Planning sustainable community health schemes in rural areas of developing countries


Smith, Honora K., Harper, Paul R., Potts, Chris N. and Thyle, Ann (2009) Planning sustainable community health schemes in rural areas of developing countries. European Journal of Operational Research, 193, (3), 768-777. (doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2007.07.031).

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In this research, we consider the planning of community health schemes by non-governmental or faith-based organisations in rural areas of developing countries, from both top-down and ground level viewpoints. We conclude that both types of planning approach are valid and necessary for sustainability of such developments. With top-down planning in mind, we describe our hierarchical models especially designed for location of community health facilities, with objectives pertaining to both efficiency and equity of provision. As an additional case study, we present modelling of the location of a maximal number of self-sustainable primary healthcare workers in a rural region of India.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0377-2217 (print)
Keywords: OR in developing countries, location, OR in health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Mathematics > Operational Research
ePrint ID: 149835
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 08:46
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:09
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/149835

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