Good access to health facilities providing good first-level health care remains problematic in many developing countries.
It is a hindrance to effective and efficient functioning of the hospital, as outpatient departments become overcrowded with patients from areas without health centres.
In many cases the quality of care delivered to these patients is poor because within the district health system the hospital is not the best place for the supply of comprehensive, integrated and continuous care.
Eventually, high hospital involvement in first-level care can jeopardize the delivery of adequate referral care for those patients who desperately need the hospital's technology and expertise.
This paper provides an account of the way this problem was investigated and managed by the district health management team in the Murewa district in north-east Zimbabwe.
The design of a comprehensive'master plan'or'coverage plan'is presented as well as the problems and difficulties encountered.
The Murewa experience highlights the relevance of a coverage plan for rational and coherent health infrastructure planning at district level.
The approach followed by the Murewa team illustrates the use of action research as an integral part of the management of district health systems.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Planification, Santé, Méthodologie, Zimbabwe, Afrique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Planning, Health, Methodology, Zimbabwe, Africa, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0005987
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 21/05/1997.