Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
BARILLAS, Edgar. The relationships between organizations for technical cooperation in health and private consulting businesses. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2003, vol.13, n.1, pp. 47-49. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892003000100016.
In recent years, agencies that provide technical cooperation in health have increased their contractual relationships with private consulting entities. This has made it possible to respond in a timely manner to the support needs that countries have, to develop skills at the national level, and to reduce the operating costs for the cooperation agencies. However, these relationships risk moving the cooperation agencies away from generating ideas and new knowledge, which, until recently, was considered one of their essential roles. Contracting with private enterprises will almost certainly increase in the coming years. This makes it worth reviewing the tasks that correspond to the cooperation agencies in this scenario as well as mechanisms to see that these relationships result in the greatest benefit for deprived groups. Actions that can be undertaken immediately include organizing the "structural capital" (such as programs, databases, strategies, and organizational "culture," structure, systems, and procedures) of the technical cooperation agencies, precisely identifying tasks that cannot be delegated, and adequately designing and controlling terms of reference.
Keywords : cooperación técnica; sistemas y servicios de salud.