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Everybody business - strengthening health systems to improve health outcomes: WHO’s framework for action.

World Health Organization; World Health Organization WHO Resources WHO Global Strategies and Action Plans 2007 Policy document 978 92 4 159607 7 health service, health system

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This Framework for Action addresses the urgent need to improve the performance of health systems. It is issued at the midpoint in the countdown to 2015, the year given so much significance and promise by the Millennium Declaration and its Goals. On present trends, the health-related Goals are the least likely to be met, despite the availability of powerful drugs, vaccines and other tools to support their attainment.

The primary aim of this Framework for Action is to clarify and strengthen WHO’s role in health systems in a changing world. WHO staff, working at all levels of the Organization, are its principal audience, but basic concepts, including the fundamental “building blocks” of health systems, should prove useful to policy-makers within countries and in other agencies.