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Innovative Spending: what should money be spent on to make global health innovations more effective in developing countries?

Mugwagwa, J

DSA Conference 2015

Bath, UK

September 7 – 8 2015

Delivering effective healthcare to people in developing countries is a perennial challenge, hence the unending search for, and implementation of creative or innovative ways of spending money and other resources that are available for health. From creation of policy and practice space for medical facilities run separately or collectively by public, private and civil society stakeholders; generation, consolidation and use of disease surveillance data at district, provincial and national levels; to empowering rural communities in shaping health delivery options – the quest to do more with less continues unabated. Based on an on-­-going three-­-year project and drawing on evidence emerging from interviews with key stakeholders located at various points within and around health systems, observations and document reviews, this paper presents and discusses some innovations in health-­- spending from South Africa and Zimbabwe. The presentation will also ask a number of inter-­-related theory, policy and practice questions, among others, how such innovations get embedded in health systems, how they can be/are cushioned from internal and external shocks, whether there are any back-­-up mechanisms, and who is liable when such innovations fail?

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