Health systems can be defined by their goals (e.g. good health, responsiveness, fairness - World Health Report 2000) and functions (e.g. services, workforce, information, products, financing, leadership - WHO, 2007. Strengthening health systems to improve health outcomes, WHO's framework for action). Strengthening health systems comprises a vast array of interventions, with an equally wide variation of effects on the final objectives of a health system. Interventions discussed on this website focus on specific elements: on health care systems and on health care delivery. In our view, the objective of strong health care systems is to provide satisfying responses to people's felt needs by the provision of accessible and acceptable comprehensive care. Such a health care system is expected to foster trust relations between services and community, and to increase chances of success for integrated health promotion and prevention. We focus on critical factors affecting the access to adequate..
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