de Savigny 2009 Systems Thinking HS Strengthening

Title Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening
Format Publication
Authors de Savigny, D., Adam, T. (Eds)
Journal Name (if applicable) N/A
Date Published 2009
Open Access Y/N Yes
Hard copy PDF Available Y/N Yes
Link http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241563895_eng.pdf
Abstract Many practitioners may dismiss systems thinking as too complicated or unsuited for any practical purpose or application.While the pressures and dynamics of actual situations may block or blur the systems perspective, we argue that the timing for applying such an approach has never been better. Many developing countries are looking to scale-up "what works" through major systems strengthening investments. With leadership, conviction and commitment, systems thinking can accelerate the strengthening of systems better able to produce health with equity and deliver interventions to those in need.