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Organisational Capacity Building in Health Systems

1st Edition

By Niyi Awofeso


304 pages

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Capacity building – which focuses on understanding the obstacles that prevent organisations from realising their goals, while promoting those features that help them to achieve measurable and sustainable results – is vital to improve the delivery of health care in both developed and developing countries. Organisations are important structural building blocks of health systems because they provide platforms for delivery of curative and preventive health services, and facilitate health workforce financing and functions.

Organisational capacity building involves more than training and equipment and this book discusses management capacity to restructure systems, structures and roles strategically to optimise organisational performance in healthcare. Examining the topic in a practical and comprehensive way, Organisational Capacity Building in Health Systems is divided into five parts, looking at:

  • What health organisations are and do
  • Management and leadership in health organisations
  • How to build capacity in health systems
  • Building capacity in a range of health system contexts
  • Dealing with challenges in building capacity and evaluating work

Looking at how to effectively design, implement and evaluate organisational capacity building initiatives, this book is ideal for public health, health promotion and health management researchers, students and practitioners.

Table of Contents

Theme 1: Theories, Typology, and Functions of Organisations Prologue Chapter 1. Evolution of Capacity Building in Health Systems Chapter 2. Health Systems Chapter 3. Theories of Health Organisations Chapter 4. Structures and Functions of Health Organisations Theme 2: Management of Health Organisations Chapter 5. Management Prescribed, Observed and Interpreted Chapter 6. Leadership and Health Organisations Theme 3: Capacity building in Health Systems: General Overview Chapter 7. Capacity Building in the Health Sector: Conceptual Framework Chapter 8. Intervention Points for Effective Capacity Building in Health Systems Theme 4: Capacity Building in Health System Contexts Chapter 9. Capacity Building for Communicable Diseases Control Chapter 10. Capacity Building for Non-communicable Diseases Control Chapter 11. Capacity Building for Health Systems Research Chapter 12. Capacity Building for Health Workforce & Services Delivery Chapter 13. Capacity Building for Reducing Maternal Mortality Chapter 14. Capacity Building for Facilitating Optimal Resource Allocation to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Chapter 15. Capacity Building for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Chapter 16. Capacity Building for Efficient Health Care Delivery to Prisoners Chapter 17. Capacity Building for Improved Occupational Health and Safety Chapter 18. Capacity Building for Improving Mental Health Service Delivery Theme 5: Addressing Obstacles, and Evaluating Capacity Building Activities in the Health Systems Chapter 19. Challenges Encountered in Health Systems’ Capacity Building Chapter 20. Assessing the Impacts of Organisational Capacity Building in Health Systems Epilogue

About the Author

Niyi Awofeso is Professor in the School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, and Conjoint Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Public Health

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Public Health