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

12 pp. 517 kB

The Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005–2008) strengthened the case for Schools of Public Health (SPHs) in Low and Middle-income Countries (LMICs) as key stakeholders in efforts to reduce global health inequities. This scoping review groups text into public health challenges faced by LMICs and the role of SPHs in addressing these challenges. The challenges faced by LMICs include rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, unfair terms of global trade, limited capacity for equitable growth, mass displacements associated with conflicts and natural disasters, and universal health coverage. To address these contextual challenges effectively, SPHs are offering broad based health professional education, conducting multidisciplinary population based research and fostering collaborative partnerships. SPHs are also looked upon as the key drivers to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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