n South African Medical Journal - Health systems science can learn from medicine's evidence revolution : guest editorial

Volume 104, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Can tuberculosis be cured? Yes. Can we eradicate polio? Definitely. So why are these diseases still out there, causing suffering and hastening death? Why do proven, effective interventions stop short of achieving their potential? Because weak health systems - the combination of actors, institutions, policies and resources that strive to improve population health - prevent well-intentioned policies from being translated into population benefits. The problem is that there is little useful evidence to help policy makers decide how to make their health systems stronger - or even to gauge what 'stronger' really means.

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