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Right to have Personal Health Budgets

Personal health budgets were introduced in England in 2014 (firstly as a pilot scheme) to engage with users of the National Health Service, with long-term conditions and disabilities, and give them greater control, over the healthcare they receive. These personal health budgets seek to place the user at the centre of decision-making and thus allow them to tailor resource allocation to their needs. The user and their healthcare team create a care plan stating their needs, the amount of resources available and their healthcare goals.

Coordination institutionnelle et socles de protection sociale

Uruguayan Social Cabinet for Intersectoral Coordination is one example of horizontal coordination. The Cabinet is presided by the Ministry of Social Development and brings together the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Education and Culture, Labour and Social Security, Public Health, Tourism and Sport, and Housing, Land Management and the Environment. The structure is tasked with creating and institutionalizing inter-sectoral linkages amongst the aforementioned important central-level bodies.

EFA global monitoring report

An example of early-stage interventions comes from Bangladesh, where the importance of targeting children in remote and rural areas in a proactive manner has been understood. A situational analysis identified ten different categories of exclusion-prone children. Based on these findings, the country developed an Action Plan that runs in addition to the traditional educational programs but seeks to enhance the inclusion of such vulnerable populations.

An exploratory look at public sector innovation in GCC countries

Research into individual innovation cases allows for comparisons and generalisations to be made. In 2011, NESTA in the United Kingdom piloted a survey attempting to identify the most important sources of innovation in the national public sector, targeting members of the National Health Service (NHS) and local government organisations. A similar approach was taken by the EU Innobarometer in 2010 and when the two surveys are compared, a broadly similar distribution of innovation sources was revealed. Through the analysis of individual innovation cases, patterns were identified.

United Nations e-government survey 2014

The “Mwana” project in Zambia, launched in 2010 with support from the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, has reduced delays in transmitting results from HIV test laboratories to health facilities via instant SMS message from 66 days to 33 on average in the country’s rural and underserved communities. In addition to strengthening early infant diagnosis and improving the rate of postnatal follow-up, Mwana proved successful in engaging with local health workers and service users in the co-design of m-health information services.

A policy guide for implementing essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH)

Put in place in various jurisdictions around the world, the Multidimensional Continuum of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) is another example in this regard.

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