Mobilizing Local Resources to Support Health Programs
Increasingly, donors and national governments are asking local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private-sector companies, and communities to take more responsibility for supporting health care programs at the local level. While it is natural to think in terms of funding, there are other equally important material and in kind resources that can be locally mobilized. These can include human resources, space, pharmaceuticals, advocacy, and transportation.
Local resources can significantly contribute to national governments’ and external donors’ efforts to maintain and extend health programs. By identifying and using a full range of local resources, health programs can help build partnerships among public, private, and government sectors; involve individuals and groups in the community; and strengthen and expand health services.