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A Bet for the Reduction of Health Inequities in Accordance with the Conditions of the Latin American Region

  • Ligia Malagón de Salazar
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Abstract

The present chapter has a threefold objective: (1) to highlight the potential of the Latin American region to contribute in the reduction of health inequities; (2) to show, using concrete facts, that this goal is not only possible but desirable; (3) to present a strategy that combines three public health functions according to the political, social, and structural characteristics of the territory where interventions are carried out. Evaluation research is a key element for an effective implementation of this strategy; it integrates all the components of the strategy and the whole process to reduce health inequities. To this end, theoretical and practical elements are proposed to extend the scope of the evaluation, so that it becomes a technical instrument for political and social purposes. In a globalized world, low- and middle-income countries should strengthen their capacity to actively participate and negotiate their agendas, starting from the local territorial level, to increase their capacity to negotiate with the other levels. The chapter explores the type of evaluation required, the type of questions and indicators to understand and judge advances, and methodological approaches that allow the evaluation to fulfill its central objective: to provide relevant and credible information to support the decision-making process as well as to serve as an instrument for permanent learning and strengthening of capacity.

Keywords

Evaluation research Capacity building Territory 

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  1. 1.Foundation for Public Health Development (FUNDESALUD)CaliColombia

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