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Strengthening church and government partnerships for primary health care delivery in Papua New Guinea: Lessons from the international experience

Judith Ascroft, Rohan Sweeney, Margareth Samei, Irene Semos, Chris Morgan

Abstract

This paper draws lessons from partnerships between church and government health service providers in low-and-middle-income countries to contribute to strengthening the partnership between church and government providers in Papua New Guinea.

A literature review of published peer-reviewed grey literature examined: - How primary health care service provision by church-based organisations differs to that of government - The characteristics of arrangements for governments to engage non-state providers in primary health care service provision

The research revealed important implications for PNG and factors to enhance the partnership, including: - Contracted clearly defined of roles and responsibilities - Enabling remote service providers to reflect local contexts within the framework of national policies - Assured funding commitments from government coupled with improved transparency in church financial reporting - Collaboration in policy development, planning and implementation of agreed standards - Using the church sector’s strength in training health workers to improve human resource management - Acknowledging and managing the differences in culture and style - Incorporating support from other development partners or church health networks.

Publication

  • Journal: Health Policy and Health Finance Knowledge Hub: Working Paper 16
  • Published: 01/12/2011

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