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Health Service Delivery Models In Rural, Remote Settings Must Account For Local Needs, Focus On Health Promotion

Devex: Opinion: Understanding effective service delivery for rural health care
Sujay Santra, founder and CEO of iKure, and Tirumala Santra Mandal, research and communication analyst at iKure

“…Identifying the key approaches that underpin the success of a [health service] delivery model is essential to ensuring that similar models can be developed elsewhere to deliver high-quality and affordable care. … Given the diversity of rural communities, evidence suggests that no single model can adequately serve the health needs of the community members. … It is necessary to ensure that service delivery model[s] should relate to contexts in which health needs arise and health practitioners operate. … New models, technology implications, and integrated approaches should be a part of [a] well thought out plan that responds to local needs, addresses key determinants of health, and focuses on promotion of health rather than curative treatment alone” (10/31).