Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
ARAUJO, José Duarte de. An appraisal of the health planning method proposed by the Pan-American Health Organization for Latin America. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1972, vol.6, n.4, pp. 305-315. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101972000400001.
A brief description of the main features of the health planning technique developed by the "Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo" (CENDES) in Venezuela, and proposed by the Pan-American Health Organization for use in Latin America, is presented. This presentation is followed by an appraisal of the planning method which includes comments both upon its positive aspects and upon its negative points. Comments are also made referring to other recent publications of the WHO/PAHO on health planning. In conclusion, the CENDES technique is considered a health planning method of great potential for use especially in underdeveloped areas, the success of its application depending upon the hability of the health planners to introduce the necessary modifications to adapt to the local circunstamces.
Keywords : Health and welfare planning; Pan-American Health Organization; Latin America.