Social Participation in Health in the Mercosur

The Instituto de la Salud, Medio Ambiente, Economia y Sociedad (ISALUD), with support from IDRC, organized two regional workshops in 2004 and 2005 to discuss the relevance and status of social participation in health in the countries belonging to the Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur). Following the first workshop, the participating stakeholders (decision-makers, academics and representatives of civil society organizations and other agencies) expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at strengthening citizenship in the health sector. They noted the need for a baseline study on the current status of social participation in health in the region, and developed a proposal for one during the second workshop. This grant will allow teams of stakeholders in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay to analyze patterns of social participation in health in the four countries, and develop an evaluation framework and tools for assessing the extent to which social participation can have a positive impact on health systems. The tools and lessons learned will be shared at a regional forum and contribute toward the establishment of an observatory of citizen participation in health.

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Start Date

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


24 months

IDRC Officer

Bazzani, Roberto

Total funding

CA$ 408,000


Argentina, South America, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, North and Central America


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

La Palma, Antonio Ismael


Instituto de la Salud, Medio Ambiente, Economía y Sociedad

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