Strengthening Health Systems Governance in Latin American Countries - Phase I

After several decades of dictatorship, political unrest and economic crisis, Latin American countries are experiencing relative stability. However, the region is still the most unequal in the world, and there is evidence of growing prosperity and increasing inequality. This project seeks to improve the governance of health systems by designing and implementing a system to monitor healthcare inequalities, and promote accountability and transparency. Collaborating teams of academics, policymakers and civil society groups from Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia will share the knowledge gained in their own practice and identify ways of improving health system governance and equity. The teams will use the Benchmarks of Fairness (BMF) approach to monitor and evaluate the equity and accountability of various health policies. Since proper use of the BMF method requires cooperation on the part of the ultimate users of the data (locally elected officials, health authorities, civil society groups), the researchers hypothesize that BMF may become a vehicle for improving governance in the health sector. If so, other versions of the approach may be developed for other sectors.

Project ID

103887

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

End Date

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 527,205

Countries

Brazil, South America, Colombia, Guatemala, North and Central America

Program

Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Flores, Walter

Institution

Corporación para la Salud Integral Grupo Guillermo Fergusson

Institution Country

Colombia

Project Leader

Flores, Walter

Institution

Fundación Centro de Documentación e Investigación Maya

Institution Country

Guatemala

Institution Website

http://www.fundacioncedim.org

Project Leader

Di Negri, Armando

Project Leader

Flores, Walter

Institution

Associação Hospitalar Moinhos de Vento

Institution Country

Brazil

Institution Website

http://www.moinhos.net