Social accountability in health

Ségolène de Rouffignac(1), Nicolas Pierre(2), Kelly Tchomba Djuiko(3), Dominique Pestiaux(4) Published in the journal : October 2018 Category : Société et pédagogie

A jeopardized healthcare system, a generation looking for sense in life and work, a growing gap between the population’s needs and health resources... Social accountability is a concept designed to stimulate reflection and action in favor of a health policy that is more coherent, effective, and equitable. Of course, while this responsibility is primarily in the realm of politicians and health managers, it also concerns universities, health professionals, and communities themselves. The scope of application of this accountability is broad: From ecology to health, it is essential to answer the current problems. By fostering dialogue and partnership among the different actors, the solutions should focus on unity for action rather than fragmentation, guided by values of quality, equity, relevance, and cost-effectiveness. Social accountability invites us to step out of our comfort zone by showing a capacity of reflection, adaptation, and action in order to meet the present society’s needs.


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