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Planning sustainable community health schemes in rural areas of developing countries

Smith, H. K., Harper, Paul Robert ORCID:, Potts, C. N. and Thyle, A. 2009. Planning sustainable community health schemes in rural areas of developing countries. European Journal of Operational Research 193 (3) , pp. 768-777. 10.1016/j.ejor.2007.07.031

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In this research, we consider the planning of community health schemes by non-governmental or faith-based organisations in rural areas of developing countries, from both top-down and ground level viewpoints. We conclude that both types of planning approach are valid and necessary for sustainability of such developments. With top-down planning in mind, we describe our hierarchical models especially designed for location of community health facilities, with objectives pertaining to both efficiency and equity of provision. As an additional case study, we present modelling of the location of a maximal number of self-sustainable primary healthcare workers in a rural region of India.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Uncontrolled Keywords: OR in developing countries; Location; OR in health
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0377-2217
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 07:48

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