the positive features of partnerships between civil society and
the health sector?
Such partnerships can be mutually reinforcing. Attention must
be paid to the quality of the partnership, the transparency and
flow of information, and the decision-making processes that take
place within the partnership.
society involvement make any difference to equity in health?
Equity outcomes are influenced by social power and capabilities,
which are weakest among those with the greatest health needs.
These weaknesses can be strengthened by civil society. This is
particularly important in relation to allocating health resources.
Effective civil participation requires the existence of mutually
trusted and transparent mechanisms for allocating resources.
Communities must have some level of local control over health
resources but with support for the poor so that they can exercise
their demands effectivly.
society make health services more responsive to communities?
Civil groups have organized people around patient rights and
communities in order to identify their concerns about health
services and to discuss them in joint health service-civil committees.
Civic organizations can monitor excesses and corruption within
health institutions and can bring these to state-civil fora,
where they are trusted, to remedy the problems. They can also
use other remedies outside the health system.
the potential for success in civil society-health sector interactions?
Positive features exist within civil society, within health organizations
and within health sector-civil interactions. There are also risks
on both sides, which can be managed if the benefits are clear
action for health, policy accountability, vertical equity, resource
allocation, fiscal decentralization, social funds, quality of
care, patient rights