New Book Offers Ways to Achieve Health for All

Community-Based Health Care: Lessons from Bangladesh to Bostonshows what rich and poor countries have learned from each other about providing health services

BOSTON, MA (MAY 7, 2002) — What works in community-based health care—and why? In this anthology, 36 of the world's leading health experts ponder these questions and share successful principles and approaches. The book highlights lessons from Bangladesh, which has succeeded in reducing fertility and child and maternal deaths despite widespread poverty, and shows how many of these lessons are being applied in poor communities around the world.

Carl and Henry Taylor reflect on their experiences in India, Peru, and other countries to recommend how health programs can be expanded. Gretchen Berggren discusses how people, processes, and technology interact in Haiti and Vietnam. Joseph Valadez shows how a quality assurance method has been adapted to improve decentralized health services in Nepal. Chapters on the United States describe programs in environments as different as rural West Virginia and Boston, where an HIV/AIDS prevention and care project is applying a case management approach used in other countries.

Readers interested in the goal of "health for all" will benefit from the discussions of equity, health financing, and techniques such as home visiting and community-based health information systems. The authors share the aim of reaching more people with sustainable, high-quality health services, and they offer a wealth of perspectives on how to achieve this aim.

A glossary, bibliography, and index make the book particularly valuable to teachers and students of community health care.