Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
AKUKWE, Chinua. Community participation in international health: practical recommendations for donor and recipient organizations. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1999, vol.5, n.3, pp. 137-143. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891999000300001.
This article discusses the need for donor agencies and recipient organizations to involve target communities in the conceptualization, development, monitoring, and implementation of health services and programs in international health. This paper assumes that most donor organizations are based in industrialized countries. Given that resources are finite in both developing and developed countries, the article briefly reviews the current trend of declining public funds for health systems and an increasing role for privately funded health services worldwide. The article calls for community-based international health services that reflect the priorities of target populations, and it also discusses practi cal steps to involve local populations in community-based health planning and management in international health.