What Some Experts Have to Say

According to some experts in the field of global public health and integration, building on existing facilities and expertise to improve the continuum of care for communities can be more cost effective, require less staff training and fewer overall additional resources. See what is being said about the already on-going exceptional work happening in many communities around the world with integration. [i]

Marieta de Vos, executive director of Mosaic in South Africa, provides comprehensive services like HIV and reproductive health services for victims of gender-based violence. She says that “coordination at a local level is critical,” and recommends starting integration at the local level to connect separate but related resources to coordinate focus on shared target populations. [i]

Drasko Kostovski of HERA in Macedonia works to improve sexual and reproductive health rights for the people of Macedonia, focusing on young people and the most at-risk populations.  Drasko stresses the importance of staying in touch with the specifically stated needs of the target population so that services can maintain focus on meeting them.  According to him, integration does not need to be a massive structural change and organizations should “integrate whatever you have”. [i]

Elizabeth Castillo of Profamilia in Colombia reinforces that huge resources are not necessary for integration and that the process can begin on a small scale, using the available resources and services.  She also states the importance of broadening the definition of health to include a wider variety of health issues.[i]