Brookings Report Examines Health Governance Capacity In 18 Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Brookings Institution: Figure of the week: Findings from the Brookings Health Governance Capacity report
Amy Copley, research analyst and project coordinator for the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, discusses findings from a new Brookings report on health governance capacity and enhancing private sector investment in global health to strengthen health systems and promote research and development. Copley notes, “[T]he report examines the quality of health care governance in 18 low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia along five dimensions: health management capacity, health policies, health regulations, health infrastructure and financing, and health systems. Using data on 25 indicators related to these dimensions, the study finds that the factors that can enable greater private sector investment in public health are: ‘improving transparency, strengthening management capacity, lowering tariffs on incoming medical products to the extent that is fiscally possible, expediting regulatory reviews of new drugs, building effective health infrastructure, and increasing appropriately-targeted and efficient public spending on health care'” (4/7).