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Governance of communicable disease control services : a case study and lessons from India, Volume 1
Author:Das Gupta, Monica; Khaleghian, Peyvand; Sarwal, Rakesh; Country:India;
Date Stored:2003/08/30Document Date:2003/07/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Health Systems Development & Reform; Health Economics & Finance; Disease Control & Prevention; Public Health Promotion; National Governance; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; Health Monitoring & Evaluation
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Health and other social services
Region:South AsiaReport Number:WPS3100
Sub Sectors:HealthCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 3100
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors study the impact of governance and administrative factors on communicable disease prevention in the Indian state of Karnataka using survey data from administrators, frontline workers, and elected local representatives. They identify a number of key constraints to the effective management of disease control in India, in misaligned incentives, and the institutional arrangements for service delivery. The authors discuss these under five headings: administrative issues; human resource management; horizontal coordination; decentralization, community involvement, and public accountability; and implementation of public health laws and regulations. They find that India's public health system is configured to be highly effective at top-down reactive work, such as bringing disease outbreaks under control, but not for the more routine collaborations required for proactive disease prevention. The authors conclude with policy recommendations that take into account the complexity of India's system of public administration and the need for simple reforms that can be easily implemented.

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