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Sightsavers' approach to making health services inclusive for everyone

Sightsavers
April 2019

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Sightsavers has produced a new film that sets out our work to make health care services accessible and inclusive for everyone. It focuses on our programmes in Bhopal, India and Nampula, Mozambique. This highlights how we work and share learnings globally, but also shows how programmes can be made locally relevant by working with partners with direct experience.

The film showcases some of the people who work hard to make our inclusive health programmes a success, from Sightsavers experts and government health workers to leaders of disabled people’s organisations.

To find out more our inclusive health work and how we are developing best practice in terms of inclusive health programmes, visit our website: https://www.sightsavers.org/disability/health/

Strengthening mental health system governance in six low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South Asia: challenges, needs and potential strategies

PETERSEN, Inge
et al
February 2017

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The aim of this study was to identify key governance issues that need to be addressed to facilitate the integration of mental health services into general health care in the six participating "Emerald" countries (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda).  The study adopted a descriptive qualitative approach, using framework analysis. Purposive sampling was used to recruit a range of key informants, to ensure views were elicited on all the governance issues within the expanded framework. Key informants across the six countries included policy makers at the national level in the Department/Ministry of Health; provincial coordinators and planners in primary health care and mental health; and district-level managers of primary and mental health care services. A total of 141 key informants were interviewed across the six countries. Data were transcribed (and where necessary, translated into English) and analysed thematically using framework analysis, first at the country level, then synthesised at a cross-country level.

Building for health care: a guide for health planners and architects of first and second level facilities

HOPKINSON, Michael
KOSTERMANS, Kees
1996

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This report looks at the different issues and actions involved in implementing a health care project in Southern Africa. It is divided into 11 sections: 1) introduction; 2) project inception, available infrastructure, needs assessment, civil works and operational costs; 3) project organization, management, planning, and implementation; 4) project brief, including: aims, planning study results, sites, equipment and components, master plans, norms, accommodation and costs, departmental planning policies, operational policy statement, building construction, budget costs, activity schedules, and design brief; 5) hospital design using specific principles and dimensions for different departments; 6) engineering; 7) costs management during construction; 8) planning of health equipment; 9) commissioning; 10) project evaluation; and 11) mistakes and how to avoid them. [Publisher's abstract].

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