social groups with a long legacy of poor service access or use. Examples include migrant workers, farm workers, female-headed households, seasonal labour and adolescents.

New voices have been added as trade unions, women's groups, residents' associations, disabled people's organizations and other groups have been pressured by members to tackle the declining quality of care or the increasing costs of services, or to deal with emerging problems such as HIV/AIDS.


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