ERIC Number: ED319533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Bamako Initiative: Primary Health Care Experience. Children in the Tropics: Review of the International Children's Centre.
Knippenberg, Rudolph; And Others
Children in the Tropics, n184-185 1990
During the 1987 World Health Organization's Regional Assembly, the Ministers of Health of the African States launched the Bamako Initiative, an effort aimed at reorganizing the health system to ensure universal, permanent accessibility of maternal and child health services. Three conditions were initially seen as necessary for success: improvement of service effectiveness, minimization of service costs, and assurance of service sustainability. Two West African countries, Benin and Guinea, started the process of implementing such a policy at a national level in 1986, even before the Bamako Initiative had been formulated as a strategy. This issue of "Children in the Tropics" presents reports of these two countries' experience with the Bamako Initiative, focusing on the strategies selected, field implementation, responsibilities at each level of organization, and the lessons learned in the course of work. Background information on the initiative is followed by discussion of: (1) the reorganization of primary health care in Benin and Guinea; (2) the process of increasing the effectiveness of primary health care; (3) minimization of the costs of primary health care; (4) assured sustainability of primary health care; (5) logistical support; (6) training and supervision; and (7) an information and management system for primary health care. Schedules, registers, cost lists, charts, and forms are included. (RH)
Descriptors: Children, Community Role, Cost Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Information Systems, Management Systems, Mothers, Primary Health Care, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Supervision, Training
"Children in the Tropics," International Children's Centre, Chateau de Longchamp, Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, France ($12.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: International Children's Centre, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Benin; Guinea