Schools of public health in low and middle-income countries: an imperative investment for improving the health of populations?

by Fauziah Rabbani, Leah Shipton†, Franklin White et al.
BMC Public Health, 2016 16:941 – Published: 7 September 2016

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Schools of Public Health (SPHs) in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) can contribute to overcoming several public health challenges being faced by LMICs, including achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). Most importantly they can develop cadres of competent and well-motivated public health professionals: educators, practitioners and researchers who ask questions that address fundamental health determinants, seek solutions as agents of change within their mandates, provide specific services and serve as advocates for multilevel partnerships. Funding support, human resources, and agency are unfortunately often limited or curtailed in LMICs, and this requires constructive collaboration between LMICs and counterpart institutions from high income countries.

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