Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies
Author(s): Amgad Hamdi
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the health system consists of all the organizations, institutions, resources and people whose primary purpose is to promote, restore and/or maintain health; and that such system needs staff, funds, information, supplies, transport, communications and overall guidance and direction to function. The actions of the health system should be responsive and financially fair, while treating people respectably. Also, a good health system is one that contributes to improving people’s lives tangibly day after day, where the primary responsibility for the overall performance of a national health system rests with the government. WHO also emphasizes that strengthening health systems and making them more equitable is one of the basic strategies for combating poverty and promoting development.
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