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Cost Recovery or Community Recovery? Rehabilitating Local Health Services in the Aftermath of Conflict and War

Deely, Sean (2005) Cost Recovery or Community Recovery? Rehabilitating Local Health Services in the Aftermath of Conflict and War. PhD thesis, University of York.

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This thesis addresses the chronic failure of health service provision in conflict-affected developing countries, with specific ~eference to Somalia. It reviews the main arguments on how these ·seryices shoul~ be sustained: on the one hand, that these countries lack the resources to provide essential services and that the solution is' through vastly increased financial assistance, and the opposing view that aid has consistently failed to produce improvements in service provision and the solution is for health services to become 'selffinancing' through the imposition of user-fees. The thesis examines the effe~t~veness of cost recovery approaches employed by governments particularly in the context of structural . , adjustment and analyses their impact on the health and well-being of people in African countries in terms of reduced access -to health services,· indebtedness and increased morbidity. The thesis develops an alternative model for sustaining health services supported by the National Red Crescent Society in Somalia, which has been field tested in the Puntland region of Somalia. The new model is based on local empowerment to participate in the management of the community health service, and adopts financing modalities based on local coping capacities, seasonal income flows and user involvement in decision making about' priority services and treatments, and sustaining the service. By empowering people to identify the broader causes of ill-health and to address these causes within the terms of the social and political context that determines their health stafus, the approach goes beyond dealing with the immediate causes of their illness, and supports collective mobilization to address deeper structural causes of sickness and in·health.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.485349
Depositing User: EThOS Import (York)
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 17:16
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 17:16
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11058

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