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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 16 March 2009
Keywords: OR in developing countries, location, OR in health
Organisations: Operational Research


Local EPrints ID: 149835
ISSN: 0377-2217
PURE UUID: 95ecfdf8-7b8e-4ed1-9308-a59a5120b9a5

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Date deposited: 04 May 2010 08:46
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 19:25

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Author: Honora K. Smith
Author: Paul R. Harper
Author: Chris N. Potts
Author: Ann Thyle

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